CISA Conference 2015


The 2015 Conference theme: Celebrating Achievements, Together towards Tomorrow.’Celebrating Achievements’ is about working on the strengths of CISA as the national peak representative organisation for international students. This includes CISA’s past advocacy and policy ‘wins’ for international students, CISA’s success as a community engagement platform and many others.’Together towards Tomorrow’ is about drawing out action plans from key issues identified through past analysis and research on international students, bringing greater change and reforms to the international student experience in Australia.






We are excited to announce the overarching theme for this year’s Council of International Students Australia’s (CISA) National Conference: Celebrating Achievements, Together towards Tomorrow.

We are delighted to be returning to Melbourne this year, where our first ever conference were being held four years ago. Following a successful bid by Study Melbourne in partnership with Deakin and La Trobe University, this year’s conference will be held at Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston Street, Carlton Victoria 3053, from the 6-8th July, followed by an Annual General Meeting (for members only) on the 9th July.

As CISA marks its 5th year anniversary, we ask that you join us in celebrating our achievements, the hard work and contribution of international student representatives of both past and present in shaping the quality of the international student experience in Australia.

This year, we bring you an impressive line-up of speakers and exhibitors from the international education sector and beyond. This conference will be the conference where international student change-makers meet with one another, explore ideas, and more importantly, come out with an action plan based on key issues identified in past CISA conferences – workplace issues and employability, affordable and quality accommodation.

Our pre-conference workshops once again aim to empower international student representatives, with a core focus this time on “How to be an effective international student representative”. Our aim is to make sure that student delegates will walk off from the conference with an abundance of knowledge about how to advocate for their peers by knowing ‘Who’s who in the Zoo’ and using best practices’ strategies shared by professionals.

The conference will see CISA delegates confront the debate through the high calibre of speakers led thought provoking presentations and robust panel discussions. We will seek to challenge the sector to improve and innovate for a better campus experience for students.

We hope to see you soon!



Date: Monday 6 July 2015
Time: 5.00pm till 7.00pm
Location: Exhibition Hall (Peninsula C)
Guest ticket: $60 per ticket
Dress: Smart Casual

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2015
Time: 7.00pm till 11.00pm
Location: Peninsula A
Guest ticket: $180 per ticket
Dress: Formal
Ticket Entry Only

Food will be available separately for delegates who have requested special dietary requirements in their registration. A separate serving station will be available for you to collect your meal. If you specified any dietary requirements when you registered, you will be given a card to show wait staff during all catering sessions.



Over 200 delegates from federal government, education agenies and student representative bodies have attended this year 3-day conference.
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.