CISA Conference 2016

Council of International Students Australia (CISA) has held an annual national conference every year since 2010. The Conference provides an important opportunity for government bodies, stakeholders and students gather together and listen to each other, sharing inspirational and interesting opinions and goals. In recent years, the CISA’s National Conference has attracted over 200-250 delegates from all industries throughout Australia. Representatives from Legal Aid and other government departments, education agencies, students and others interested in international education have joined in the conversation.

For student delegates

The annual CISA conference brings together international student representatives from across Australia to share their voices and experience of studying in Australia. It aims to help them find their voice, to challenge and shape their future, and through this to be effective advocates for a quality international student experience in Australia.

For industry delegates

The conference also welcomes education, government and business representatives to engage with students and work with us to continue to improve international education and the student experience in Australia. We also celebrate students, student associations, education institutions and government’s success and contribution to international education.

Minister's Welcome Letter

The 6th CISA National Conference will be held in Darwin, 5-8 July 2016, in partnership with StudyNT and the Northern Territory Government. It will welcome a number of important ‘firsts’ in Australia – the first Australian Minister for International Education and the first National International Education Strategy. We look forward to exploring what this means for international students in Australia.What is so special about Darwin that sets this city aside from all the others?Darwin is the gateway between Australia and Asia – a tropical city closer to Indonesia and Singapore than Sydney or Melbourne. It has a rich indigenous heritage and population, plus unique natural environment that many international students do not have the chance to experience whilst studying in Australia’s southern jurisdictions.July in Darwin is the dry season – days will be 30 degrees and sunny. Possibly we could escape from the coldness.
This year's theme

“Breaking down barriers, facing the future together as one”

This year’s conference theme is “Breaking down barriers, facing the future together as one”. It seeks to engage international students and our partners, sponsors, education providers, government and business ‘as one’ to ensure international education in Australia lives up to its ideal – to provide a quality educational experience while building people to people connections amongst students, institutions and communities around the world. By having the conference in Darwin, Northern Territory, CISA hopes to break its own barriers in engaging international students beyond Australia’s eastern states. We represent international students from all over Australia and look forward to building our links with students and partners in Australia’s tropical north.

Can't join us in Darwin?
Leading up to the conference, we encourage all international students to join our#BreakBarriers campaign. The campaign aims to empower international students to engage with the local community by highlighting the stories/struggles of students who partake different activities/programs and by exploring the ways we have contributed to the country. The main objective is to shed light on the value that our 600,000+ international students bring to Australia that are often overlooked due to our “temporary” status.Photography



We express our sincere thank to all the volunteer, learned speakers, the outgoing executive committee and the conference organizing committee.
We anticipate to see you all again at the National Conference next year.

Types of Awards

Organisational Awards

International Student Association of the Year

Best International Student Event of the Year

Most Active International Student Association of the Year

Individual Awards

Postgraduate International Student of the Year

Undergraduate International Student of the Year

VET/TAFE/ELICOS International Student of the Year