Sponsor Information

Conference Partner


StudyNT works with the local community to welcome international students to achieve academic success and discover new pathways to their future in Australia’s Northern Territory.

For more information, please visit:  StudyNTVideo

Platinum Sponsors

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the Northern Territory is a young institution that already has achieved world rankings for the impact of its research. Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the top 2% of universities in the world and in the top 50 universities under 50 years old. The university has 11 campuses and centres located throughout the Northern Territory, and in Sydney and Melbourne.

The largest campus is in the culturally rich city of Darwin. Because of the university’s geographic location on the southern rim of Asia, it has a fundamental interest in South-East Asia, Northern Australia, and in Indigenous Australia.

More than 24,000 students study on CDU’s campuses and online in a variety of disciplines including engineering and information technology, the environment, health, psychological and clinical sciences, business, creative arts and humanities, education and law.

For more information, please visit www.cdu.edu.au


Study Melbourne

Each year more than 175,000 international students from over 160 countries choose to come to Victoria to study. Study Melbourne is a Victorian Government initiative providing support and information to this community, helping them have the best possible time while studying and living in Victoria. This includes a year round program of free events and confidential support services provided by the Australian-first Study Melbourne Student Centre.

The Study Melbourne Student Centre is an award-winning ‘one-stop- shop’ where you can access free support, information and contacts to help you enjoy living and studying in Victoria.

As part of a commitment to all international students in Victoria, Study Melbourne gives you:

  • Student Welcome Desk: pick up your Student Welcome Pack at Melbourne’s International Airport, delivered by the City of Melbourne
  • Study Melbourne Experience: enjoy special offers to Victoria’s great tourist attractions, events, festivals and sports games
  • Career Readiness Program: how to look for employment and volunteering opportunities, get legal support, and develop your career
  • International Student Welfare Grants: a new program for student organisations to receive funding to deliver projects for international students
  • Victorian International Education Awards: Study Melbourne hosts these prestigious awards to recognise and support innovative international students across a range of categories
  • Public Transport Discount: find out more about the public transport discount for international students at: iusepass.vic.gov.au

The Study Melbourne Student Centre is located at 599 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. Call us on 1800 056 449 (free call from landline phones 24/7).

For more information, please visit www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au

Gold Sponsors


At the heart of Navitas’ operations is a passion and commitment to enrich the learning and living experiences and outcomes of international students. Navitas has had a long association with CISA, supporting the Council, its leadership and its good work in a number of ways, including through funding the participation of CISA leaders at international conferences and sponsoring annual international student awards.


Working with more than 2,000 industry partners, the Navitas Careers and Internships team have developed extensive experience and industry insights helping over 6,300 international graduates successfully start their careers here in Australia. We are very proud to use our insights and expertise in employability to help the international student community in Australia develop their employability skills. We shared our experience and expertise in this area by hosting, with ETS TOEFL, an employability forum at the 2015 CISA conference. The forum provided insights to participants on how to become ‘job ready’ and kick-start their future careers. The session included the presentation of current employability research and invaluable behind-the-scenes glimpses into recruitment and hiring processes. One of the spin-offs of this session is a series of YouTube videos developed by Navitas’ Careers and Internship team and produced by interns at Navitas’ creative industries institute, SAE. The videos give tips on interview preparation for international students and are available via the Navitas Professional YouTube channel. Navitas is also proud to support IEAA’s production of International Students – A Guide for Australian Employers.

Navitas looks forward to continuing its long association with, and support to, CISA and the dynamic and talented international student body it represents.


Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent government agency created by the Fair Work Act 2009. It provides free education and information about people’s basic rights and protections in the workplace, including minimum pay and conditions. It also helps to resolve workplace issues, conduct investigations, and enforce relevant Commonwealth workplace laws.

“We know it is not always easy to understand what is right or wrong at work, or to speak up if you are concerned. This is why the theme of this year’s CISA conference, “breaking down barriers, facing the future together as one” is so important. I encourage all students to visit our website, to get informed, and if you are unsure, to seek our help. You can do this anonymously – either by calling our infoline or reporting an employer through a secure form on our website. Tell your friends about the Fair Work Ombudsman. Each person, each workplace, and each community has a lot to gain if we join together to keep workplaces fair.”
– Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) provides free education and information about workplace rights and entitlements, and helps to resolve workplace issues. As an international student, you may get a part time or a casual job to help pay for your living expenses while studying in Australia. It is important that you understand that you have workplace rights, such as to a minimum hourly pay rate, and that you can request assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman without fear.

Some of the free services we offer include:

For more information on how FWO can help you, visit our website at www.fairwork.gov.au or call us on 13 13 94. Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) are available on 13 14 50.



IELTS is delighted to continue our support as the Gold Sponsor of the CISA Conference 2016.

IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test. It is the test that opens doors to a world of academic and professional opportunity in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, USA and many other places around the world where English is a language in the workplace or the classroom.

IDP Education, a proud co-owner of IELTS, celebrates the achievements of students and is pleased to support the Award for the Best Postgraduate International Student and International Student Association of the Year.

To further support student leaders we invite you to:

  • Visit the IDP Education / IELTS booth for the latest free IELTS preparation materials and speak to our friendly representatives.
  • Join the IDP IELTS sponsored #BreakBarriers social media campaign, by sharing your successful stories for your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet! Join the #BreakBarriers campaign here

For more information, please visit: www.ieltsessentials.com and www.idp.com/australia/studyabroad


Department of Education and Training

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programmes including early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

The department provides leadership and coordination of international education and training across government and delivers programs and policies, to support the global exchange of knowledge. It’s responsibilities include the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework to support international students and the National Strategy for International Education 2025.

The Department of Education and Training  also manages several programmes that support the international mobility of Australians and overseas students, researchers and professionals. These include the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and the Endeavour Mobility Grants.

The department works with the education sector, other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration.

For more information, please visit www.education.gov.au and www.internationaleducation.gov.au 

Silver Sponsors

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for international students seeking a world-class education experience.

More than 2.5 million international students have studied here in the last fifty years. Over 80,000 alumni received Australian Government Scholarships and Fellowships from the Colombo Plan in the 1950s through to the Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan today.

With private students as well as those who have studied through the Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan programs, Australia has alumni from every corner of the globe.

The Government has developed a new Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy which will reach out to the Global Alumni Community, inviting alumni to connect and engage with Australia and the region. This Australia Global Alumni website will play a central role now the Strategy is activated.

For more information, please visit:
Global Alumni Website – http://globalalumni.gov.au/
Australia Global Alumni Strategy – http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/global-alumni/Pages/global-alumni.aspx


University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has been a leader in higher education and research for over 160 years. In 2014–15 international rankings reflected its strong research performance, excellence in learning and teaching, and intellectual and social capital. With one of Australia’s largest cohorts of graduate researchers working at the forefront of international scholarship, Melbourne is ranked as the country’s leading university and one of the finest in the world.

Equity Scholarship Sponsors


StudyPerth is the first point of contact for anyone wishing to obtain information on studying and living in Perth, Australia.

In collaboration with governments, educational institutions and stakeholders, StudyPerth provides a leadership role in building the profile of international education in WA overseas.

Our member institutions include the State’s five world class universities, plus numerous vocational education providers, primary and secondary schools and English language colleges – both from the public and private sectors.

It gives us great pride to see that 97% of the more than 57,000 international student enrolments in Western Australia are hosted by one of StudyPerth’s member institutions.

Perth has continually been ranked as one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2004-15) and ranked in the top 35 student cities in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2010-2016.)

Visit www.studyperth.com.au to learn more about your future in Perth.

Now is your time. Be part of it.



The NSW Government established StudyNSW in 2014 to increase the number of international students studying in Sydney and NSW or with our education providers overseas, improve the quality of their experience while in the State and recognise their contributions to our communities.

StudyNSW is a dedicated unit within the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet responsible for delivering the 10-year international education strategy outlined in the Industry Action Plan and positioning NSW in key markets as a leader in international education that launches global careers.

StudyNSW has four main functions:
Marketing, promotion and research;
Development of policy and advocacy to enhance the competitiveness of international education in NSW;
Delivery and evaluation of strategies and programs to improve the experiences of international students in NSW, and
Identification and generation of international market development opportunities and new technology-enabled models of delivery.

For more information, please visit www.study.sydney

Opening Plenary Sponsor

Griffith University

Griffith University is a multi-campus university with more than 44,000 students from over 130 countries.

At Griffith we provide a different type of education. For 40 years we have pioneered cutting-edge, forward thinking programs in diverse study areas. We were the first university in Australia to recognise the importance of, and introduce degrees in, globally significant fields such as Environmental Studies, Asian Studies, and International Business.

For two years’ running a Griffith lecturer has won the 2015 Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year. We have twelve subjects ranked among the top 200 in the world, with our Architecture/Built Environment, Art and Design, Education, Law and Legal studies, and Politics and International Studies programs ranked among the top 100 in the world. 

Through student success advisors, EnglishHELP, peer mentoring, international student advisors, and free extracurricular learning workshops, we ensure international students have the resources to excel academically. Our Griffith English Language Institute is a multi-award winning, university-based English language institute. 

Media Partner


The PIE is a media, recruitment and consultancy platform for Professionals working in International Education.

The PIE was launched at the end of 2011 after we recognised a gap in the media covering the international education industry and the need for a quality resource that covers all areas of the sector – higher ed, further ed, language learning, K-12, agents, edtech, and policy.
We also identified a need for a jobs board that covers the whole of the intled sector around the world, and an executive search service run by people who have worked in the sector and therefore understand the intricacies of what’s needed.