ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

An MOU with CISA was signed last night in Sydney at the StudyNSW 2018 International Student of the Year Award.

ISANA was pivotal in the the formative years of CISA and continues to provide support. The organisations have committed to working more closely on improved outcomes for International Students in Australia.

The ISANA president thanked Council members who contributed to bringing this signing about as it has been 2 years in the making.

Fair Work Ombudsman: Working in Australia Resources

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has released a comprehensive package of materials designed to assist those who work with migrant and multicultural communities – including international students – about workplace laws in Australia.

The ‘Working in Australia’ package will be particularly helpful to education providers required to educate international students about workplace laws as part of their compliance obligations under the ESOS National Code 2018.

The package includes:

 

In the news…

https://thepienews.com/news/isana-receives-grant-to-update-training/

The peak body for international student services in Australia, ISANA, has received an Enabling Growth and Innovation grantto update its online National Code training and provide wider access to the broader industry.

Selected as one of 14 EGI grant recipients, which provide $3m per year in government funding for projects created to support 2016’s National Strategy for International Education 2025, ISANA president Bronwyn Gilson said her organisation was excited to raise professional standards across Australia.

“There’s not one training that stretches right across for all those involved in the industry”

“It’s the one set of training that most new professionals in the area get to do,” she said.

“There’s not one that stretches right across for all those involved in the industry that may be in admissions, maybe in services or student welfare.”

The $128,00 grant will go towards updating ISANA’s currently existing online training and will look to make understanding the code more engaging.

The National Code, which was updated at the start of 2018, is the centrepiece of Australia’s regulatory frameworks to support international education, and outlines provider requirements across 11 standards, ranging from marketing requirements to engaging with education agents.

Gilson told The PIE News the new online training would be updated to reflect changes but added the structure would allow professionals to choose to access the information that is only relevant to them.

“If you only touch on international education, you can go through and do the basic tutorial and then there will be modules that sit behind that,” she said.

“If you want more information on the admission side you can go in and do that module.”

As part of creating the training, she said industry-wide consultation would take place and include the student voice to ensure all areas are covered.

A recent Centre for Global Higher Education has argued Australia will likely become the second most popular study destination by 2019.

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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

Press Release 19 March 2018 International Student Support in Australia

Press Release

19 March 2018

ISANA President: Bronwyn Gilson

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT IN AUSTRALIA

This week the ABC aired a 7.30 Report and Background Briefing podcast titled ‘The Death of Jeremy Hu’. ISANA is deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances of Jeremy’s death and we wish to express our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

ISANA is conscious of the issues raised in the report and will continue to support staff working in International Education with ongoing Professional Development and peer support networks. Jeremy’s case illustrates the cultural challenges faced by international students and recommends that all students receive culturally appropriate information about Australia.

As noted by ISANA State President for Victoria/Tasmania Branch, Manorani Guy, international students are significant contributors to the Australian economy to whom we have a moral obligation to support and assist. Support staff need to be provided with access to resources and ongoing support to assist the growing numbers of international students, whether or not the student is on a Student Visa.

ISANA works closely with student leaders, government and stakeholder groups to develop and refine strategies and policies to support students. With the release on 1 January 2018 of the National Code 2018, ISANA applauds the Government for reviewing, broadening and strengthening legislation related to international student safety. ISANA will ensure information and best practice on how to implement and action related policy and processes are shared amongst staff supporting international students.

ISANA is concerned that the student accommodation sector, including the provision of Homestay and guardianship services, is largely unregulated. We strongly recommend closer cooperation between stakeholders to ensure that quality provision of support services and accommodation for students especially for the under-18 year olds, is provided under a national set of standards. Many under age and over 18 year old international students are placed in Homestay programs and there are still significant efforts to be made by State or Federal Governments to regulate this industry, as it does with other accommodation/ tenancy arrangements. This is a current oversight that needs attention as a matter of priority.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/death-highlights-obligation-to-protect-international-students/9538860

For Media Requests please email President@ISANA.org.au

Website: www.ISANA.org.au

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.

Fairwork Ombudsman: International Student Strategy

You can find more resources here including a range of translations.

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/our-role/corporate/open-letter-to-international-students/chinese

Visa holders & migrants: information and help available in 30 languages http://www.fairwork.gov.au/languages

Record keeping Do you get pay slips? It’s a legal requirement. Try asking your boss as a first step if you’re not getting one https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/pay-slips-and-record-keeping/pay-slips

Deductions FAQ: Is it ok or dodgy for a work uniform ‘deposit’ to be taken from your first pay? It’s not a lawful deduction https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/deducting-pay-and-overpayments

Tips for young workers Compulsory meetings = $ payment. Food, clothing or other store products are no substitute https://www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/young-workers-and-students/myths-and-tips-for-young-workers

Ever broken something at work & had it docked from your pay? It’s not ok! https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/deducting-pay-and-overpayments

QLD PD: Adjustment issues and depression in International Students.

Upcoming PD and AGM the 17th October.

​Guest Speaker: Mr Sam Zimmer

Psychologist, International Student Services

Biography

Sam Zimmer is a psychologist who works within the tertiary education sector as an International Student Counsellor. Sam’s more recent professional experiences involve working as an Academic Language and Learning Adviser, a TESOL English Language Instructor overseas, a Research Field Worker in the School of Psychology at QUT and as a Family and Relationships Counsellor at Mercy Family Services. Sam has a passion for supporting wellbeing and transition among international students studying at Australian universities. He also enjoys improving his professional skills and knowledge in applied psychological practice and peer program development with international students.

Book your place here

 

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