The Council of International Student Australia (CISA) is the national peak student representative organisation for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level. CISA was inaugurated on Wednesday 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.

We are not aligned with any particular political party which allows us the freedom to openly and freely advance our position on issues for the betterment all international students. We are representing 600,000 international students in 2015.


We represent and advocate for the interests and needs of all international students on a broad number of topics, such as:

  • Quality education
  • Immigration
  • Employment/Work rights
  • Travel concessions
  • Accommodation
  • Access to education

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.


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