Important Update of 485 Visa Changes for Griffith University Post-Graduate Students.

Dear Griffith University Post-Graduate students,

The Australian Government has updated the upcoming policies regarding the Temporary Graduate VISA (Subclass 485). These updated regulations will affect the criteria of students to obtain a post-graduate VISA, particularly in regard to the age limit of students and the type of post-graduate Studies.

Age limit adjustment: Starting from July 1st, the age limit to obtain a post-graduate student VISA will be reduced to 35 years. This means that post-graduate students over 35-years old will no longer be eligible to obtain a post-graduate VISA barring some exception for specific categories of students:

  1. Post-Graduate Masters (Research) Candidates: Students enrolled in a Masters (Research) will be exempt from the 35 year age limit. They will still be eligible to apply for the Post-Higher Education Work Stream VISA up until the age limit of 50.
  2. Higher Degree Research (HDR) Candidates: Similar, students pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) will still be eligible for the Post-Higher Education Work Stream VISA up until the age limit of 50.
  3. Students holding a Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport will still be eligible if they are under 50 years of age.

These exemptions do not apply to Masters (Coursework) students. If you are a coursework-based Masters program above 35 years old, we advise you to arrange an appointment with the international student advisers regarding your VISA options.

Next steps: The Griffith University Post-Graduate Student Association (GUPSA) have been in touch with the appropriate Griffith elements regarding students seeking eligibility of the Temporary Graduate VISA prior to 1st July changes. The details can be found here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-graduate-485/changes, and we will continue to work with these elements to ensure that students that complete their degree before 1st July will be able to obtain evidence of completion to be lodged before 1st July 2024. Any applications lodged on or after 1 July 2024 will be accessed under the new requirements.

Additionally, we remain steadfast with our undergraduate cohort at Griffith University and the other Australian Universities by encouraging students to voice their dissent for the upcoming changes by signing the following public petition: https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/petition/EN6198

We understand that changes in visa regulations can be challenging, but we remain committed to the best interest of our cohort and will be here to support you through this transition.

Sincerely,

Griffith University Post Graduate Student Association

50c Public Transport Fares

Dear Griffith University Post-Graduate Students,

We are pleased to share the local government’s recent announcement to significantly reduce transport fares to 50 cents for a period of six months starting from the 5th of August. This initiative comes at a crucial time, amidst the current cost-of-living crisis, and will help provide substantial relief to our student community: Brisbane Times Article.

While we do welcome and appreciate these temporary measures, we must not lose sight of the underlying issues that stem from the current concession fare framework. The Griffith University Post-Graduate Student Association (GUPSA) remains steadfast alongside our other QLD University colleagues in our commitment to our ‘Fares Fair’ campaign. This campaign will continue to advocate to reduce the economic burden and ensure that all students, including part-time students, have access to concession rates across Queensland.

Therefore, we continue to call on the State Government to reduce the economic burden on concession students and to amend the concession framework to permanently include part-time students beyond this six-month scheme. Achieving this will ensure a fairer and more sustainable transportation policy for our entire student community.

Thank you for your support and engagement in this important advocacy effort. Together, we can work towards lasting and equitable solutions.

Griffith University Post Graduate Student Association

Poverty on Placement Report

Today on International Women’s Day, Griffith University Student Associations, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Postgraduate Student Association (GUPSA) are launching a report titled: “Where Is the Social Justice for Students? Experiences of Poverty on Placement”  

Our report findings, drawn from a survey in which 86% of the participants were women, have shed light on the critical intersection of gender and poverty on placements, highlighting the urgent need for systemic change. This situation not only undermines students’ educational experience but also their future professional trajectories.  

The release of the report aligns with this year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.”, urging us to confront the barriers that hinder economic and educational equality for women. Despite notable advances, women continue to face challenges in achieving equal participation.  

Key Insights from the Report

· Students facing the escalating cost-of-living crisis find it increasingly challenging to cover essential expenses like food, accommodation, transport, and household bills during unpaid placements. 

· Financial struggles during placements significantly exacerbate stress, mental health issues, sleep disturbances, overall well-being, learning outcomes, and interpersonal relationships. 

· With 82.5% of survey respondents identifying with one or more equity groups, educators and policymakers must address the intersections of disability, race, gender diversity, sexuality, and age to ensure inclusive responses to poverty on placements that reflect the diversity of students and future professionals working in these fields. 

· The report highlights the disproportionate representation of women in placement-required industries, critical sectors that form the backbone of society and comprise our essential workforce. Urgent action is needed to foster social justice within these student communities and professions. 

What Next?

The concerns raised in our report are a call to action for urgent reform. Peak professional registration bodies must consider greater flexibility in placement requirements, while the education sector and governments are urged to provide more accessible and significantly increased financial support for students on placement. 

We invite educators, policymakers, students, and all stakeholders to engage with our findings, and extend our gratitude to those already undertaking work in this space including: Professor Ann Bonner (Griffith University) and Professor Karen Strickland (Edith Cowan University) on behalf of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM), the Australian Council of Heads of Social Work Education (ACHSWE), and Griffith University’s Professor Caroline Rueckert (Dean, Career Readiness) and colleagues. 

To stay updated on our advocacy, future consultations, and how you can support or benefit from our initiatives, please email advocacy@griffith.edu.au and follow us @waliwellnesshq for updates and insights. 


“Thank you to each student who shared your experience on placement at Griffith University to contribute to our Poverty on Placement Report. We, your SRC Board, empathise with the significant commitment and challenges that come with your placements, particularly the substantial workload and financial stress that you undertake during these placements. Your insights play a pivotal role in this report. Through your experiences, we aim to influence positive changes within the university and the broader community for future students and enhance current support mechanisms, contributing to a more promising future for all Griffith students on placement.”

Emily Parker
SRC Board Chair

Writing Tips with your GUPSA Editors | T3 2023

Check out all interesting weekly writing tips from your editors, Maureen and Michelle, or if you can’t wait and want to join the conversation, have a browse through the exclusive editor’s Canvas discussions here!

Week 1

Colons Part 1

Do you know how to use a colon with lists? Moriarty the little lab rat is back to help. See how, here!

Week 2

Colons Part 2

How do we use a clause to join sentence parts? Moriarty our lab rat shows us how. See how, here!

Week 3

Colons Part 3

We all use appositives (renaming words) a lot in writing. Moriarty our lab rat shows us how they work with colons. See how, here!

Week 4

Logical comparisons: getting rid of ambiguity.

Is this the kind of sentence you might write? ‘You have higher odds of being injured by a vending machine than a cat’.

You know something’s wrong, but how to fix it? The APA Style Blog helps us sort out logical comparisons.

Week 5

Colons Part 4

Using a colon to introduce a quote? Find out our essential tip for using a colon with a quote, here!

Week 6

Avoiding anthropomorphisms

Did you know our little Moriarty, cordon bleu chef, is an anthropomorphism? See what the APA Style Guide has to say about your anthropomorphisms.

Week 7

Colons part 5: Common mistakes with colons

The GUPSA editors give you a little list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to colons.

More discussions are updated weekly.

Night Against Procrastination (NAP)

Night Against Procrastination (NAP) is the one-stop shop to help you combat your procrastination struggles.

The most reliable dictionary, The Urban Dictionary (this is sarcasm of course), defines procrastination as:

Putting something off that eventually must be done to the very last minute. Sometimes this method can be successful, and the person will get to spend a lot of time relaxing and still get work done. Other times, however, it can lead to poor grades, incomplete work, etc. If one has a lot of work, it is understandable that the person will leave some for the last minute, although this person may be subject to adjectives such as lazy.

Example: Wow, I’ve got an 8-page history paper, a French project, a science lab, and a lot of other nightly assignments… I’ll do some now, but to avoid exhaustion, I’ll have to use procrastination with the rest.

So, Night Against Procrastination (NAP) is the one-stop shop to help you combat your procrastination struggles. We will have a range of different support staff, free study material, and free food to give out to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Griffith Students. Come along to fight against procrastination.

For Postgrads, you might need some help with your research, referencing, and writing. We will have our wonderful GUPSA Editors there to answer your questions.

Or, if you are an undergrad and are having problems outside or inside of academia making it hard to study; Have a chat with our fabulous WALis, who have a wealth of knowledge in the different services Griffith University offers and our amazing Advocacy Officers who can help you navigate your options and help set up emergency support.

Event itinerary (for people who like to plan):

  • Where: Nathan campus Goanna Lounge (N16)
  • When: 11th October from 4 pm – 7 pm.
  • Cost: FREE including snacks and goodies all night, free Subway Dinner at 6:30 pm and all students will also get 1 free coffee during the event.

Need we say more? Get your study on track and register below.

Trimester 2 QSTARS on Campus Pop-Up

We know that the cost of living can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to finding affordable rentals in Queensland. To be honest, the rental market isn’t looking too great right now. However, we’ve got some good news! We’re here to help students navigate through this situation by bringing QTARS to campus on the last Thursday of every month for Trimester 2.

So mark your calendars for August 31st, September 28th, and October 26th from 10 am to 12 pm!

But hold on, what’s QSTARS exactly? It stands for Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service, and it’s an amazing free statewide service for Queensland tenants. Their main goal is to provide all renters in Queensland with top-notch, independent tenant advisory services that help them manage and maintain their tenancy.

Here’s what they can assist you with:

  • Giving advice and assistance to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
  • Providing support to resolve any tenancy issues you may be facing
  • Offering advocacy support to help you communicate with your lessor or agent
  • Helping you write letters or fill in any necessary tenancy forms
  • Guiding you through the preparation for a QCAT tenancy tribunal hearing
  • Referring you to other services if needed

The best part is that instead of having to wait in the QSTARS phone queue, they are now offering drop-in support to Griffith students who walk by. You can find them conveniently located next to our lovely WALi Stall in the Nathan Campus Heart. They’ll be available from 10 am to 2 pm, so swing by and get the assistance you need.

Remember, you don’t have to face the rental market alone. Let QSTARS lend a helping hand and make your tenancy journey a little smoother.

Writing Tips with your GUPSA Editors | T2 2023

Check out all interesting weekly writing tips from your editors, Maureen and Michelle, or if you can’t wait and want to join the conversation, have a browse through the exclusive editor’s Canvas discussions here!

Week 1

How’s your grammar street cred?

Harry and Charlie quiz native English speakers on their grammar. Check out what happened here: 

Week 2

Vikings nimbled up our English plurals?

Want to know how the Vikings nimbled up our English plurals? TED-Ed gives us a fun history that involves gat, ack, and woolly lambru. Watch it here:

Week 3

Why do we toss these punctuation marks around like grammatical confetti?

Check out the little orange semicolon in TED-Ed and see how this stylish guy can make your sentences look pretty elegant. See him in action here:

Week 4

‘Affect’ or ‘effect’?

Should I use ‘affect’ or ‘effect’? The New Yorker’s Comma Queen, Mary Norris, takes us on a quick tour around these tricky words. Get the wisdom here!

Week 5

“…When I reflect on my own experiences, it’s not always the publications that stay with me, as much as I still cherish some of them, it’s the enduring and very human connections that come from collaborating on writing and research.”

Meagan Tyler reveals the unexpected joys of collaborative writing that can happen around a kitchen table. Read the full publication here! Do you agree?

Week 6

Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty

Creating parallel structure is one of the best-kept secrets of great writing. Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty shows it’s easy, and how it will move your sentences from okay to brilliant. See the best-kept secret of writing here.

Week 7

How to write a successful ethics application

Writing your ethics application? Here’s some tips!

Week 8

How to write a successful ethics application

How’s your list of writing projects looking? Aila Hoss shows us how to trim a ballooning project list.

Week 9

Writing your thesis and beating writer’s block

Writing your thesis and beating writer’s block: Scott shares on how to get started + how to manage the process. See Scott’s full blog here!

More discussions are updated weekly.

T2 Wellbeing Workshops 2023

Two exciting workshop series from Student Health, Counselling and Wellbeing are happening in Trimester 2, 2023.

“Wellbeing Wednesdays” workshop

Make this trimester a great trimester!

Don’t wait to take care of your mental well-being and learn strategies to help you be your best self!

  • Where: Nathan Campus – N53_-1.20
  • When: Wednesdays, Weeks 1-10
  • Time: 2 – 3:30 pm 
  • Cost: Free

We’ll be covering topics such as life balance, beating procrastination, self-care for real, resilience mindsets, exam stress and much more to keep you feeling good through the trimester! 

Please note:

  • This is not a counselling or therapy group, so you will not receive individualised support. You may be encouraged to seek counselling support following this group.
  • Places are limited; register your interest.

“Mindful Mondays” workshop

Mind full or Mindful?

Practice and learn about mindfulness in a skills-based and experiential workshop.

Each week we will explore a foundational attitude of mindfulness with mindfulness practices. 

  • Where: Nathan Campus, Multifaith Centre (N35_1.08)
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
  • When:  Mondays, Week 1-10
  • Please note: Dress comfortably. 

Writing Tips with your GUPSA Editors | T1 2023

Week 3

Mapping your research area

How would you like a visual map of your research area? Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re planning to publish, or you want to find connections to one seminal paper, Thesislink tests out three online tools that can make that map for you.

Week 4

I wish I knew!

Did you know: you can borrow a laptop/book a consult with learning advisors/find comfy chairs and study hideaways in the libraries. Students reveal their top tips about our awesome Griffith Libraries.

Week 5

Uni newbie or you’ve been at uni forever?

Whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been at uni forever, Griffith’s TTP program has great videos that will help out with getting your degree underway, study skills, assessment, the online learning environment, and looking after yourself.

Week 6

Blindsided by a writing task?

Blindsided by a writing task? If you need to learn a bit about types of assignments,  structuring assignments, or academic writing style, the Library has some fast help for you.

Week 7

Academic Spy Network

How’s your academic spy network? The Thesis Whisperer tells us how #circleofniceness, ‘who you know’, and ‘the strength of weak ties’ all help you to find jobs.

Week 8

Griffith’s Library Services

Whether you’re a new HDR candidate or at the other end of the research lifecycle, this site is for you: Griffith’s Library Services For Researchers has the goods on managing references, researcher profiles, research metrics, working with data, and more.  

Week 9

Run an online event

Want to run an online event that isn’t horrible? QUT’s Brendan Keogh has some great strategies on running a simple, cheap, and flexible symposium.  

Week 10

A discovery platform

Here’s a discovery platform you need to check out. Griffith’s Research Repository is a digital archive of published theses, journal articles, conference papers, and creative works. Get some great inspiration here. 

21 Days of Yoga – June 22

Presented by heartfulness, UNAoA, and the International Yoga Teachers Association, the 21 days of FREE yoga + meditation sessions have begun!

  • Week 1: Yoga for self-care
  • Week2: Yoga builds confidence
  • Week 3: Yoga promotes true wellbeing
  • 21st June: International day of yoga

For more information click here, or view the YOGA website information here.