WHO ARE WE?
CISA is the peak national student representative organisation for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level. We are not aligned with any particular political party which allows us the freedom to openly and freely advance our position on issues for the betterment all international students.
HOW MANY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE THERE IN AUSTRALIA?
The number changes monthly due to different program start/end times, but on average there are approximately 500,000 international students studying in Australia at the same time.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We represent and advocate for the interests and needs of all international students on a broad number of topics, such as:
- Employment/Work Rights
- Quality education
- Access to education
- Travel concessions
TO WHOM DO WE ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
International students touch and are touched by all facets of life in Australia. As such, CISA strives to communicate its policy positions to a broad cross-section of the Australian society. At a national level, CISA lobbies the federal government, peak education sector bodies, and interacts with international education organisations in other countries. On a state level, the CISA Divisions lobby the education providers, state and local government, and interacts with campus-level student organisations.
WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF CISA?
As a peak representative organisation, CISA is an association of associations. Our membership is comprised solely of other associations such as student associations, ethnic societies and academic societies. A current list of CISA's affiliate members can be found here.