Fourteen projects funded by the ISW Program in 2015 and 2016 supported up to 40,000 international students while they have been studying in Victoria.
AFIS Information Day 2016
Australian Federation of International Students
The AFIS Information Day caters to newly arrived international students by providing pertinent information relevant to their recent arrival. The day features a series of seminar-style presentations and interactive workshops run by experts on topics like employability, immigration, career development, health and accommodation; and stalls are set up to allow one-on-one interactions with government agencies, and industry representatives. Additionally, the event provides the opportunity for international students to socialise and network with one another, which is inherent in offering them support in settling into their new lives in Victoria.
Developing resilience among international post-secondary students in Victoria
Centre for Holistic Health
This is a three level prevention project targeting the mental health of international students of Chinese speaking backgrounds in Melbourne. This project delivered four Information sessions to support between 80 and 120 students, mental health first aid workshops to support 30 to 40 students, and cognitive behavioural intensive workshops for 16-20 students.
Latinos in Melbourne
Community Hubs Australia
Community Hubs Australia "Refuge of Hope- Welcoming Latin American Students to Victoria" was a 12 month project which assisted up to 200 international students of Latin-American background in the Melbourne metropolitan area. The project addressed the crisis support and welfare needs of the group, increased their social connectedness and enhance the students' employability skills.
CISA National Conference 2016
Council of International Students Australia
The CISA National Conference provides a national forum for international students leaders and stakeholders with an interest in advancing international students' interests, and supports the development of student leaders and the International education sector. Attendees discussed their solutions to international student issues and how they have overcome any obstacles.
Collaboration between NAGCAS and ISANA through joint conferences enabled the cross-fertilisation of ideas in promoting the issues surrounding; 1) international students' career and employment development, 2) best practice in internationalising career and employment, and 3) engaging with employers and industry peak bodies in the employment of international students in Australia.
LEAD Employment Advocates
Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union
United Voice, delivering the project on behalf of the LHMU, and working in collaboration with CISA, identified and trained 40 student leaders to become workplace champions. The student leaders will provide information to other students on workplace rights and services to assist with employment issues.
Community, Cultural and Wellbeing Support for International Students in Bendigo
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
The LCMS "Community, Cultural and Wellbeing Support" Project is a locality-based project targeting over 200 international students in the Bendigo area, attending La Trobe University Bendigo and Bendigo Kangan TAFE. The Project focused on enhancing the student experience through a range of activities designed to reduce social isolation, increase social connectedness and cross cultural understanding and improve the employment opportunities for international students.
Act of Translation
Melbourne City Council
City of Melbourne is working with up to 50 international students to improve their English language skills and confidence through performance, including theatre workshops. These creative interactions are designed to stimulate and explore the meeting of international and local students from diverse cultural backgrounds. The result will be the presentation of a series of theatrical scenarios and public performance interventions in community and public spaces.
International Student Welcome Desk
Melbourne City Council
The student welcome desk provides a personalised all year round service at Melbourne Airport, located at the Travellers Information Service in the international arrivals terminal. The services provided include assisting students with arranging transport, temporary accommodation, phone calls and providing any other information they may require upon arrival. In addition to greeting and assistance, the students are provided a student welcome pack containing information to assist students to settle into Melbourne.
International Student Welcome Desk Expansion Project
Melbourne City Council
Additional funding provided for this project has enabled the continuation and expansion of the successful "International Student Welcome Desk ", a project managed and delivered by the City of Melbourne.
Melbourne Football Club
The Melbourne Football Club's "Engaging Melbourne" addressed the needs of international students for increased social connectedness and community inclusion through delivery of a planned, competitive, team-based program of activities involving both international and domestic students. Activities included a treasure hunt around Melbourne, a football clinic, match day attendance, intercultural training and a leadership forum.
Melbourne International Student Conference
Meld Community Inc
MELD was funded to cover the cost to attend the 2-day Melbourne International Student Conference for 20 international students from TAFE and private institutions. The Conference's focused topic was the Future of Work.
Sex, Study and Safety
North Richmond Community Health Centre
This project targeted international students attending Deakin University and two private colleges, and involved the development of resources and delivery of peer -led sexual health and relationships workshops to over 600 students. Student volunteers received training and support to contribute to a range of activities across the project, including as members of the Project Advisory Group, assisting with the development of project resources and in delivering peer led workshops.
Think Geelong Student Engagement and Participation Project
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
This project improved the experience of international students in Geelong and surrounding area through delivery of a range on new initiatives, including: a personal development and engagement strategy, including 5 x 10 week paid internships; a student ambassador and mentoring program; an awards program to showcase the contribution of international students to the local area; and an annual International Students Dinner.