The orientation program conducted by the AEA for all students on commencement at the AEA is an important part of our support services. At this meeting we provide information on all aspects of AEA’s operation and culture. We invite spokespersons from the Victoria police (subject to their availability); from Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)(subject to their availability); and representatives of OSHC providers to ensure that students are well aware of their rights and obligations as international students and aware of the supportive role that can be provided by them.
At the orientation program students are addressed by the student Welfare Officer who explain their role in providing information and support in relation to adjusting to living in a new culture, coping with relationship and family issues, dealing with homesickness, stress or depression, managing time, or maintaining motivation.
At the orientation program students are informed of the Student Support Services that they can avail, the climate conditions that prevail in Victoria, AEA policies and procedures and other information that is useful for their safe and enjoyable experience in Australia. Students are also provided with information on their rights and responsibilities and the Visa conditions.
Other Information includes
- Accommodation : provide referral services. Informed how to find accommodation. Referred to different agents.
- Visa renewals : Students informed about the process and referred to the Immigration office. Guided to the website www.immi.gov.au
- Homesickness, handled by the Counsellors
- Legal services; availability of free legal aid such as from Legalaid or Western Suburbs legal Services INC(Melbourne)
- Tax files number applications : Student informed about the process and referred to the Australian taxation office. Told about the website www.ato.gov.au
- Part time job : Guidance to job postings on various websites such as those from www.seek.com.au and others
- Financial issues
- Community Bodies
- Student social outings – such as barbecues, trips to local attractions, involvement in community events
- Student code of conduct