Workshop B:

Risky business: mitigating risk in learning abroad

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 9am–12 noon
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Registration fee: $295/$345


Participation in learning abroad has increased in leaps and bounds. In 2015, almost 40,000 Australian students – 13.7% of the overall graduating cohort – undertook some kind of international study experience (AUIDF 2015). The uptake has been even stronger for domestic undergraduates, with one in five students choosing to study abroad.

This unprecedented demand has given rise to an increased focus on student safety. Unfortunately, bad things can and do happen. How can we best prepare students before they leave? Are we equipped to respond in an emergency situation? How can institutions, third-party providers and health insurers work together to mitigate the risks associated with travelling overseas? Travel insurance policies, pre-departure briefings and critical incident plans all require constant review and improved practice. Although some institutions have implemented innovative policies and procedures, others struggle with outdated (and even paper-based) processes.

This workshop will feature presentations and case studies from education providers demonstrating best practice in risk management strategy, policy and procedures in learning abroad. It will include interactive group discussion and will workshop solutions that participants can take away and implement at their own institutions.


Kelly Williams, Senior Manager International Scholarships and Program New Colombo Plan Scholarships, Scope Global, Australia

Rob Malicki, Director, The Global Society, Australia

Dr Laura Sessions, Senior Consultant, Lodestone Safety International, Australia

Leanne Harrison, Student Recruitment Manager, The University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia (CHAIR)

Learning outcomes:

  • Enhance your understanding of the risks associated with learning abroad.
  • Identify best practice policy and procedures for risk and travel management (e.g. pre-departure briefings, travel insurance, critical incidents).
  • Learn how to work with third-party providers and health insurers to enhance student safety.
  • Receive the tools to improve risk and travel management at your institution.

Target audience:

  • Exchange and study abroad advisers
  • International mobility managers and directors
  • International exchange partner representatives
  • Third-party mobility providers
  • Overseas health insurance representatives

Key interest area:

Mobility (MOB)


This workshop is suitable for professionals in all sectors:

  • English language (ELT/ELICOS)
  • Higher education/university (HE)
  • Schools (SCH)
  • Vocational education & training (VET)