Volunteer

Volunteer with CISA

Are you interested in volunteering with CISA? Please make sure you check the deadlines and positions. When you are ready, click the link at the end and apply for your top 3 positions.

Vision & Mission

Vision & Mission

Our 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.

Our Mission

  • Advocate for the interest and needs of international students;
  • Advocate for high quality education for international students;
  • Facilitate network building among stakeholders with an interest in supporting international students;
  • Host an annual national forum for international students;
  • Provide a means of consulting and engaging with international students;
  • Host future international student roundtable events in partnership with various government entities;
  • Promote cross-cultural awareness and interactions in Australia;
  • Advocate for non-racist, non-  discriminatory law reform concerning international students.
General Information

General Information

What You Can Expect as a Volunteer

CISA values its volunteers and we will provide you with:

  • A written position description so that you can understand your role and the tasks you are authorised to perform as a volunteer;
  • A full induction, orientation and any training necessary for the volunteer role;
  • An experienced student representative as your supervisor, so that you have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback;
  • Reimbursement for your reasonable expenses so you are not out-of-pocket as a result of volunteering for us;
  • A certificate of Recognition at the end of the term;
  • Participation in CISA related activities and events.

What CISA will Ask of You

Support CISA aims and objectives

  • Participate in all relevant induction and training programs;
  • Operate under the direction and supervision of nominated CISA executives and obey reasonable directions and instructions;
  • Understand and comply with the organisation’s policies and procedures; including antidiscrimination, health and safety and confidentiality;
  • Notify your supervisor or another member of CISA committee of any hazardous situations that pose a risk to you or others and report any accidents or incidents relating to staff, volunteers or plant and equipment.
  • Behave appropriately and courteously to both the staff and the public with whom you interact in the course of your role;
  • Use any property or equipment given to you in your role only for purpose of the job and return it to the organisation when you finish your volunteer role;
  • Let us know if you wish to change the nature of your contribution (e.g.  hours role) to CISA at any time;
  • Be open and honest in your dealings with us and let us know if we can improve our volunteer program and the support that you receive.

What CISA will Ask of You

Successful applicant should have the following attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience in event and people management;
  • Flexible schedule;
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated;
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team that is spread out across Australia;
  • Have strong interpersonal skills.
Timeline and Checklist

Timeline and Checklist

Key Dates

14 August: Applications Open

05 September: Applications Close at 11:59 AEST

10 September: Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates

15 September – 20 September: Interview Period

25 September: Official Start Dates*

 

*Note: Inductions will be organised by individual executive teams.

 

Checklist

Check your eligibility:

  • International Student enrolled in Foundations, ELICOS, VET, TAFE, or a University educational institution
  • Will be in Australia until July 2018

Look through the job description and what is expected of you:

  • Consider your own skills and the skills you seek to develop further
  • Ensure that you understand the job description
  • Contact the respective executive member when in doubt

Ensure that you are able to commit to the role

  • Fill in the Application Form:
    • Submit necessary documents: E-COE and Resume
  • Ensure that you receive an email acknowledging successful submission

Upon Shortlisted:

  • Familiarise yourself with CISA and the work in your portfolio
  • Attend interview session or arrange to reschedule if you are unable to make it

Congratulations, you’ve been accepted! Now what?

  • Attend induction session
  • Sign volunteer contract
  • Get to know your team
Positions Available

Positions Available

Office of the President

  • Executive Assistant
  • Strategic Policy and Issues Coordinator
  • Media and Communication Advisor

Office of the Vice President

  • Executive Assistant
  • Partnership Coordinator
  • Human Resource Coordinator

Secretariat

  • Executive Assistant
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Membership Assistant
  • Constitution Assistant

Treasury

  • No Volunteers are Needed at this Time

Public Relations Portfolio

  • Executive Assistant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinators (2)
  • Media Relations Coordinator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Sponsorship Budget Coordinator
  • Public Relations Research Coordinator
  • Website Developers (2)
  • Content Specialist

Education Portfolio

  • Executive Assistant
  • Research Coordinator
  • Campaign Assistant
  • Grievance Assistant

Equity Portfolio

  • Executive Assistant
  • Queer Officer
  • Disability Officer
  • Research Coordinator
  • Campaign Assistant
  • Grievance Assistant

Welfare Portfolio

  • Executive Assistant
  • Research Coordinator
  • Campaign Assistant
  • Grievance Assistant

VET, TAFE, ELICOS, and Foundations Portfolio

  • Executive Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • State Coordinators (3-6)
    • Mid- West (NT, SA, WA)
    • South (Tas, Vic)
    • East (ACT, NSW)

Undergraduate Portfolio

  • Executive Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • State Coordinators (3-6)
    • Mid- West (NT, SA, WA)
    • South (Tas, Vic)
    • East (ACT, NSW)

Postgraduate Portfolio

  • Executive Assistant
  • PhD Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • State Coordinators (3-6)
    • Mid- West (NT, SA, WA)
    • South (Tas, Vic)
    • East (ACT, NSW)
Office of the President

Office of the President

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National President

The CISA National President is responsible to run the Council of International Students Australia.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Initiating and maintaining liaisons with other national organisations, peak bodies, community leaders and the relevant government ministers;
  • Initiating and maintaining contact with Member Organisations on a regular basis;
  • Attending appropriate conferences, forums, workshops, roundtable discussions, meetings, as an advocate of the interests of international students, and preparing speeches, reports and papers as required
  • Acting as the chief spokesperson for CISA and an advocate of the interests of international students in the media, electronic media, press, etc.

Executive Assistant

  • Fulfil the role of high-level personal assistant for the National President, including the preparation of reports, policy documents and proposals for consideration as required;
  • Attending to diary & meeting management; email management as agreed;
  • Report writing and collation of information servicing of meetings chaired by the Executives.
  • Provide support to the National President, ensuring all documentation is presented in a manner supporting and enhancing the professional image of CISA;
  • In consultation with the Executive monitor and report the progress of key projects and performance indicators quarterly;
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Strategic Policy and Issues Coordinator

  • Provide proactive political, strategic and administrative support to the Council;
  • Assist, formulate, develop, monitor and review policies which relate to the functions of CISA Executive team and to advise the Council accordingly;
  • Specifically, to work with the Executive to review and evaluate the Council’s strategic and action plan for 2017/2018.

Media and Communication Advisor

  • Develop a positive and proactive relationship with all levels of the media to facilitate positive, fair and accurate coverage of the Council;
  • Provide strategic media advice and assistance to National President to ensure Council maximises communication opportunities and enhances its reputation.

Work alongside the National President and Public Relations Officer to:

  • Respond to all Council media enquiries, researching relevant information and providing a response in a timely fashion;
  • Research, write, distribute and follow up on the Council’s media releases;
  • Actively monitor the Council’s media coverage and prepare and distribute media updates;
  • Identify, develop and implement public relations campaigns that address key issues at a State and Federal level, and which have positive outcomes for the Council;
  • Prepare communications strategies to assist other portfolios to market their programs, activities and events to the community;
  • Provide internal advice on the Council’s website and social media channels.
Office of the Vice President

Office of the Vice President

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Vice President

The CISA National Vice President is responsible to run the internal day-to-day.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Support the President and act as the default acting President when the President is absent;
  • Assisting the other executives with their day-to-day tasks in their portfolio;
  • Run performance reviews for all the CISA executives.

Executive Assistant

  • Fulfil the role of high-level personal assistant for the National Vice President, including the preparation of reports, policy documents and proposals for consideration as required;
  • Attending to diary & meeting management; email management as agreed; report writing and collation of information servicing of meetings chaired by the Executives;
  • Provide support to the National Vice President, ensuring all documentation is presented in a manner supporting and enhancing the professional image of CISA;
  • In consultation with the Executive monitor and report the progress of key projects and performance indicators quarterly;
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Partnership Coordinator

  • Work alongside the National Vice President, National Treasurer and Public Relations Officer to:
  • Create, implement and manage existing and potential partnerships and programs;
  • Manage the budget;
  • Manage intelligence activities and participate in networking activities in order to identify potential partners;
  • Identify and look for sites and organisations likely to create a partnership;
  • Negotiate the contracts;
  • Monitor the development of the partnerships;
  • Analyse the results to ensure that agreements put in place are cost effective.

Human Resource Coordinator

Work alongside the National Vice President and Secretariat to:

  • Facilitating human resources processes;
  • Assisting with the creation of training manuals, HR manual, and CISA committee handbook;
  • Assisting with creation, distribution and collection of feedback from council-wide annual survey;
  • Assisting with providing research for policies, training, strategic planning, and other human resource issues;
  • Ensuring the effective utilisation of plans related to HR programs and services;
  • Answering committee requests and questions;
  • Assisting with new volunteer hiring processes;
  • Conducting and recommending corrective actions;
  • Assisting with the performance review and termination processes;
  • Writing and placing volunteering ads, as well as maintaining the applicant tracking database.
Secretariat

Secretariat

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA Secretariat

The CISA National Secretary is responsible to run any correspondence with respect to the governance of CISA.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Minute-taking during Executive Meetings;
  • Informing Executive Committee members of all Executive Committee Meetings; including preparing and distributing the agenda;
  • Editing the CISA Policy document to ensure consistency of language and numeration, and to provide cross-references of related policies;
  • Ensuring CISA’s email lists and website are maintained;
  • Being responsible for the administration of all general meetings of Council;
  • Update and maintain all member information as well as organising and maintaining files and records;
  • Maintain records and a description of the procedures in use for the benefit of their successor and of other interested parties;
  • Maintain the archival materials of the Council and the database relating to member organisations.

Executive Assistant

  • Preparing and editing correspondence, communications, presentations and other documents;
  • Designing and maintaining databases;
  • Filing and retrieving documents and reference materials;
  • Conducting research, collecting and analysing data to prepare reports and documents.

Human Resource Assistant

Work alongside the National Vice President and Secretariat to:

  • Assist Human Resource coordinator’s duties and responsibilities;
  • Assist in attracting high quality applicants of vacant roles;
  • Create and maintain the database of CISA employees (executives and volunteers);
  • Develop KPI and performance review method for volunteers.

Membership Assistant

  • Assist with maintaining regular contact with existing CISA members through weekly or fortnightly communiqués;
  • Maintaining the database for all existing members of CISA.

Constitution Assistant

  • Actively reviewing the current constitution and propose changes or amendments when necessary;
  • Ensure that the Council fulfils its legal duties;
  • Ensure that the Council is operating according to the constitution.
Treasury

Treasury

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Treasurer

The CISA National Treasurer is responsible to run the treasury of CISA.

Their responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with other executive members, ensuring that the budget is responsibly spent to fund  activities of the organisation for the  entire financial year;
  • Actively participating in the business of CISA;
  • Supporting the President and other executive committee members in the fulfilment of their respective individual roles;
  • Attending CISA meetings as scheduled;
  • Preparing budgets for submission to the CISA executive members;
  • Preparing financial reports and statements for submission to the CISA executive members and stakeholders;
  • Maintaining financial records including invoices, receipts and budgets for the submission to the executive members and the stakeholders;
  • Presenting the financial status of CISA to the executive members and stakeholders when requested;
  • Liaising with external auditors when
  • preparing financial reports at the end of the financial year.
Public Relations Portfolio

Public Relations Portfolio

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Public Relations Officer

The CISA National Public Relations Officer determines the image and reputation of CISA with its stakeholders, which consequently and heavily influences the organisation’s success.

Their responsibilities include:

  • To plan and develop events for CISA; and manage the promotion of events;
  • To liaise with the different State Reps;
  • To improve and facilitate communication within CISA; and
  • To work with the spokesperson on all events they attend on behalf of CISA;
  • To create, manage and update a media list; and
  • To create, manage and update a contact list with all key stakeholders;
  • To manage all communication leaving CISA;
  • To maintain and update CISA website and social media.

Executive Assistant

  • Create, deliver, edit, and optimise PR materials;
  • Ensure that messages are supportive of and consistent with marketing strategies;
  • Supervise social media outreach;
  • Deliver content via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, email, or direct mail;
  • Coordinate and deliver email campaigns & mass-mail materials.
  • Create brochures and sell sheets;
  • Provide support to public relations department;
  • Coordinate flow of information and communication and disseminate it according to plan/strategy;
  • Promote products and services through public relations initiatives.
  • Develop marketing communications campaigns;
  • Create and deliver press releases, media relations content, case studies, white papers, executive bios, corporate newsletter content, social media content, and speaking proposals;
  • Identify, develop and execute communications strategy for key media contacts;
  • Research media coverage and industry trends;
  • Conduct extensive media outreach;
  • Improve communication efficiencies within the Council.

Marketing Coordinator

  • Organises the preparation of proposals and presentations using marketing resource materials such  as brochures, data, slides,  photographs, and reports;
  • Develop marketing plans and executes the tactical initiatives;
  • Generate marketing insights that optimise marketing activities;
  • Work with State Operational team to organise and market events such as CISA Talk on Campus and State Roundtable;
  • Prepare status reports on marketing efforts with Social Media and Media Relations Coordinator.

Social Media Coordinators

  • Current media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram;
  • Bringing unique/ creative ideas to the table daily;
  • Create strategy, messaging, content, plans, schedules and manage posts;
  • Overseeing and executing defined social media strategies;
  • Creating/managing fully integrated social calendars and campaigns;
  • Ensuring social media campaigns are fully optimised, forward-thinking and possess consistent movement towards CISA’s vision and mission;
  • Work closely with PR Portfolio team (marketing, design, media and web developers) to assure social strategy efforts are translated across all goals;
  • Using social media publishing, tracking and analytic platforms such at HootSuite, Google Analytics, etc.

Media Relations Coordinator

  • Work alongside the National President and Public Relations Officer to:
  • Manage and moderate communications between the Council and various media outlets such as newspapers, radio broadcasts and television stations;
  • Inform the media when something new happens within the organisation;
  • Communicate with journalists when a negative or positive event happens;
  • Use press releases, media event and broadcasts to improve relationships with media sources and journalists to obtain optimum media coverage for the Council.

Graphic Designer

  • Prepares work to be accomplished by gathering information and materials;
  • Plans concept by studying information and materials;
  • Illustrates concept by designing rough layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type  size and style, and related aesthetic  concepts;
  • Obtains approval of concept by submitting rough layout for approval;
  • Prepares final layout by marking and pasting up finished copy and art;
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Sponsorship Coordinator

Work alongside the National Vice President, National Treasurer and Public Relations Officer to:

  • Execute annual development plan/strategy to increase sponsorships for the operation of the Council, including its annual national conference;
  • Identify and solicit individual, corporate and foundation sponsor prospects;
  • Maintain contact and relationships with sponsor prospects;
  • Renew current major sponsorships and encourage upgrading sponsorship levels when possible;
  • Assemble sponsorships materials, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations;
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of sponsorships received;
  • Maintain calendar and meet deadlines for event sponsorships;
  • Prioritise projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner;
  • Ensure that sponsors receive full benefits of sponsorship, such as logo placement in a promotion via CISA’s networks;
  • Report progress in sponsorship research, sponsorship inquiry and outcome to the CISA Executive.

Sponsorship Budget Coordinator

Work alongside the National Vice President, National Treasurer and Public Relations Officer to:

  • Development plan/strategy to increase sponsorships for the operation of the Council, including its annual national conference;
  • Identify and solicit individual, corporate and foundation sponsor prospects;
  • Maintain contact and relationships with sponsor prospects;
  • Renew current major sponsorships and encourage upgrading sponsorship levels when possible;
  • Assemble sponsorships materials, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations;
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of sponsorships received;
  • Maintain calendar and meet deadlines for event sponsorships;
  • Prioritise projects to keep multiple;
  • projects moving in a timely manner;
  • Ensure that sponsors receive full benefits of sponsorship, such as logo placement an promotion via CISA’s networks;
  • Report progress in sponsorship research, sponsorship inquiry and outcome to the CISA Executive.

Content Specialist

  • Identify the type of content the site and social media will host, including: writing, editing and proofreading site and social media content;
  • Be able to create interactive aspects of the website such as polls and surveys;
  • Developing the voice for all aspects of the organisation’s website presence;
  • Work closely with the technical team to maintain site standards with regard to new development;
  • Give guidance and advice on layout, colours and styles.

Web Developers

  • Be adaptable and able to pick up new techniques;
  • Create website designs;
  • Meeting with the executives and other teams to discuss requirements and or project progress to meet business requirements;
  • Keep up-to-date with recent technological and software developments including HTML, CSS and have some knowledge or willing to learn about JavaScript and Ajax, PHP, Mobile Support, etc.;
  • Be able to troubleshoot the website on multiple platforms and browsers;
  • Be able to accomplish search engine optimisation and edit the metadata on the website;
  • Have knowledge on editing WordPress sites by either using WordPress or an FTP;
  • Deliver feedback and regular update to CISA National Public Relations Officer.
Education Portfolio

Education Portfolio

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Education Officer

  • Researching and reviewing policies concerning international education to assist students who may need support in school tribunals and to suggest amendments to the  corresponding regulations when  they affect the rights of  international students;
  • Exchanging perspectives about the industry with colleagues across the country. Conference attendance to establish links with industry partners;
  • Conducting educational research to identify and evaluate developments in education;
  • Serving on committees to identify present and future needs within the education industry, and the preparation of reports and information papers
  • Communicating and loading with institutional authorities;
  • Raising awareness on the ESOS Act and the National Strategy for International Education 2015.

Executive Assistant

  • Liaise with PR Portfolio to market initiatives effectively;
  • Coordinate with Event and State Operational Team to deliver initiatives in an effective manner
  • Ad-hoc administrational duties requested by the Education Officer;
  • Assist in overlooking the performance of the Portfolio and provide additional help to the team when necessary.

Research Assistant

  • Perform fact-finding tasks, develop preliminary analysis, and shape findings and recommendations for the Education Portfolio;
  • Participate in developing and maintaining information sources and contacts for the portfolio and may attend meetings to collect information for related projects directed by the Education Officer;
  • Research topics independently and compile data and present information both orally and in writing
  • Contribute to the creation/writing of task report(s) or paper(s);
  • Required to interact with Governmental or industrial representatives.

Campaign Assistant

  • Coordinate the implementation of the campaign strategies, including by advising on and overseeing the development and design of campaign projects;
  • Advise researchers, campaigners and other colleagues, on the development of appropriate campaign materials, including timely actions to support agreed objectives, and editing documents where required;
  • Prepare campaigning guidelines and share within the movement good campaigning ideas, activities, and materials, and contributing to ensure that there is a unified message sent to the public.

Grievance Assistant

Work alongside the National Education Officer, National Welfare Office, and National Equity Officer to:

  • Build strong networks between CISA and other organisations on a local, state and national level that have the capacity to deliver legal services and assist international students;
  • Establish direct connections with both government and non-  governmental organisations in order to do referrals upon receiving complaints.
Equity Portfolio

Equity Portfolio

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Equity Officer

  • Drafting a Charter of Equity. It should involve positive language rather than prohibitions;
  • Ensuring CISA policies and actions are in accordance with the spirit of the Charter;
  • Recording cases of discrimination that are reported to CISA; and
  • Communicating with Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC),
  • research officers and other equity representatives with an interest in international students’ issues.

Executive Assistant

  • Liaise with PR Portfolio to market initiatives effectively;
  • Coordinate with Event and State Operational Team to deliver initiatives in an effective manner;
  • Ad-hoc administrational duties requested by the Equity Officer;
  • Assist in overlooking the performance of the Portfolio and provide additional help to the team when necessary.

Research Assistant

  • Perform fact-finding tasks, develop preliminary analysis, and shape findings and recommendations for the Equity Portfolio;
  • Participate in developing and maintaining information sources and contacts for the portfolio and may attend meetings to collect information for related projects directed by the Equity Officer;
  • Research topics independently and compile data and present information both orally and in writing;
  • Required to interact with Governmental or industrial representatives.

Queer Officer

  • Must identify with being part of the queer community;
  • Assist the National Equity Officer on issues relating to the international queer student community in Australia;
  • Research topics relating to queer international students and compile data and present information both orally and in writing working with the research assistant;
  • Work with the campaign assistant to build campaigns for the queer community.

Disability Officer

  • Must identify with having a disability;
  • Assist the National Equity Officer on issues relating to the international disability student community in Australia;
  • Research topics relating to disabled international students and compile data and present information both orally and in writing working with the research assistant;
  • Work with the campaign assistant to build campaigns for the disability community.

Campaign Assistant

  • Coordinate the implementation of the campaign strategies, including by advising on and overseeing the development and design of campaign projects;
  • Advise researchers, campaigners and other colleagues, on the development of appropriate campaign materials, including timely actions to support agreed objectives, and editing documents where required;
  • Prepare campaigning guidelines and share within the movement good campaigning ideas, activities, and materials, and contributing to ensure that there is a unified message sent to the public.

Grievance Assistant

Work alongside the National Education Officer, National Welfare Office, and National Equity Officer to:

  • Build strong networks between CISA and other organisations on a local, state and national level that have the capacity to deliver legal services and assist international students;
  • Establish direct connections with both government and non-  governmental organisations in order to do referrals upon receiving complaints.

Welfare Portfolio

Welfare Portfolio

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Education Officer

  • Assisting international students and their families facing social, emotional and education related difficulties to improve the quality of life of international students by supporting them and working towards change in their social environment;
  • Promoting a means of self-sufficiency and responsibility amongst international students through individual and collective assistance by fostering the creation of international student’s committees from a bottom-up perspective;
  • Communicating with Fairwork Ombudsman caseworkers and other welfare representatives with an interest in international students’ issues.

Executive Assistant

  • Liaise with PR Portfolio to market initiatives effectively;
  • Coordinate with Event and State Operational Team to deliver initiatives in an effective manner;
  • Ad-hoc administrational duties requested by the Welfare Officer;
  • Assist in overlooking the performance of the Portfolio and provide additional help to the team when necessary.

Research Assistant

  • Perform fact-finding tasks, develop preliminary analysis, and shape findings and recommendations for the Equity Portfolio;
  • Participate in developing and maintaining information sources and contacts for the portfolio and may attend meetings to collect information for related projects directed by the Equity Officer;
  • Research topics independently and compile data and present information both orally and in writing;
  • Required to interact with Governmental or industrial representatives.

Campaign Assistant

  • Coordinate the implementation of the campaign strategies, including by advising on and overseeing the development and design of campaign projects;
  • Advise researchers, campaigners and other colleagues, on the development of appropriate campaign materials, including timely actions to support agreed objectives, and editing documents where required;
  • Prepare campaigning guidelines and share within the movement good campaigning ideas, activities, and materials, and contributing to ensure that there is a unified message sent to the public.

Grievance Assistant

Work alongside the National Education Officer, National Welfare Office, and National Equity Officer to:

  • Build strong networks between CISA and other organisations on a local, state and national level that have the capacity to deliver legal services and assist international students;
  • Establish direct connections with both government and non-  governmental organisations in order to do referrals upon receiving complaints.
VET, TAFE, ELICOSE, and Foundations Portfolio

VET, TAFE, ELICOS, and Foundations Portfolio

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National VET/TAFE Officer

  • Acting as contact point for CISA at all events and functions;
  • Acting as a resource person contributing to subcommittees that are created for a specific event or purpose.
  • Supporting the President and other executive members in the fulfilment of their individual roles on the committee.
  • Acting as a contact point for CISA and liaising with other organisations as and when required by the executive committee, as well as addressing issues concerning international students within the specific sector
  • Gathering and reporting feedback to the CISA executive committee from CISA members and students of the VET/TAFE, ELICOS and Foundation education

Executive Assistant

  • Ad-hoc administrative duties requested by the National VET/TAFE Officer
  • Ensuring VET/TAFE office volunteers’ email lists are maintained
  • Updating and maintaining all VET/TAFE Portfolio volunteers’ information
  • Maintaining and organizing files and records of all the important information from all VET/TAFE Portfolio volunteers
  • Liaising with all state coordinators
  • Reporting back to the National VET/TAFE Officer and preparing executive summaries
  • Assisting in overlooking the performance of the Portfolio and providing additional help to the office when necessary

Research Assistant

  • Expected to be familiar with standard information collection, compilation, summary and analysis methods;
  • Role requires strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills;
  • Primarily responsible for developing and conducting national surveys;
  • Assisting in fact-finding tasks;
  • Independently conducting research on topics relevant to international VET, TAFE, ELICOS, and Foundations students;
  • Developing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research surveys;
  • Cooperating with other volunteers and external stakeholders/institutions (e.g. education providers or government);

State Coordinator(s) Mid-West (NT, SA, WA)

  • Must be a currently enrolled VET, TAFE, ELICOS or Foundations student in the Northern Territory (NT), South Australia (SA) or Western Australia (WA);
  • The bridge between the international VET, TAFE, ELICOS, and Foundations community in NT, SA, and WA and the National VET/TAFE Officer;
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the VET/TAFE student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National VET/TAFE Officer, if needed;
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Will work with other VET/TAFE volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National VET/TAFE Officer and preparing executive summaries.

State Coordinator(s) South (TAS, VIC)

  • Must be a currently enrolled VET, TAFE, ELICOS or Foundations student in Tasmania (TAS) or Victoria (VIC);
  • The bridge between the international VET, TAFE, ELICOS or Foundations community in TAS, VIC and the National VET/TAFE Officer;
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the VET/TAFE student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National VET/TAFE Officer, if needed;
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Will work with other VET/TAFE volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National VET/TAFE Officer and preparing executive summaries.

State Coordinator(s) East (ACT, NSW)

  • Must be a currently enrolled VET, TAFE, ELICOS or Foundations   student inAustralian Capital Territory (ACT) or New South Wales (NSW);
  • The bridge between the international VET, TAFE, ELICOS or Foundations community in ACT, NSW and the National VET/TAFE Officer;
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the VET/TAFE student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National VET/TAFE Officer, if needed;
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Will work with other VET, TAFE, ELICOS or Foundations volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National VET/TAFE Officer and preparing executive summaries.
Undergraduate Portfolio

Undergraduate Portfolio

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Undergraduate Officer

  • Acting as contact point for CISA at all events and functions;
  • Acting as a resource person contributing to subcommittees that are created for a specific event or purpose;
  • Supporting the President and other executive members in the fulfilment of their individual roles on the committee;
  • Acting as a contact point for CISA and liaising with other organisations as and when required by the executive committee, as well as addressing issues concerning international students within the specific sector;
  • Gathering and reporting feedback to the CISA executive committee from CISA members and students of the undergraduate education.

Executive Assistant

  • Ad-hoc administrative duties requested by the National Undergraduate Officer;
  • Ensuring undergraduate office volunteers’ email lists are maintained;
  • Updating and maintaining all undergraduate office volunteers’ information;
  • Maintaining and organizing files and records of all of the important information from all Undergraduate Portfolio volunteers;
  • Liaising with all state coordinators;
  • Reporting back to the National Undergraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries;
  • Assisting in overlooking the performance of the Portfolio and providing additional help to the office when necessary.

Research Assistant

  • Expected to be familiar with standard information collection, compilation, summary and analysis methods;
  • Role requires strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills;
  • Primarily responsible for developing and conducting national surveys;
  • Assisting in fact-finding tasks;
  • Independently conducting research on topics relevant to international undergraduate students;
  • Developing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research surveys;
  • Cooperating with other volunteers and external stakeholders/institutions (e.g. education providers or government).

State Coordinator(s) Mid-West (NT, SA, WA)

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in the Northern Territory (NT), South Australia (SA) or Western Australia (WA);
  • The bridge between the international undergraduate community in NT, SA, and WA and the National Undergraduate Officer;
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the undergraduate student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National Undergraduate Officer, if needed;
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Will work with other undergraduate volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National Undergraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries.

State Coordinator(s) South (TAS, VIC)

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in Tasmania (TAS) or Victoria (VIC);
  • The bridge between the international undergraduate community in TAS, VIC and the National Postgraduate Officer;
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the undergraduate student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National Undergraduate Officer, if needed;
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Will work with other undergraduate volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National Undergraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries.

State Coordinator(s) East (ACT, NSW)

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) or New South Wales (NSW);
  • The bridge between the international undergraduate community in ACT, NSW and the National Undergraduate Officer;
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the undergraduate student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National Undergraduate Officer, if needed;
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Will work with other undergraduate volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National Undergraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries.
Postgraduate Portfolio

Postgraduate Portfolio

Overall Duties and Responsibilities of the CISA National Postgraduate Officer

  • Acting as contact point for CISA at all events and functions;
  • Acting as a resource person contributing to subcommittees that are created for a specific event or purpose;
  • Supporting the President and other executive members in the fulfilment of their individual roles on the committee;
  • Acting as a contact point for CISA and liaising with other organisations as and when required by the executive committee, as well as addressing issues concerning international students within the specific sector;
  • Gathering and reporting feedback to the CISA executive committee from CISA members and students of the postgraduate education.

Executive Assistant

  • Ad-hoc administrative duties requested by the National Postgraduate officer;
  • Ensuring postgraduate office volunteers’ email lists are maintained;
  • Updating and maintaining all Postgraduate Portfolio volunteers’ information;
  • Maintaining and organizing files and records of all of the important information from all Postgraduate Portfolio volunteers;
  • Liaising with all state coordinators;
  • Reporting back to the National Postgraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries’
  • Assisting in overlooking the performance of the Portfolio and providing additional help to the office when necessary.

PhD Assistant

  • Must be currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate at an Australian Institution;
  • Responsible for identifying the needs and interests of international PhD candidates in Australia;
  • Researching and building deep knowledge on issues concerning the international PhD community in Australia;
  • Monitoring and working through government policy changes concerning PhD candidates;
  • Researching out to PhD student groups and PhD-focused education providers and intuitions;
  • Cooperating with the Research Assistant to develop appropriate surveys;
  • Reporting back to the National Postgraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries.

Research Assistant

  • Expected to be familiar with standard information collection, compilation, summary and analysis methods;
  • Role requires strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills;
  • Primarily responsible for developing and conducting national surveys;
  • Assisting in fact-finding tasks;
  • Independently conducting research on topics relevant to international postgraduate students;
  • Developing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research surveys;
  • Cooperating with other volunteers and external stakeholders/institutions (e.g. education providers or government);
  • Shaping findings and presenting them to the executives.

State Coordinator(s) Mid-West (NT, SA, WA)

  • Must be a currently enrolled postgraduate student in the Northern Territory (NT), South Australia (SA) or Western Australia (WA);
  • The bridge between the international postgraduate community in NT, SA, and WA and the National Postgraduate Officer;
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the postgraduate student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National Postgraduate Officer, if needed;
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Responsible for determining specific state issues affecting international postgraduate students, addressing them to the National Postgraduate Officer and giving appropriate recommendations;
  • Will work with other postgraduate volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National Postgraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries.

State Coordinator(s) South (TAS, VIC)

  • Must be a currently enrolled postgraduate student in Tasmania (TAS) or Victoria (VIC); .
  • The bridge between the international postgraduate community in TAS, VIC and the National Postgraduate Officer.
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the postgraduate student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National Postgraduate Officer, if needed.
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Responsible for determining specific state issues affecting international postgraduate students, addressing them to the National Postgraduate Officer and giving appropriate recommendations;
  • Will work with other postgraduate volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National Postgraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries.

State Coordinator(s) East (ACT, NSW)

  • Must be a currently enrolled postgraduate student in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) or New South Wales (NSW);
  • The bridge between the international postgraduate community in ACT, NSW and the National Postgraduate Officer.
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining contact to the postgraduate student associations in the respective states as well as for representing the National Postgraduate Officer, if needed.
  • Responsible for broadening awareness in its states of the role and objectives of the CISA;
  • Responsible for communication between current and future state members and supporting the coordination of state-based activities, events, and programs;
  • Responsible for determining specific state issues affecting international postgraduate students, addressing them to the National Postgraduate Officer and giving appropriate recommendations;
  • Will work with other postgraduate volunteers;
  • Reporting back to the National Postgraduate Officer and preparing executive summaries.
Contact Information

Contact Information

National President: pres@cisa.edu.au

National Vice President: vicepresident@cisa.edu.au 

Secretariat: secretary@cisa.edu.au

Treasury: treasurer@cisa.edu.au

National Public Relations Office: publicrelations@cisa.edu.au

National Education Officer: education@cisa.edu.au

National Equity Officer: equity@cisa.edu.au

National Welfare Officer: welfare@cisa.edu.au 

National VET, TAFE, ELICO, and Foundations Officer: vet-tafe@cisa.edu.au

National Undergraduate Officer: undergraduate@cisa.edu.au

National Postgraduate Officer: postgraduate@cisa.edu.au

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