Who we are

  • CISA in short

    The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) is the national peak student representative body independently run by international students for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level.

    CISA was inaugurated on  July 7, 2010 at the University of Tasmania, Hobart through the joint efforts of the National Union of Students (NUS), Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) to form a unified voice for all international students.

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    Our Vision

    To be recognised as a holistic voice for international students in Australia by the local, national and international community.

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    Our Mission

    Advocate for the interests and needs of international students;
    Advocate for high quality education for international students;
    Facilitate network building among stakeholders with an interest in supporting international students;
    Host an annual national forum for international students;
    Provide a means of consulting and engaging with international students;
    Host future international student roundtable events in partnership with various government entities;
    Promote cross-cultural awareness and interactions in Australia;
    Advocate for non-racial, non-discriminatory law reform concerning international students.

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    Our Values

    The CISA Brand Proposition is a new mindset, aligned with our strategy, values, vision and brand. It revitalizes the way how CISA operates and its organisational culture, how CISA engages with current and future international students, stakeholders within and beyond the international education industry by articulating what CISA stands for and defining the promise we make to all our members.

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To whom do we advocate on behalf of international students?

International students touch and are touched by all facets of life in Australia. As such, CISA strives to communicate its policy positions to a broad cross-section of the Australian society. At a national level, CISA lobbies the federal government, peak education sector bodies, and interacts with international education organisations in other countries. On a state level, the CISA Divisions lobby the education providers, state and local government, and interacts with campus-level student organisations.