Supporting International Students

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The Government of New South Wales believes that International students are an integral part of the cultural, social and economic fabric of the state of New South Wales and of Sydney.

NSW and Sydney is a multicultural community, offering a welcoming environment for students with a relaxed and friendly lifestyle to match.

In 2008, the NSW Government set up the NSW Ministerial Taskforce on International Education to ensure that international students feel their study experience is both safe and of high quality. The Ministerial Taskforce brought together representatives from across the international education sector, consulting widely to develop new measures to improve students’ experiences of studying, working and living in NSW.

In response, the Premier’s Council on International Education is being established to implement the NSW Government initiatives to support international students, the first of its kind in Australia.

The NSW Government provides information for international students. If you would like to read more, go to

www.nsw.gov.au/information-international-students

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The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) is the national peak student representative body for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level. CISA was inaugurated on Wednesday July 7, 2010 at the University of Tasmania, Hobart through the joint efforts of the National Union of Students (NUS), Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS).

For more information about CAPA, got to their website via the following link: CAPA

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NSW International Student Award

The Award showcases the initiatives and achievements of international students in NSW.

Education providers are invited to nominate a current international student who:

  • is an inspirational role model to their community;
  • has demonstrated an achievement or contribution that adds value to the community through touching the lives of others, and/or participating in the community, and /or volunteer work.

The Awards are offered in four categories:

  • Schools;
  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS);
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET);
  • Higher Education.

For more information, use this link: International student awards

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