Sydney city working to keep international students safe


Educators will hear from sector experts and swap notes on how to ensure students from abroad stay safe and inspired during their time in Australia at a conference hosted by the City of Sydney next month.

The forum involving NSW Police and StudyNSW will see about 150 representatives of tertiary institutions, consulates, student support groups and accommodation providers work together to enrich the experiences of international students and protect them during their time in an unfamiliar country.

“Studying in Sydney can mark the start of a lifelong connection with our city for many of the over 35,000 overseas students in the city each year,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“The International Education Provider Forum is a way for key government and industry representatives to share information that improves the wellbeing of international students.

“The universities have good social support networks, but we want to make sure they’re well equipped to meet the challenges faced by international students.

“Sydney’s international students make a great contribution to the City’s economy and culture, and are important global connections now and in the future.”

Representatives from more than 10 agencies and not-for-profit organisations will discuss challenges in the sector, case studies and services updates at the third annual forum.

Panellists for the Customs House event include former Scotland Yard detective Roy Cottam, from the City’s specialist unit investigating illegal accommodation.

Mr Cottam will be joined by Director of StudyNSW, Peter Mackey, and the NSW Police Force’s expert on the welfare of international students, Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate.

The International Education Providers Forum will be held in the Barnet Long Room at Customs House, Circular Quay, from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday 13 October 2015.

To register for the event, please RSVP by 6 October by contacting the City Conversations Team on  02 9265 7682  or email


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