On 4 July ISEAA hosted an Expert Panel Meeting to review the progress of the ISEAA Agent Certification Program to be launched at the end of 2022. This was the third meeting of the Expert Panel which consists of representatives of the International Education Industry, mostly senior representatives of key International Education Peak Bodies. The meeting began with a recap of the rationale for the ISEAA Agent Certification Program with a discussion on the ESOS Review and how it has a focus on Education Agents, the challenges currently facing Education Agents, the somewhat confusing distinction between Education Agents and Migration Agents leading to the problem that the ISEAA Agent Certification Program is attempting to resolve.
A high-level outline of the ISEAA Agent Certification Program was presented to the meeting and is listed below.
Australian Migration Policy and Regulations
The ESOS Act
Eligibility, requirements, and conditions of Student Visas
Advice only on Student Visas
Recent changes in any International Education policies, procedures etc.
International Education Industry updates
An Action Plan has been developed and is currently being implemented. The ISEAA Board has endorsed a Project Control Group (PCG) made up of several Board Members to manage the development of the ISEAA Agent Certification Program. A large amount of research both nationally and internationally has been conducted by several board members and the ISEAA Board is currently considering an experienced consultant to complete the development of the ISEAA Agent Certification Program.
This article was written by David Riordan - ISEAA's Board Member