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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 01/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young -I wanted to ask some questions about the student visa restrictions on the time that you are covered once you graduate or once the semester is finished, because my understanding is that that causes some problems for students, particularly if your visa says that you need to leave pretty much at the end of semester, which we know is not a 12-month time frame.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 01/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young -I wanted to ask some questions about the student visa restrictions on the time that you are covered once you graduate or once the semester is finished, because my understanding is that that causes some problems for students, particularly if your visa says that you need to leave pretty much at the end of semester, which we know is not a 12-month time frame.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 01/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young —Can we explore a little bit the situation for international students who come here for schooling? No-one else has really spoken about that at all. It has been very focused on the university sector and the private colleges, and yet, being a senator from South Australia, I know we have a number of secondary colleges and high schools that have specific programs for international students.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 01/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young -I first go to the issue of the interaction between education agents, the providers and migration agents. A number of the different case studies that I have looked at indicate that that is where right from the word go there is a bit of a blur in expectations for students when they arrive in Australia, the expectations and restrictions on their visas and the roles and responsibilities and where they lie.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 01/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young -I want to tease out some of the issues in relation to the lack of compliance and monitoring and, as you have put it, regulation. Even if we set some quality benchmarks that providers have to fulfil-perhaps to provide advice and support, such as your suggestion for a minimum two weeks accommodation for newly arrived students-how should that be monitored? How should providers be compelled to meet those standards?

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 01/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young -I have a few questions. I want to ask about the restrictions on student visas for people who perhaps need to change a course for some reason. You have spoken about the need for flexibility in terms of work right criteria and perhaps an average of required hours. Perhaps that would be a better way, rather than setting a 20- or 24-hour limit.

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