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Australian 3C Forum Post-Event Actions
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Thematic working groupGoalDue byResponsibility
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1. Promoting equitable access into
universities
Create a list of key contacts who can be available to respond to questions about scholarships and
admissions during the post-HSC break
March 2019
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Organise pop-up information stalls within university campuses that provide info on scholarships
and admission processes
March 2019
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Lobby to central administration to change the questions within scholarship application processes to
focus primarily on educational disadvantage/gaps and aspirations, to mitigate the risk of
re-traumatisation
Nov 2019All unis
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Engage with community student associations to promote informal mentoring and orientations
Nov 2019
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Explore the language proficiency requirements/ pathways available to students from refugee and
asylum seeking backgrounds
Nov 2019
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Introduce bridging courses and transition to university programs which include English language
learning
Nov 2020Unis
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Set up a tailored process to recognise prior qualifications and studyNov 2020
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Offer scholarships to males and females equallyNov 2020
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Examine possibilities for mandated cultural diversity training for school leaders and careers advisors
from each school in directorate
Nov 2020
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Roadshow across states with information for school students and people in the community
interested in higher education
Nov 2020
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Translate university/ educational materials on higher education into different community languages
Nov 2020
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2. Improving supports and practices
within universities
Include specific strategies within university equity plans that address the needs, strengths and
experiences of people with refugee backgrounds
Universities to report back on their progress in relation to these strategies
Nov 2019UNSW; other unis
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Implement a system whereby students can access other university libraries, to improve accessibility
Nov 2019
UNSW to champion this;
other unis
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Increase partnership between unis and NGOs and more opportunities for outreach within
universities
Nov 2019
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Implement additional English language support within universities that is tailored to the students’
areas of study and their specific needs (e.g. addressing learning gaps caused by disrupted education)
Nov 2019UNSW; other
unis
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Create a campaign to appoint a refugee liaison person/ support coordinator in each university (a la
Swinburne model)
Nov 2019
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Create a campaign to advocate for mentoring programs (paid) in each university (a la WSU model)
Nov 2019
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Explore the possibilities of creating accreditation pathways to encourage staff and students to
undertake cultural diversity training (e.g through micro credentialing)
Nov 2019
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Review mental health policies and make sure refugee-specific concerns are included
Nov 2019
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Create a campaign to argue for additional time/ flexibility in assessments for refugee students (thus
not needing disability sign off)
Nov 2019
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Implement peer mentoring programs within unis that offer opportunities for existing students to
mentor those transitioning into uni
Nov 2020Unis; NGOs
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Create a campaign for more holistic views/ approaches to language, literacies and cultural diversity
into ‘core business’
Nov 2020
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3. Information sharing to build the
evidence base
Gather data on the number of students with refugee backgrounds who:
- are studying in university
- have applied and have been unsuccessful in entering university
- have applied for scholarships and have been unsuccessful
Gather data on the experiences of students around applying for entry into university and scholarships
March 2019
Forced Migration
research Network;
CMRC
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Map existing supports that universities can offer to students with refugee backgrounds (e.g. financial
supports, food vouchers, laptops, orientations, ELICOS, transport etc.)
March 2019
Refugee Education SIG
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Invite relevant NGOs to gather and report on similar data, through interagency networks
March 2019CMRC
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Gather demographic data to identify key groups of students with refugee backgrounds, and explore
the needs of these groups (e.g. school leavers, mature age students)
Nov 2019
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Map out language and literacies supports in local areas/statesNov 2019
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4. How can Australian universities
assist refugees overseas?
Email Distribution List regarding GED
Need to explain about GED and how it can support future participation in higher education for
people displaced in the A-P region Need to ask for more Mentors - Qualified Teachers (Secondary
or University) with a teaching background
March 2019
Refugee Education
SIG; Unions/ Teachers
Federation; Students
for Refugees; Teachers
for Refugees; Academics
for Refugees
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Investigate the geographic spread of people with refugee backgrounds in MalaysiaMarch 2019Tracey
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Map Australian Universities Overseas (e.g. Curtin, Monash, Swinburne) and promote Monash model
as possible pathway into higher education in refugee-hosting countries
March 2019Lisa; Caroline
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Reach out to Connected Learning Initiatives - contact Michael SmithMarch 2019Asher
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Get the survey results from HOST International to see the baseline for educational needs in Indonesia
March 2019Melita
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Investigate scholarship opportunities for people seeking asylum with Open Universities Australia -
contact Maya
March 2019Melita
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Investigate Indonesian universities to see if mentoring could be provided for students enrolled in
Australian online education
Nov 2019Asher
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Investigate scholarship opportunities and enrollment criteria within Australian universities for people
seeking asylum in Malaysia
Nov 2019
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Liaise with UNHCR to develop relationships with NGOs overseas- APRRN in Malaysia
Nov 2019
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Explore opportunities to facilitate access into Australian universities for people who are overseas
through student visas
Nov 2020
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Explore the possibilities of an intiative to match potential students in Indonesia, Malaysia, and
Thailand with study opportunities in Australia
Nov 2020
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Investigate about scholars in Exile Program- develop supportive networkNov 2020
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