Clayton campus

Important information – June 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Volunteering at Monash
Volunteering is a great way to develop your employability skills, connect with others and give to the community. Here are some upcoming opportunities at Monash – register via Volunteering at Monash today and get involved:

  1. Student volunteers for pre-departure briefing in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta (18 – 21 June)
  2. Caulfield international student Enrolment and Orientation volunteers for semester two (13 – 17 July)

Working while studying
If you’re working while you study in Australia, it’s important that you understand your rights and responsibilities. International students get the same pay and conditions as Australian employees and should not be paid less than the minimum rate. (Read more)

Workplace Relations survey
CISA has launched the CISAsk Workplace Relations Survey to gather information about your knowledge on workplace rights and obligations.

This survey will allow us to collect anonymous data that will help us to identify areas of awareness to be strengthened when educating international students on their work rights and privileges in Australia,” said Sisi Wu, National Welfare Officer of CISA.

The survey will close on Sunday 21 June with weekly prizes and a grand prize of an iPad mini to be drawn at random.

Final semester studentsGPFarewell3
Graduations: Application for graduation ceremonies in October and December closes on 22 August. Whether you are attending a ceremony or graduating ‘in absentia’ (not attending ceremony), you must apply to graduate by the closing date.

  • Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) – This visa lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have completed your studies. Only the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and registered migration agents are licensed to give advice about immigration matters. Make sure you read through the DIBP website thoroughly. Their Facebook page is also another useful resource to receive notifications about ‘live-chat’ events about visa options and the DIBP Graduate Program.
  • Keep in touch – Stay in contact with the University community through the Alumni program! You are part of a large and rapidly growing number of alumni who live throughout the world. As an alumnus of Monash, you are a member of a vibrant community, full of social, professional, and networking opportunities.

Monash Innovators
On May 8, thirty international students presented innovative ideas for responding to gambling-related harm amongst international students in the City of Monash. Mayor Paul Klisaris (see photo) congratulated the winning team at the Monash Gallery of Art. Community agencies and leaders present on the night were encouraged to harness these ideas in future collaboration.
Innovators - winning team with Mayor

“This program let me meet many excellent people from different cultural backgrounds, broaden my horizon, and develop my critical thinking. I learnt lots of skills when doing the project – effective communication, teamwork and brainstorming. I appreciate the opportunity provided by Monash University.” – Yun Wan, Master of Social Work (photo, second from the right)

“The Monash Innovators Program has allowed me to meet people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and my participation in this program has improved my critical thinking and leadership skills.” – Caryn, Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (photo, right)

#EquityThroughDiversity
EtDEquity Through Diversity is a campaign by CISA that celebrates international students in Australia. You can support the campaign by submitting a black and white or monochrome photo of yourself to CISA. Check out some of the entries on their Facebook page.

Home fire safety
Now that winter is here, it is important to be aware of fire safety at home:

  • Be careful when using heaters – never put your clothes over them
  • Never leave any heaters and electric blanket switched on unattended
  • Check that your smoke alarm is working

Did you know..?
Monash is now on WeChat! Search for WeChat ID: AusMonashUni

Clayton – June 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

A message from MUISS
nepalIt’s a wrap – we hope you have enjoyed our services and programs this semester: Free Breakfast, Public Speaking, Let’s Chat and many more! Last month, we held a Fundraising Bake Sale for Nepal at the Lemon Scented Lawns, and it was a great success! We raised $770, thanks to our lovely customers and extremely generous donors. We couldn’t have pulled this off without the support of Wholefoods, Wom*n of Colour, the Centaurus Nepalese community, and our wonderful MUISS bakers and volunteers!

Here’s what’s up next semester (updates via our Facebook page):

  • July – MUISS Website Launch
  • August – Program for Leadership and Career Engagement (PLACE)
  • September – International Students Week, Sport’s Day, Elections

MUISS Lounge will be open during SWOTVAC, we wish you all the best for the upcoming exams.

Volunteering with MUISS
Not going overseas during winter? Places are filling in quick for these following volunteering opportunities:

Host Year Application is now openhostyear
MSA is now taking applications for new hosts to join the Host Year program for mid-year. Sign up now to be a part of the team! Team members help new students to find their way around campus to make those first weeks less daunting. You’ll learn new skills, make new friends and earn fast volunteer points! Training will commence in July.

Host Scheme Midyear Camp
The MSA Host Scheme Camp is a great way for first year students to jump into their university life, find their feet and make a whole lot of friends doing it. If you missed out on Host Scheme’s summer camps, or want to do it all over again, Host Scheme Midyear Camp is for you! The friends you make at Host Scheme Camp will stay with you all the way through Uni and beyond! Purchase your ticket online or at MSA Reception.

When: Friday 24 – Sunday 26 July 2015
Where: Lord Somers camp site
Cost: MSA Card holder – $99, Other – $120 (includes transport, accommodation, food and activities)

Exam cheating
If you are caught with study notes or mobile phone in your pocket during exams, you may be accused of cheating and face the following penalties:

  • 0% for assessment or unit
  • Suspension from Monash University
  • Exclusion from Monash University

Contact your Student Rights Officer for assistance if you have any concerns regarding your exams, or check out the Exams website.

How to succeed on exam day
Have you read the Library blog? It has tips on taking the right approach during exam to help improve your marks. Also, the opening hours for Sir Louis Matheson Library will be extended for exam period. (Read more)

Clayton CANVAS – International Students Leadership Group
A group of Monash students (photo below) were involved in planning, developing and facilitating a community event, Arcadia 2K15, at the Clayton Community Centre on Friday 15 May. 300 members of the community from around the City of Monash attended the successful event. In a celebration of gaming culture, the International Student Leadership Group and Monash Youth and Family Services were able to educate the community whilst providing alternatives to gaming in a youth and family friendly, free and healthy community environment. Well done to all involved!
Arcadia 2K15 leadership group

Things to do after exams
If you staying in Melbourne after exams, there are plenty of things you can do:

Want more? Check out That’s Melbourne website.


International Student Engagement

If you have any feedback about the newsletter or suggestions of items to be included, please email iss@monash.edu.