Australia Knight Review New Student Visa System Implementation 2012
Knight Student Visa Review – Implementation of Recommendations
What will be the impact and responsibilities be for higher education institutions and the ESOS Act.?
What will be the key points of accountability or performance indicators that institutions must achieve to remain within streamlined system?
What will be the impact upon education agents’ and consultants’ marketing, recruitment and visa assistance services (and the plethora of informal sub agents that institutions are not aware of)?
Does anyone know?
For any system to work it must include all participants and resources that have been proven to be effective i.e. candidates, word of mouth, digital channels and agents.
For the proactive institution, system assurance and integrity measures to appease VC’s, DIAC and political masters may include:
Apportion responsibility to agents?
Or, like DIAC has been doing, International Offices vetting and interviewing every (perceived high risk) applicant in cooperation with agents (offshore and onshore), for genuineness, financial support and intention to return home e.g. via Skype (physically interviewing all offshore would be cost prohibitive)?
Use only IDP to do the same in return for higher commissions or students pay consulting fee?
Outbound or offshore activity would be prohibitive resource wise for institutions to conduct independently, conversely it would be logical for focus and resources to move inbound or onshore?
Inbound process starts, or even better continues, on campus where every new starter and enrolled candidates are interviewed personally or surveyed on a regular basis by International Offices to assess welfare, academic progress, which communication channels (i.e. how did they find institution in the first place) and future intentions?
This should ensure an institution not only has a compliance system in place but it exemplifies good marketing practice, quality assurance and environmental credentials (resources focussed on actual candidates versus travel and events).
This would be the result of proactively ensuring student well being, retention (maintaining income), which marketing channels are effective (especially digital), good word of mouth and fore warning on risk of overstay.
The resources required to develop the above strategy were common sense, (back of) a cigarette packet, a cup of cocoa, 20-30 minutes and a netbook computer……..