Australian Homestay Standards
A critical element in the success of the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) and the Community Placement Network (CPN) has been the insistence of adopting the well published Homestay Standards in International Education which were first deemed appropriate by the:
Senate Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students (2009)
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The University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching (CET)
also finalised an official review into acceptable minimum Homestay standards (2010/11).
The new standards were decided upon after input from DEEWR, ISANA International Education Association Inc. (www.isana.org.au) and a selection of experienced Homestay Managers.
Standards to be met by USYD CET Homestay Providers.
The following standards must be met by the approved Homestay Providers for USYD CET:
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The NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into International Student Accommodation (2011)
also commended these same 8 standards and recommended them for legislation.
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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
officially advised their contracted ‘Settlement Services’ providers in 2012 (who are assisting with Asylum seeker community placements) that all Homestay services must now meet the University of Sydney 8 standards above.
The Council of International Students of Australia (CISA)
have also identified numerous issues in an unregulated Homestay Industry in Australia and have called for legislation of Homestay.
Homestay Standards are now entrenched and it would be unwise for Education Providers to ignore their obligation to these standards and their duty of care risk exposure. Adoption of the 8 standards above as Best Practice will ensure that future students are protected and the Homestay Industry will only consist of participants committed to these standards.