Supplementary Information to the CISA Affiliation

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The difference between Affiliate Members and Members:

Members will have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting as well as the ability for their students to run for executive positions.

About CISA

How do we represent International Students?

Our advocacy activities on a state and national level

Brief History

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.

The Vision

“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.

Our Ecosystem

CISA at a National Level

CISA on a National Level

Council for International Education
International Education Stakeholders’ Network
Education and Visa Consultative Committee
National Ombudsman Forum
Temporary Migration Forum
Other Conferences & Forums
Consultation: Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) National Code
Consultation: Ombudsman Discussion Paper on External Complaint Handling Avenues

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 provide a rewarding experience for international students.

Australia will: “…encourage a strong international student voice and continually improve our performance based on student feedback.”

International Education Stakeholders’ Network

  • Department of Education and Training
  • Anything international education relatedAttended by Peak Bodies, Federal Government Departments
  • CISA’s representation -> we are always in the loop

Education and Visa Consultative Committee

  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Attended by Peak Bodies, Federal and State Government Departments
  • Simplified Student Visa Framework
  • Agent matters (i.e Tu Futuro EnCase)
  • 485 Visa matters

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

  • Asia-Pacific International Education Forum (APIEF) 2016
  • English Australia Conference 2016
  • Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit 2016
  • Australia International Education Conference (AIEC) 2016
  • Universities Australia Conference 2017
  • University Community Safety and Wellbeing Conference 2017
  • Queensland International Education Summit 2017

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


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.


  • Raise international student awareness in relation to exploitation, employment law, and workers rights through these Peer=Peer activities.
  • Inform students regarding basic rights, provide them with materials/resources and encourage students with employment grievances to speak up, ensuring they are linked with organisations that can advise or take on case work referrals.


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


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

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



Why Become a Member

Why Become a Member

Affiliation Benefits, Eligibility, Fees and Process

State/Territory Advisory Group participation


Membership Eligibility

(a) It is an organisation that supports and promotes the interests and needs of international students; and

(b) It fulfills the requirements typical of member-based associations (including, for example, holding general meetings, electing officers or consulting with and reporting to a membership); and

(c) It has individual or groups of international students as members; and

(d) It actively engage or communicate with international students on an ongoing basis; and

(e) It is a not-for-profit organisation.


Universities: $400*

VET, TAFE, Foundations, and ELICOS: $200


  • Complete and lodge the Application form (see Appendix 1) with CISA NationalSecretary ( with email subject written as “[Full Uni/SRCname] Affiliation Application [Current year]”
  • Submit association’s constitution and minutes of the meeting which clearly state that the association approved membership of CISA.
  • Highlight text in the constitution that states the categories of students the association represents.
  • An invoice will then be issued by CISA Treasurer upon approval of membership application.

** CONCESSION Fee available upon request (please see Proposal for further details)

Thank You

Thank You

We believe your continuous support is a vote of confidence to us and with that, we would be able to go further and longer.

For further details in this pack, please contact CISA President at

For all things related to affiliation, please contact CISA Secretary at

Click here to down a PDF version of the Affiliation Package.
To receive an application to become a member, please email the Secretary at