April 2017 Agent Training e-News

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Student application ​​closing dates and orientation reminders

Thanks to your hard work and support EQI is expecting another very busy year so here’s a few important reminders about applications and orientation dates:

Applicat​ion closing dates (cut-off dates) 

Cut-off dates are no longer published on the EQI Student Application Form. EQI will accept applications provided that places are still available, there is enough time to apply for a visa and, if required, to arrange a homestay placement. 

It is advisable to submit applications at least three months prior to the student’s commencement. International Student Centres will accept applications up to two months before commencement. 

​Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Cairns will consider last minute applications but the Gold Coast has an earlier cut-off date, usually two to three months before the start of term.

 

S​tudy Abro​​ad places for Term 3

​We are experiencing very high demand for Term 3. Applications are processed in the order they are received. All applications are subject to school availability, but the earlier the application is received the more likelihood there is in securing those all-important school preferences. 
  

Agent orientation programs

​Agents who conduct orientation programs in Australia must submit their approval paperwork to ISP at least two months before the start of the program. This means that the application for Term 3 orientation programs should be submitted by 1 May 2017 . A reminder email will be sent with the application documents prior to the deadline date.

Celebrity health and fitness expert Michelle Bridges joins Kelvi​n Grove State College as Nutrition ​Ambass​​ador    

A partnership with Australian health and fitness expert Michelle Bridges is set to enhance the Sporting Excellence program at Kelvin Grove State College (KGSC). Ms Bridges will help to deliver a new nutrition program to give KGSC athletes the knowledge and skills to perform at their peak and achieve the results required for high performance success.

KGSC has a long history of elite sports programs and has produced many professional athletes, including Socceroo's, Davis Cup Tennis players and world champion golfers. The Sporting Excellence program combines expert coaching, high quality strength and conditioning, sports psychology and nutrition.

Michelle Bridges has extensive health and fitness industry experience and alignment with her brand adds enormous value to the KGSC sports program. KGSC is looking forward to working with Ms Bridges and her team to implement a number of new program strategies. 
  

New direct flights and addi​tional services between Asia and Queensland

In December, Brisbane Airport welcomed the first China Eastern Airlines direct service from Shanghai. The year-round passenger service will operate four times a week between the two cities. The service is among those secured through the Queensland Government's Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF) which has brought over 500,000 extra flight seats to the state.

Among the additional services are two additional daily Hong Kong Airlines services into the Gold Coast and Cairns, and a fourth daily Singapore Airlines flight to Brisbane.  Korean Airline Jin Air launched a seasonal service of 16 flights between Seoul and Cairns from January to mid-February 2017 and discussions are taking place regarding another seasonal service later this year.         

Brisbane Airport (BNE), named Best Airport (Australia/Pacific) in the 2016 Skytrax World Airport Awards, reported growth in a number of international flight services:

  • Philippine Airlines increasing the frequency of their Manila-Darwin-Brisbane route
  • China Airlines increased the frequency of their Brisbane-Taipei route to four services weekly
  • Qantas commenced daily Port Moresby services
  • Singapore Airlines increased Brisbane-Singapore frequency to 24 flights weekly
  • EVA Air increased Brisbane-Taipei frequency from two to five weekly flights.​​
      

Secure credit card payments​​ online

You can now make MasterCard and Visa payments online using the Department of Education's new BPOINT payment system. BPOINT is a secure payment facility, supported by the Commonwealth Bank that enables you to make payments from anywhere in the world.​

Individual student invoices will now include a link directing you to the BPOINT site and will pre-populate the on-screen fields with information that will enable us to match your payment to your outstanding balance. All you need to do is enter the amount that you wish to pay along with your credit card details. Once your transaction is complete you can opt to receive your receipt by email.

For agents who wish to pay multiple student invoices in one payment, please contact us and we will provide you with a revised link to BPOINT.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit card payments over the telephone. If you are unable to use the BPOINT facility you can still pay by direct deposit to the bank account listed on your invoice.​
  

​New ho​mestay curfew 

Prior to arrival the rules of the homestay home are shared with students to clarify the critical boundaries students must abide by. For example, seeking permission from the homestay parent before going out after school and on weekends;​ and the curfews set by EQI (unless for a school-approved extracurricular activity).

  • no later than 6.00pm, Sunday to Thursday for junior high school students (Years 7, 8, 9 and 10), and no later than 7.00pm for students in senior high school (Years 11 and 12 only); and
  • no later than 9.30pm* Friday and Saturday for junior high school students (Years 7, 8, 9 and 10) students, and no later than 10.30pm* for students in senior high school (Years 11 and 12).

* also applicable during the school holidays

This curfew is in place to meet stud​ent safety and welfare needs. Furthermore, it provides certainty for homestay providers and EQI as to the student's accommodation and whereabouts in the evenings.​

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Last reviewed 10 March 2017
Last updated 22 January 2018