Join the VIC/TAS branch for PD: International Student Mental Health

Next VIC/TAS ISANA PD SESSION and AGM
AGM- BRANCH COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
 
Warm greetings to ISANA members and Non-members alike. I would like to remind you about our next PD session: International Students Mental Health – Common issues, challenges, strengths and useful support strategies.  There is evidence that 1 in 4 people aged 15-24 will experience mental ill-health in one year. More specifically, tertiary students with mental health issues are at higher risk of dropping out early, academic failure, limited social connections and poor health outcomes. 

This topic is relevant to all of us as we work hard every day trying to make a difference in the lives of international students. Sometimes we feel powerless to do anything positive which is why this PD is so important. The presenters bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and will provide a way for you to think about wellbeing and importantly, how to improve your own and that of others. Please see below for more information and registration details.
 

TPS Levy: Administrative and Base fees reduced for providers

From DET: 12th October 2017

Tuition Protection Service (TPS) levy – reduction in the administrative and base fees for 2018 collection
Yesterday the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training has reduced the administrative and base fee components of the TPS levy by 75 per cent. Based on projected international student enrolment figures, this will save international education providers more than $3 million in 2018 and approximately $16.6 million over the forward estimates.
The Legislative Instrument attached specifies the dollar amounts for the administrative and base fee components of the TPS levy payable by providers in 2018.
In 2018, the administrative fee component will be the sum of:
(a) $107; and
(b) $0.55 multiplied by the total enrolments for the provider for the previous year (2017).
 
In 2018, the base fee component will be the sum of:
(a) $215; and
(b) $1.36 multiplied by the total enrolments for the provider for the previous year (2017).
 
If the Minister does not make a new instrument for the following calendar years, the instrument will continue to apply but with annual indexation. In making any adjustments to the administrative and base fees, the Minister cannot exceed the current legislated fees.
Background
Recent changes to the Education Service for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework enable the Government to proactively manage the Overseas Students Tuition Fund in response to changing market conditions. The Minister can now determine the administrative and base fee components of the TPS levy, which were previously prescribed in the ESOS (TPS Levies) Act) 2012.
The Government will work closely with the TPS Advisory Board and the international education sector to ensure sufficient reserves are maintained in the Fund to protect students’ investment in their tuition.
If you have any questions regarding the information provided in this email, please email ESOS-PolicyTeam@education.gov.au or call Brett Galt-Smith, Acting Branch Manager, Policy and Systems, on (02) 6240 0627.
 
Kind regards
Warwick Miles
A/g Director
Policy and Legislation | Policy and Systems

New ELICOS standards: Confused? Here’s a clearer picture.

From English Australia 12 October 2017

Education Minister announces the revised standards for Australia’s ELICOS sector

HOBART: The Hon Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, today reiterated the importance of quality and standards in maintaining Australia’s high reputation as a destination for international students.

Speaking at the Australian International Education Conference the Senator used the Ministerial Address to highlight Australia’s successes in international education, and the important role of ELICOS within that space. He also stressed the need to maintain high standards across the sector. The Senator recognised English Australia’s leading role in driving quality across the ELICOS sector, in particular acknowledging the role of English Australia’s CEO Brett Blacker in the development of legislative and regulatory framework for the sector.

“Australia has always been at the forefront in regard to legislation to support quality in English language teaching and the ELICOS National Standards are the cornerstone of our sectors quality assurance framework, with the new standards upholding that tradition.

The changes announced today will ensure that all providers of courses to international students where the outcome is solely or predominantly English language will need to adhere to the standards, and that is a positive step in ensuring a level playing field for all providers”, noted Brett.

English Australia CEO stated, “there has been some misinterpretation of the new standards, which implied a deficit in the English proficiency of students currently entering Australian Tertiary qualifications. I uphold that the Australian ELICOS sector is highly recognised globally for our course accreditation processes and the quality of educational delivery with a low prevalence of compliance issues, and the sector has been well served by the standards to date”.

Students undertaking ELICOS should note that they will not be directly affected by the scope of the new standards or required to undertake any additional assessment.

The new standard for providers related to direct entry arrangements into tertiary education courses, strengthens existing polices already met by most providers and should not require a significant change to current assessment processes. In consultation with TEQSA, English Australia is confident that a risk based approach will be adopted in the application of this standard.

We will actively work with members to ensure there is clarity in the application of the standards and utilise resources such as our Best Practice Guide to Direct Entry Programs, and we will continue to support providers in demonstrating adherence to the standards.

English Australia is proud to have played an invaluable part in representing our members in the pursuit of robust standards throughout the sector, and will continue to work closely with the Government in the implementation of the ELICOS National Standards.

 

 

15 October 2017

Joint Response from:

A MESSAGE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SEEKING TO STUDY IN AUSTRALIA

Contrary to some media reports over the past day, a new test is not being imposed to
assess English-language proficiency among international students in Australia.

Australian education institutions already have some of the strongest standards in the world
to ensure that international students can get the most benefit from studying and living here.
Yesterday the Australian Government released updated national standards for ELICOS
(English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students), which will apply from 2018.
Some media reports mistakenly suggested a new test is required as part of these new
standards.

There is no requirement for further standardised testing under the ELICOS National
Standards 2018.

Testing is only one form of assessment that may be considered and education providers will
still set their own English language requirements for entry to their courses.

Crucially, also, the revised standards do not change the existing visa requirements to study
in Australia – nor the pathways to further study.

It is important that potential students understand this will not make it harder to study in
Australia.

The ELICOS National Standards 2018 make minor amendments to existing standards to
ensure quality is upheld in the future.

The main change amends the definition of an ELICOS course to bring all registered
intensive English language courses within the scope of the ELICOS standards.

This step has been supported by all peak education bodies as yet another quality measure
to ensure students get the most from their education in Australia.
Australia’s international education industry has been developed with robust regulatory and
quality controls.

This joint communique of Australia’s leading peak bodies for international education affirms
the quality of our ELICOS sector and our shared commitment to safeguard that quality

 

ISANA Professional Development: Upcoming opportunity in NSW

Understanding the International Student Life-Cycle and Managing Critical Incidents

Date: 29th June 2017
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Department of Premier and Cabinet, 52 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Highlights of these two interactive workshops

Session 1 (9.30am- 12.30pm)
Exploring the international student lifecycle and identifying challenges they face
Sharing best practice and discussing available community resources
Developing strategies that contribute to a positive international student experience
Session 2 (1.30pm – 4.30pm)
Definitions and Examples of a critical incident
Critical Incident preparation and response
Policy Development
Self Care
About the presenter:
National President: ISANA International Education Association
Current ISANA national president, Mary Ann Seow, has been a member of the ISANA National Council since 2009 and has been actively involved in international education in Australia for over 15 years. Her passion lies in working in the international education sector and collaborating with agencies, student groups and peers to assist and support international students and to advance research in international education.

REGISTER at www.ISANA.org.au

Brisbane International Student Hub Afternoon Tea

Friday 28th April saw a productive, fun and informative afternoon tea at The Edge at the State Library, which is the home of the Brisbane Student Hub.  It is a great drop in and work space for international students to use. Students can access help in the form of  information, advice and referrals on healthcare, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal services, as well as connecting students to local events and activities. Thank you to Multicultural Development Association for putting on this event. ISANA members from both tertiary, secondary and TAFE attended and we met many of the Brisbane student ambassadors, who are clearly doing a wonderful job.

The Hub is open between 12-5pm  on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday or by appointment from Monday and Fridaybetween 9am-5pm. The website for more information is: https://mdaltd.org.au/brisbanestudenthub/

ISANA QLD: Coming PD Events

QLD Branch
Industry discussions and networking

When:                                   Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Time:                                     8am – 11am
Location:                              CPA Australia office, Level 29, 10 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
Cost:                                      Members $20, non-members $40
RSVP:                                    Friday, 2 June 2017
Opening:
Rebecca Hall, Executive Director of International Education & Training Unit   Trade Investment Queensland
Target Audience:
Staff involved in the international education sector who regularly interact,
assist or support international students.

Join us for an opportunity for members in the international education sector to discuss and exchange information and approaches on sector issues. Questions and topics, provided by participants through the event registration form, will be tabled for grouped discussions to ensure topics are relevant to the interests and focus of those in attendance.

REGISTER HERE

National Code and ESOS Workshop, including 457 Visa Changes

When:                                  Thursday, 24 August 2017
Time:                                     9am – 1pm
Location:                              CPA Australia office, Level 29, 10 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
Cost:                                      Members $50, non-members $80 (includes morning tea, excludes lunch)
RSVP:                                    Friday, 11 August 2017
Target Audience:
Staff involved in the international education sector who regularly interact,
assist or support international students.
Presenters:                   
Mariana Lane:   Project Manager (International Education), Independent
   Schools Queensland,
Ben Houston:      Director, Systems and Compliance Section, Australia                                        Government Department of Education and Training
Confirming:         Dept. Immigration and Border Protection

This session will focus on changes to government legislation and policies, especially in regards to the updates on the Commonwealth ESOS framework, 457 visa changes, PRISMS, the Tuition Protection Service, simplified student visa framework, student-related visa policies and streamlined visa processing. The presentation will be delivered by Mariana Lane. However, Ben Houston and a representative from immigration will attend via a conference link for question and answer sessions.

REGISTRATION OPENING SOON

Become an ISANA member!

Become an ISANA member!

An ISANA membership underpins the work of those who work in the Australian and New Zealand international education industry. The organisation provides the information, training and networks that assist these international educators, administrators and student support staff to accomplish their daily work and advance their careers.

If you would like to become a member, please complete the ISANA Membership Form available here and email or fax it to the Secretariat at isana@isana.org.au or fax it to+61 3 6231 1522.
*Membership with ISANA is individual based not institutional.

ISANA Professional Development: Hobart, Tasmania

The Importance of Collaboration in Providing Information to International Students
Friday, 9 June 2017
University of Tasmania

International Education Providers often find it challenging to disseminate information to students. These include information on courses, academic enrolments, accommodation, health, social events, career and employment and other support services. Often the challenge of providing information is compounded by a misunderstanding of how students access information in the digital age.

This PD includes the following activities:
Opening Session: Encouraging stronger business and industry links for our international studentsKey Note speech from Associate Professor Shanton Chang: The importance of Collaboration in Providing Information to International Students

Panel Discussion: Connecting with international students: How and where do they get information? What are the challenges?

More Info

ISANA VIC/TAS State Conference

Working together: Solution-focused support for International Students in the 21stCentury.
Friday, 1 September  2017

It is no secret that it has been a challenging year in international education.  ISANA is focused on meeting the needs of those whose lives touch international students. The VIC/TAS 2017 state conference will break new ground by blending knowledge and practice skillfully to leave the delegates feeling invigorated and more able to face the challenges in their association with international students.

Themes to be explored:
Accommodation, visa class changes, use of social media, student support services, OSHC, MYKI, student safety, under 18 students, sexual health and equity, the important of networking and the latest research on international student social network behavior and changes.

Call for Presentations:

We are seeking presenters for the conference, which is shaping up to be an exciting event of presentations, workshops, panel sessions and keynote speakers. If you are passionate about a particular area or issue in relation to working with international students, or if you have experiences to relate which will inform and challenge, we would like to hear from you.
For further information about any aspect of presenting at the Conference please see Call for Abstracts below.

Call for Abstracts

ISANA International Education Association Inc
ABN: 42 335 124 078

 

ISANA Secretariat
isana@isana.org.au

 

Office Hours:

Monday & Wednesday 9.30 am – 2.30 pm

 

Address:

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Ph: +61 3 6231 0253

 

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