December 2016 Agent Training e-News

​Congratulations to this year’s ‘Awards for Excellence in Schools’ winners

Congratulations to all the school and individual finalists and winners of the ‘2016 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools’ presented on 28 October. The Showcase Awards are the Queensland Government’s most prestigious educational awards and recognise the commitment and excellence of school principals, teachers and staff across Queensland.

Award sponsor EQI was delighted to present Cleveland District State High School with the inaugural ‘Education Queensland International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement’ in recognition of the school’s successful approach to embedding global perspectives into school culture. 

 

EQI launches student application eForm

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new online application service designed to make it easier to submit and track your student applications securely online. This service is one of the great new features of the EQI website. Watch Video.

 

Don’t forget to update your EQI website links and favourite pages

The EQI website has changed, so if you have any links to EQI on your website or other materials please update these with the new URLs, add new bookmarks and update your ‘favourites’ settings.


 

Changes to key International Student Programs (ISP) documents

Education Queensland International (EQI) has recently reviewed the ISP and re-drafted many key documents. The changes reflect the introduction of the simplified student visa framework, comply with the ESOS legislative framework and ensure our policies and procedures are clear and transparent.

The key changes include:

  1. Application and enrolment:
    The process for EQI student applications and enrolment is outlined on the EQI apply now page.
  2. A new application form:
    We have combined the three forms into one, with a separate appendix for:

A. the International Student Program:

    • Primary school
    • High School Preparation (HSP)
    • High school program
    • High School (Study Abroad) program
    • International Baccalaureate.

B. Regional Study Abroad

C. Queensland Academies.

3. A new Enrolment Agreement

The contract between EQI and the student and parents has been completely re-drafted. It is now called the ‘Enrolment Agreement’ which includes:

  • the Standard Terms and Conditions
  • an initial invoice
  • a statement of fees.

The ‘Standard Terms and Conditions’ outlines the key rights and responsibilities of a student and their parents. These are our ‘policies’.

Students/parents can now elect to pay:

  • the total amount indicated on the initial invoice, or
  • all fees, for the duration of their program, (outlined on the statement of fees).

4. New Procedures

Our published procedures outline the roles and responsibilities of staff in Queensland Government schools, EQI and the Department of Education and Training. These expand upon the policies in the Enrolment Agreement (EA), and the responsibilities of each party.
 
You will note that there is no longer a ‘Code of Conduct’ as the student’s rights and responsibilities are published in the EA which refers to the school ‘responsible behaviour plan.’ All Queensland Government schools use this plan to document their expectations about student behaviour and the range of consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

This plan will be available on each school's website and given to each EQI student in their orientation program.


 

New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems from 2019

The Queensland Government is introducing a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system commencing in 2019 for Year 11 students (current Year 8 students). The new system includes a move from the current Overall Position (OP) tertiary entrance rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), consistent with other Australian states and territories.

The ATAR is a finer grained rank order of students than the OP and is calculated by comparing student results using a process known as ‘inter-subject scaling.’ The current Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test will be discontinued, allowing more time for subject-based teaching and learning. A broader range of learning will be able to contribute to the ATAR than the OP.

The ATAR will be more useful in selecting students in very high demand higher education courses in which most applicants hold the highest possible OP rank (an OP1).

Students who complete school under the current system can be assured that their subject results and OP ranks are fair and reliable. The existing systems will, in no way, be compromised by the changes occurring from 2019.

The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) will remain as Queensland’s senior school qualification. All eligible Year 12 graduates will be awarded a QCE now and in the future.

For more information please download the New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems in Queensland: A guide for parents (PDF, 127KB) or visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment website.

 

Queensland Academies for Creative Industries: Agent Open Day

Thank you to all the agents who took part in the Open Day at the Queensland Academies for Creative Industries (QACI) in September.

QACI Principal, Gavin Bryce, and Deputy Principal, Debbie Williamson, hosted agents representing Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. The visit began with an information session and was followed by a guided tour of QACI’s state-of-the-art facilities at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Kelvin Grove campus.

 

Recognition of Queensland school reports for Brazilian students

The requirement to have Queensland school reports legalised through the Consulate-General of Brazil in Sydney ended on 14 August 2016.

The Embassy of the Federative Republic Brazil in Canberra informed the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (“Apostille Convention”) took effect in Brazil as of 14 August 2016. This has affected a change for Brazilian international students studying in Queensland Government schools.

As a general rule, countries that are a party to the Apostille Convention require an Apostille (PDF, 2.4MB), (authentication certificate) for school reports. Apostille is provided through DFAT. The Document legalization request form (2.4MB) provides full information as does Smart Traveller - legalising documents services.

 

Application lodgement/processing times

As of 1 July 2016, all students, parents/legal custodians and education agents are required to lodge student visa applications (new and extensions) online by creating an account in ImmiAccount.

There are two types of ImmiAccount:

  • Individual: for individual applicants, a family member or friend to apply for a visa or citizenship
  • Organisation: for organisations and agents applying for a visa or citizenship, or for checking visa entitlements on behalf of others.

Education agents can set up an organisation account or join an existing organisation account and request access to additional services. Access must be approved by an Organisation Account Administrator within the nominated organisation. For further information visit the ImmiAccount page on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

For student visa extension applications, agents/families will be required to assist students with this process as Education Queensland International schools will not have access to ImmiAccounts.  The student and their family are responsible for submitting the application online.  Education agents have been advised that they may be required to assist, however as students will be required to create their own individual ImmiAccount (for visa extensions), education agents are not expected to be solely be responsible for this process.

 

Multiple awards for Helensvale International Student of the Year

Helensvale State High School’s 2016 DUX Amy Nguyen was the recipient of no less than seven awards at the school’s presentation night at the end of October. The Year 12 student from Vietnam finished top in four of her classes, including one in English, and received a $5,000 Education Queensland International (EQI) scholarship towards her studies.

In addition, Amy has been awarded a part-scholarship to study a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

Helensvale State High School’s International Student Program Manager, Narelle Gibson, said everyone at the school is delighted by Amy’s success.

“It is very exciting, we are so very proud of Amy and her achievements, she is an amazing young lady. We will be very sad to see her leave but we are so very happy for her,” Ms Gibson said.

Amy came to Queensland from Vietnam two years ago to begin her Year 11 studies at Helensvale. She was awarded the EQI scholarship in recognition of her work as an

International Student Ambassador for the Gold Coast region. This followed an award she received from the Gold Coast Mayor as the first school sector ambassador promoting the region alongside university students.

Amy has also been an influential speaker representing international school students and building connections between Helensvale, Gold Coast universities and local industry to provide opportunities for students as they transition from school into further study and careers.

 

Brisbane opens international student hub

International students in Brisbane now have their own place to meet, connect and get advice and information about healthcare, employment, budget management, accommodation, legal services and local events and activities. The Brisbane International Student Hub was opened at the State Library of Queensland in August and is one of many initiatives to ensure that international students feel welcome and safe when they come to Queensland.

 

Queensland universities climb the world rankings

Queensland has more universities in the QS ‘Top 100 under 50’ list than any other state in Australia.  Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, James Cook University, Bond University and CQ University are all acknowledged in the latest list. Read more about the QS rankings.

 

Creative Generation — State Schools Onstage 2016

Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage (CGEN) celebrated its 12th anniversary with four arena-style shows at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank. Audiences were wowed by the dazzling display of some of the best young performing artists from Queensland state schools, spectacular special effects and performances by CGEN professional artists and mentors, including world-renowned performers, ballet dancer Li Cunxin and jazz musician James Morrison AM.

Congratulations to all the EQI schools and talented students that took part in this impressive event. For more information, visit the CGEN website.

 

Latest EQI promotions

See EQI's latest International Baccalaureate program video.

Coming soon…….

2018 Commonwealth Games:

Study in a Queensland Government school and share the dream
 
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be one of the largest sporting events to be hosted in a regional city. Between 4 to 15 April 2018 the XXI Commonwealth Games will host 71 nations and territories and over 6,600 athletes with the help of 15,000 Queensland volunteers.

Over the next year EQI will highlight the GC2018 event, sports, school programs and locations (Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville) in our promotional campaigns and on a dedicated GC2018 page on the EQI website.

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Last reviewed 12 December 2016
Last updated 13 December 2016