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International Updates

Monday, October 2 2017

Dear Colleague,

National Code

By now members would be aware that the new National Code was announced on 15 September 2017. The published National Code 2018 is now available on the Federal Register of Legislation. As stated in the Department’s webpage, the new Code has a few changes.
Key areas for reform include:

  • Protecting students by requiring more detail on a student's course and refund arrangements in the written agreement between students and providers;
  • Strengthening arrangements for the care and welfare of students under the age of 18;
  • Provides greater guidance for providers on the circumstances in which student transfer requests should be granted; and
  • Supporting overseas students to fulfil visa requirements by strengthening the provisions to monitoring overseas students' course attendance and progress.

The department publicly consulted on the National Code 2018 with governments, sector peak bodies, regulators and education providers in early 2017, and feedback has informed the revised National Code. ACPET, as members are aware was consulted by the Department and members have contributed to the Department’s consideration when drafting the new Code.

Fair Work Ombudsman

On 25 September, 2017 the Fair Work Ombudsman released its International Student Engagement Strategy. ISANA is pleased to have been consulted by the FWO in the development of their strategy and the agency will be in touch shortly to provide us with information about a communications package for international students which is designed to be delivered in instalments over the next few months. In the meantime, we urge all members to share the open letter to international students from the CEO, Natalie James to students and colleagues, urging students to be aware of their workplace rights and to seek free help from the FWO if they experience issues while working in Australia.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

ACPET with the support of members has provided a submission in response to the Department’s Consultation paper on Visa Simplification. Council thanks members for their feedback on this important consultation. While the student visa sub-class was recently streamlined, it is also important to note that the Consultation paper did not exclude any visa sub-class.


Kind regards,

Demmi Paris
ACPET Executive Officer VIC/TAS


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