1.3.4. Schools walking the talk: understanding changing compliance requirements and working within multiple regulatory environments

Date:  Wednesday 7 October
Time: 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Location: R5

Session Type: Panel

Chair: Ms Elizabeth Webber, R/Director - International Programs – Schools, Australian Government Schools International (AGSI) / NSW Department of Education (Australia)

Schools walking the talk: understanding changing compliance requirements and working within multiple regulatory environments (1176)

Legislation and regulations governing international students, particularly those under 18 years of age, pose particular challenges for schools and sectors such as foundation course and ELICOS providers. Regulatory responsibilities, jurisdictions and practices vary around Australia. This complexity often leads to uncertainty on the part of providers. It also requires extra effort for providers and for regulatory authorities when working together to ensure that compliance needs are understood and achieved. This session will bring together regulators, providers and other key stakeholders in a dialogue focused on a series of case studies that illustrate the challenges faced by all. Discussion topics will include feedback from regulators on proposed changes to the National Code of Practice, and especially to Standard 5 (governing students under 18 years of age); differences involving government and non-government schools; achieving consistency across different state and territory jurisdictions; examples of good practice in implementing the code at institutional and state level; and crafting written agreements for younger students.


Key interest area (KIA): P&RE
Sector(s): SCH

Speakers:
Ms Elizabeth Webber, R/Director - International Programs – Schools, Australian Government Schools International (AGSI) / NSW Department of Education, Australia
Ms Caroline Miller, Policy and Research Analyst, ISCA, Australia
Ms Doris Gibb, Senior Assistant Ombudsman, Overseas Students Ombudsman, Australia
Ms Vanessa Fensom, Manager, International Schools (Quality), Department of Education and Training QLD, Australia
Ms Alice Maclean, A/g Director, Student and Graduate Visas, Temporary Visa Programme, Visa and Citizenship Management, Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia
Ms Karen Sandercok, Branch Manager (A/G), Policy and Systems Branch, International Group, Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Australia