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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.

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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)

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

Peninsula – June 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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.

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

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