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
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.
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.
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.
Have an idea to enhance the international student experience in NSW? Grants of up to $110,000 are available through the StudyNSW Partner Projects scheme.
Applications close soon
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
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
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.