NSW: My Legal Mate – App for international students

From Redfern Legal Centre:

Redfern Legal Centre have been funded and supported by Study NSW, the City of Sydney and the Fair Work Ombudsman to develop a groundbreaking new mobile app offering multilingual legal advice to international students studying in NSW.

The product was launched last month at the Lord Mayor’s Welcome for overseas students at Sydney Town Hall.

You can see an introductory demo video here: https://rlc.org.au/article/my-legal-mate-putting-law-students’-pockets

Redfern Legal Centre provides a free statewide legal advice service for international students funded by Study NSW, and City of Sydney and we can see about 600 students per annum. However we know that up to 40% of NSW’s 260,000 international students will experience some form of legal issue during their study – impacting welfare, retention and offshore reputation. These issues are most commonly around employment, housing, disputes with education providers and sexual assault. Many of these students issues would be mitigated or avoided if students had access to better information in real time.

With our technology partner edtech company Practera, we have developed MyLegal Mate – a first of its kind interactive app, with video streams providing students with instant access to customised legal information, delivered in ‘face to face’ question and answer format in English and six other languages. We are offering the app to education providers on an annual non-profit subscription basis, allowing any student to access the information free-of-charge. Any revenue beyond operating costs will be re-invested in direct legal service delivery to international students. The Practera platform is already used by a number of NSW Universities.

This is an innovative way to ensure international students can get instant access to tailored legal information and be empowered to take greater control if problems occur. By downloading the app on enrolment, international students will be armed with information about their rights before they start their course, with the ultimate aim of preventing issues arising while they are in Australia.

Contact for more info:

Redfern Legal Centre | 73 Pitt St. Redfern NSW 2016

p. 02 9698 7277

NSW: Youth week in Sydney. International Students invited to assist with planning.

NSW: Youth week in Sydney. International Students invited to assist with planning.

Dear Students,
We are seeking interested and skilled students to join a planning committee for Intercultural Sports Day, one of many Youth Week events.

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

Intercultural Sports Day will be held on Friday 12 April 2019 from 3pm – 9pm at the King George V Recreation centre in the Rocks. It will be heaps of fun with activities, sport, food and opportunity to meet your peers from all universities and colleges in Sydney! If you have talent, interest, skills, enthusiasm and commitment – we want you!

We need students who can assist in the following areas:
· Project management
· Event planning
· Graphic design
· Advertising and promotions – online, social media, print

We will have teams of students in various event planning specialisations. It will look great on
your resume and you get to make new friends.

Please complete online registration form on Eventbrite by 29 March 2019.
https://intercultural-sports-day-2019.eventbrite.com.au

NSW: City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students – 11 April 2019

Newly arrived international students are invited to the City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students on 11 April 2019. This is a special annual event hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore to welcome newly arrived international students and celebrate their contributions to the cultural life and diversity of Sydney.

Each year, about 1,000 international students gather at Sydney Town Hall to connect with their fellow students, cultures and essential services in Sydney.

Many of you have been very involved with the event in the past to help promote social inclusion, safety and wellbeing, and introduce students to local Aboriginal cultures and inspiring guest speakers.

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to invite your newly arrived international students to come join us. Tickets are free and limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The event and booking details are:

Tickets are free and limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The event and booking details are:

Thursday 11 April 2019

5pm registration for 6pm start – 7.30pm

Sydney Town Hall

Register now (please select City of Sydney ticket category)

This event is supported by Study NSW, the University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

ISANA (NSW) partnership on student workplace exploitation project awarded #StudyNSW funding.

We are delighted that Information For Impact: Enabling Education Providers To Address Exploitation Of International Students In Accommodation And At Work has been successfully selected as a StudyNSW Partner Project for 2018-19.

ISANA NSW is a central partner in this landmark project. In addition to UNSW Sydney and UTS: Sydney, other partners include English Australia, the Fair Work Ombudsman, Redfern Legal Centre, education agents, and CISA.

We are writing to providers to seek help with mapping the landscape of information that international students currently receive on working conditions and workplace rights in Australia, and on accommodation.

We would greatly appreciate if your College/University/Provider could please:

  • provide a description, and if possible copies, of examples of information that you provide to students in relation to work rights and accommodation
  • indicate when and how each item is conveyed to students (e.g. email, on website, social media).

We also welcome your views on information that you believe will make an impact in relation to student accommodation and employment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Lyndall Benton

ISANA NSW and ACT (ACTiveNSW)

Email: activensw@isana.org.au

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Wednesday 11 April 5:30 – 7:00pm – networking event for members and your colleagues

Join us for a post-work get-together to catch up on news and speak to sector representatives. For this first 2018 event we will meet at the MLC Centre Sydney, right by Martin Place Station. Details to follow soon.

Tuesday 1 May – half day PD session: under 18 students

This session will focus on case study examples of best practice policies and guidelines for under 18 students. We will review in consideration of the National Code 2018. Details to follow soon.

Coming Soon! – half-day PD session: international student mental health & staff self-care
This session will cover:

  • What support services does your institution have for international students
  • What is your institution’s critical incident policy?
  • First-hand experiences of counsellor/student advisors on issues they encounter, how it affects them, and self-care practices
  • Presentation from English Australia about the 2018 research and guidelines on international student mental health
  • Opportunity to share your experiences and best practice
  • Guidance on self-care/workshops for professional staff
ISANA national conference, submissions now open! #ISANAconf18

ISANA national conference, submissions now open! #ISANAconf18

This is a gentle reminder that the 29th ISANA International Education Association Conference will be held at the Sydney Masonic Centre, New South Wales on 4 – 7 December 2018.

The theme for the conference is ‘Educate and collaborate: Inclusive practices to enable international students’.

The Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation. This is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in sharing best practice initiatives and contribute to the success of this national event.

ALL ABSTRACTS DUE 16TH MAY

check details here: http://2018.isanaconference.com/submission

Calls for comment on Sydney City International Education Action Plan

From the City of Sydney Website…

We invite your feedback on our international education action plan. The plan includes actions to support international students and help them form lifelong connections with Sydney.

The actions in the plan include:
  • welcoming international students into the Sydney community when they arrive
  • providing a rewarding study experience with access to wellbeing resources and opportunities to participate in city life
  • increasing opportunities to gain meaningful work experience
  • strengthening connections with the local community
  • nurturing our connections with global alumni.

These actions all aim to sustain Sydney’s position as a leading education destination in Australia and across the globe.

We would like to hear from people in the tertiary international education sector including students, alumni, education providers, support services, supporting businesses, accommodation providers education agents and residents.

Your feedback will help shape a collaborative plan and help provide a harmonious experience to international students.

How to give your feedback

You can view the plan and provide your feedback by emailing sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au(External link).

You can complete an online survey about our plan. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2WTJDZG

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 20 April 2018.

Other ways to give us your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed under who’s listening.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service(External link). You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service(External link) on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

Redfern (Sydney, NSW) Legal Service for International Students

What is this service?

We give free, confidential legal advice to international students living in New South Wales.

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International students in NSW can get advice about housing problems, fines, debts, car accidents, employment, discrimination, family law, domestic violence, and complaints about colleges or universities. We can also advise how these problems affect student visas.

How to access this service

Call us on (02) 9698 7645. Advice is by appointment on a Wednesday evening, either in person, by phone or using video-link up.

To call us using a free telephone interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.

Please note that we can make arrangements to advise students living anywhere in NSW.

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New website – NSW Sexual Health Info Link

https://www.shil.nsw.gov.au/Homepage.aspx

The new SHIL website…. It’s now LIVE! www.shil.nsw.gov.au

It now provides information about SHIL as well as links to:

A statewide service providing sexual health information and support for the general public and health professionals.

www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au

 

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