Supplementary Information to the CISA Affiliation
Are you a new group at your institution or not a group within the institution but have Australian international students in your organisation, then you can apply to become an affiliate member of the Council of International Students Australia (CISA).
The difference between Affiliate Members and Members:
At this time, we can only offer voting rights and the ability to run for an executive position to our members.
Like to know more about CISA before becoming an affiliate member? Click on the following menus to learn more about our organisation:
How do we represent International Students?
Our advocacy activities on a state and national 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 of all international students.
“To be recognised as a holistic voice for international students in Australia by the local, national and international community. “
We are a not-for-profit and non-political body, which gives us the freedom to openly and freely advance our position on, issues for the betterment all international students in Australia.
We currently represent Undergraduate, Postgraduate, VET/TAFE Foundation and ELICOS institutions.
|CISA at a National Level
CISA on a National Level
Representation in these boards/conferences is important because CISA needs to become the vessel through which the international student voice is heard.
They are also a means through which CISA can raise international student issues, often with those who have the power to implement changes for the benefit of international students.
Council for International Education
Council for International Education’s role is to oversee Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education 2025.
The council will work with education providers, industry, and federal, state and territory governments to ensure the sector continues to play a key role in driving Australia’s future economic growth, global engagement, and innovation.
Goal 2: Delivering the best possible student experience
Australia will: “…encourage a strong international student voice and continually improve our performance based on student feedback.”
International Education Stakeholders’ Network
Education and Visa Consultative Committee
Temporary Migration Form
The Forum brought together a select group of government, NGO, academic and policy stakeholders to consider and discuss three issues associated with temporary migration in Australia: international students, New Zealand citizens and temporary workers.
Education and Visa Consultative Committee
This forum was initiated by the Overseas Student Ombudsman to bring together key complaint handling bodies in the country. CISA Equity and Welfare Officer presented findings based on the grievance complaints they have received.
Other Conferences & Forums
Consultation: Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) National Code
The National Code sets nationally consistent standards for delivery of education to overseas students.
Proposed changes aim to modernise and simplify the National Code so it can be easily applied by providers and regulators, and increase flexibility where appropriate and relevant for international students.
CISA was one of the bodies consulted prior to the public consultation.
Consultation: Ombudsman Discussion Paper on External Complaint Handling Avenues
This paper sets out the range of stakeholder views, some suggesting no change required to current arrangements and others that require significant government involvement and legislative amendment.
Consideration for change to the current complaint handling arrangements for international students is a matter for government. The purpose of this paper is to inform the government of the sector’s views and possible options available to address these matters
Federal Government Collaborators
Peak Body Collaborators
|CISA on a State Level
CISA on a State Level
CISA ON A STATE LEVEL: VICTORIA
Victorian members during an international student roundtable organised by CISA
Member of the Victorian Ministerial International Education Roundtable
Minister Dalidakis, during the launch of Victorian Government’s LIVE initiative
The Victorian International Education Ministerial Advisory Roundtable was established in 2014 to provide a regular opportunity for international providers, peak bodies, students and the state government to share information on matters impacting upon the performance and growth of the sector.
The role of the advisory roundtable is to provide advice to the minister and to share information on emerging issues, and to facilitate coordinated action across providers and government.
The National President is currently a member of the roundtable together with other notable figures within the international education space in Victoria
Combatting Workplace Exploitation through the LEAD Employment Advocate
CISA has partnered with United Voice – the union for hospitality, cleaning workers and other industries – to train international student leaders In understanding their employment rights.
THE LEAD – EMPLOYMENT ADVOCATES Project will train up to 40 international students to be Workplace Champions/Employment Advocates. The training will be specifically and uniquely designed to develop knowledge and understanding of workplace rights and employment law in Australia.
CISA ON A STATE LEVEL: QUEENSLAND
Queensland International Student Advisory Panel during the Trade Investment Queensland International Education Summit in Gold Coast
CISA in the Queensland International Education and Training Strategy
CISA ON A STATE LEVEL: NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW International Education Advisory Board StudyNSW functions are delivered under the guidance of the NSW International Education Advisory Board (IEAB) which was established in July 2014. The IEAB provides expert insight and opinion on StudyNSW’s strategic direction, including the delivery of the NSW International Education and Research Industry Action Plan
The National President of the Council of International Students (CISA) is the official member of the board on paper, however, CISA may nominate another executive based on geographical convenience. (See Appendix C of the NSW International Education Strategy).
|CISA Organisation Structure
International Student Advisory Groups
VICTORIA – Victoria International Student Advisory Network (VISAN); collaboration with Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS)
QUEENSLAND – Queensland international Student Advisory Panel (QISAP); collaboration between CISA and Trade Investment Queensland
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
NEW SOUTH WALES
|Why Become a Member
Why Become a Member
Affiliation Benefits, Eligibility, Fees and Process
State/Territory Advisory Group participation
We believe your continuous support is a vote of confidence to us and with that, we would be able to go further and longer.
Interesting in becoming an affiliation, contact the CISA National Secretary at email@example.com for more details.