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 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 Australia and New Zealand…From The PIE News

From The PIE News…
The PIE: What role do your organisations play in international education?

“We’re the voice of the students but also the voice of the staff who work with the students”

LM: I think we are the voice of the students. We know a lot of our practitioners are working at the grassroots level and they are interacting with students, so they get to know what students want, and we provide a forum to escalate that.

MAS: ISANA Australia and New Zealand memberships are basically staff who work at the coalface with students. Not only do they get to be the voice of the students, and that’s more so in New Zealand where they don’t have an organisation like the Council of International Students Australia, we deal with students day-in-day-out.

We are able to give feedback of critical information on the effect of any policy changes. With policy legislation changes, we can say ‘hang on a second, if you want to do this, these are the implications it will have’ because we are the ones who will actually be implementing it. So we’re the voice of the students but also the voice of the staff who work with the students.

“Our international student numbers have increased and once they are here we want to retain their skills and knowledge”

LM: Also, with a lot of international student support staff, there’s no formal training and so ISANA is there to provide professional development. Anyone can go into the role, but there’s all these transferable skills we’re looking for, and a lot of them are intuitive skills which are very warm and fuzzy, but that’s what you need in student support. A lot of those people do not have formal training so we provide professional development throughout the year.

read more here…

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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Want to keep up with what we’re doing?

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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