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Monday, June 4 2018

ACPET hosts international student welcome this Friday

Growing the international student market is one of the NT Governments top priorities – and making sure our foreign visitors have a rewarding experience during their stay is also a priority. With the support of Study NT, ACPET is pleased to host a welcoming reception of students in the new Darwin Student Hub in the Darwin Mall from 3pm on Friday.

Students will be briefed on the delights of living in the NT with tips on staying safe (and avoiding crocs) while mixing with friends, being entertained and enjoying some local tucker.

Providers and students are welcome at no charge – although for catering purposes an indication of numbers would be appreciated to

Consultation on changes to the federal Skilled Migration Occupation Lists open till 20 June

The Department of Jobs and Small Business has published a Traffic Light Bulletin on proposed changes to occupations listed on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List, the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List and the Regional Occupation List. These lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested and state-nominated visa programs.

If an occupation does not appear on the Traffic Light Bulletin then no change is proposed to the status of that occupation. Stakeholders are encouraged to make a submission in relation to any occupation they are interested in, even if no change is flagged at this time.

To provide a submission by 20 June 2018, please visit the Department’s website.
Click here on the Submission Guidelines to assist you in preparing a submission.

If you have any questions, please contact

Latin America survey extended to 11 June – Don’t forget to complete it

The Council for International Education Working Group on engagement with Latin America seeks to develop a more strategic and coordinated approach to building education, research and training cooperation with Latin America since there’s an opportunity to expand Australia's education and training offerings there and position Australia as a partner of choice.

The Latin America survey will provide valuable information on current sectoral engagement with the region and inform recommendations to the Council for International Education about how education providers, industry and government can work more effectively together to improve the sector's access to the region.

Make sure you express your views about any barriers to engagement and collaboration in Latin America via the survey, which is now available until 11 June 2018 here.

SCAM Targeting Chinese students worsens – please warn your students

The Department of Home Affairs has issued warnings to Chinese students who are being targeted by scammers posing as Chinese authorities and/or employees of DHL.

Scare tactics are used over the phone, threatening victims with deportation and demanding payments in an attempt to convince the recipients their identity has become involved with criminal activity. Now more elaborate acts of deception are being used, including image-based abuse, plea-bargaining with fake judiciary and extortion.

Students are warned not to engage or send money but to hang up the phone immediately and report it to Scamwatch.
Contact IDCARE by email or Ph 1300 432 273 if you have any concerns.

Biometric Identifiers required from 31 May

From 31 May 2018, student visa applicants who apply in countries included in the offshore biometric program will be required to provide biometric identifiers. A detailed list of the locations that require collection of fingerprints and facial images is available on the Home Affairs website here.


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