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  • 20 November 2020 3:14 PM | SAA Admin (Administrator)

    On behalf of all staff, our residents and the key stakeholders of student accommodation across Australia, the student accommodation industry would like to commend the manner in which commonwealth, state and territory governments, and education providers have skilfully navigated the country through the COVID-19 pandemic to date.

    The student accommodation industry provides over 95,000 beds for the sole purpose of providing students with safe, comfortable and secure accommodation to support the higher education journey.

    Providers of student accommodation are connected through their collective dedication and commitment to delivering quality residential environments that offer a supported platform for students to develop resilience and the personal quality’s required to overcome challenging times and to be successful in life.

    Under the definition of ‘Accommodation provided for the exclusive use of students’ - student accommodation in Australia comes in all shapes and sizes, falling under the categories of:

    • University Managed
    • Residential Colleges
    • Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA)
    • Commercially Managed Student Housing Portfolios
    • Student Hostels

    The industry is pleased to have been recognised as an ‘essential service’ through the lockdown phase of the pandemic which allowed providers to further demonstrate the critical role the industry plays in supporting the Australian education sector.

    Student accommodation providers are immensely proud of the courage of our professionally trained management teams, who faced the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in their communities, particularly in early months of the pandemic as students returned from affected countries.

    In fact, the industry has gone to great lengths during the pandemic to:

    • Develop COVID safe management plans and successfully integrate them into standard operational practice
    • Provide financial flexibility through the application of rent credits and the negotiation of flexible payment plans to support students impacted by COVID-19
    • Provide apartment options that are conducive to healthy quarantine
    • Significantly invest in further enhancing student wellbeing and experience within our communities
    • Support emergency accommodation programs across the country
    • Provide support for under-18 international students unable to return home.

    As Australia, and the Australian education sector moves into the next phase of the COVID-19 response, the student accommodation industry stands ready to support government and education providers to:

    • Provide isolation solutions which meet the specific needs of students
    • Accommodate students who may be stranded in Australia until international borders reopen.
    • Welcome new students from unregulated share and private rental accommodation arrangements.

    The student accommodation industry of Australia looks forward to continuing to play an important role in supporting the recovery of the Australian education sector.

       

  • 02 November 2020 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    Student Accommodation Association is delighted to partner with StudyAdelaide on the International School Student Summer Program. The program aimed to develop short term accommodation packages for Year 12 international students who will be graduating at the end of 2020. Given current border restrictions, most of these students are unable to travel home over summer and then return to Adelaide as they may have planned.

    A number of SAA Members, inlcuding Atira, Capital Student Stays, dwell East End Adelaide, Unilodge, Urbanest, Aquinas College, St Mark's College, The University of Adelaide Village, Flinders Living offered exclusive packages designed to support these students. We hope the program will assist many students as they transition from school to their next education provider during this uncertain year.


  • 26 October 2020 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    We would like to thank StarRez for their sponsorship support in 2020/21.

    "We are proud to sponsor the Student Accommodation Association as we are passionate about supporting thriving residential communities. In Australia our community includes the University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, Campus Living Villages, UniLodge, Student One and more." said StaRez Managing Director Adele Knipe.

    StarRez is the proud global leader with more than 850 customers globally serving more than 2 million beds.  Their cloud platform delivers an outstanding experience from online applications and bookings, contactless move in/out, automated billing, communication tools, dashboards, analytics and more.  StarRez global community includes Harvard University, Cornell University, National University of Singapore, University College of London and more.

    "We are excited to join a leading industry association in SAA to support our community and the industry with best practices, business recovery and innovation ideas." Adele adds.

    Visit https://www.starrez.com/ to learn more.


  • 14 October 2020 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Student Accommodation Association (SAA) introduces National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS) to benefit all participants in Australian education 

    New NPAS initiative aims to identify individual properties operated to industry-led minimum standards for the exclusive use of students

    The Student Accommodation Association (SAA) is proud to introduce the National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS) – an industry-led program owned, governed and administered by the SAA membership. NPAS has been developed to assist national education stakeholders identify, promote and support quality managed student accommodation businesses which operate for the exclusive use of students.

    The initiative is designed to provide greater clarity to Australian education stakeholders, as well as prospective students, agents and the community. NPAS aims to identify individual properties that are being operated to a set of industry-led minimum standards for the exclusive use of students with a focus on student safety and wellbeing. 

    The National Property Accreditation Scheme benefits all participants in Australian education – students, education stakeholders and government agencies, and student accommodation providers. 

    Applicant properties will be assessed under five accreditation categories:


    VISIT NPAS WEBSITE

  • 04 September 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Following the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Student Accommodation Association held on the 21st of August, the SAA National Committee extends its formal gratitude to James Atkinson, Principal, Flinders Living, Flinders University for his years of dedicated services as a Treasurer. Dr Paul Tosch MAICD will move to the position of Treasurer, and Rebecca Bendall has taken on the role of Secretary.

    We would like to welcome a new Committee Member, Craig Carracher, Executive Chair, Scape Group. SAA is pleased to welcome Craig on board and is looking forward to the unique expertise he will bring to the work of the Association to further promote the value of accommodation for the exclusive use of students.

    See the full list of Committee Members

  • 21 July 2020 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    We are very pleased to welcome the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Scape as our newest Executive Members!

    UTS Housing is a provider of shelter, food and fun for over 1200 UTS students. Aiming to enrich students' life by providing and promoting a positive culturally diverse living environment that is conducive to academic, social and personal growth for students.

    Scape Living Student Accommodation has student accommodation hubs in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. Scape believes in quality living through intuitive design and intelligent service, putting students at the heart of everything they do. 

    We at SAA are very proud of our growing membership community. To find out more about SAA membership, visit https://studentaccassoc.com.au/Membership

  • 13 July 2020 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to our SA based members for supporting StudyAdelaide's new brand awareness campaign to promote Adelaide as an ‘easily accessible’ and welcoming study destinationThe campaign presents key information that is relevant for students who are considering South Australia as a study destination.

    In accordance with the MOU between StudyAdelaide and the Student Accommodation Association (SAA), SAA South Australian members were exclusively invited to feature the range of quality accommodation available in South Australia for international students.

    The campaign can be found here.

  • 03 July 2020 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    The bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have had a unprecedented impact almost every aspect of Australia’s society and economy. International education is no exception – it was affected by COVID-19 earlier than most other areas and the impact has been profound.

    Back in January 2020 the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced the formation of the Global Reputation Taskforce (Taskforce), under the leadership of the Council for International Education. The Taskforce was formed to shape Australia’s response in times of reputational damage or significant external risk to the sector, and to accelerate efforts to build a strong cohesive national brand for international education.

    The Student Accommodation Association were delighted to be a member of the working group which provided them with an opportunity to share the sector response through the crisis and highlight that student accommodation continues to be an important part of the international education experience.

    The sector post COVID-19 recovery will be led by The Council for International Education and Expert Members. The Student Accommodation Association will continue to have access to this group and SAA members are encouraged to raise matters through the association.


  • 13 May 2020 9:42 AM | SAA Admin (Administrator)

    The Student Accommodation Association is pleased to advise that plans to roll out the National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS) this year are continuing.

    A risk assessment of the scheme has been successfully completed with only minor adjustments to the NPAS application, accreditation, business and implementation plan recommended from the review. These items are currently being addressed.

    SAA looks forward to delivering the National Property Accreditation Scheme and by doing so, enabling students studying in Australia to make an informed accommodation choice.

    For more information on the National Property Accreditation Scheme, please visit our website https://studentaccassoc.com.au/National-Property-Accreditation-Scheme


  • 05 February 2020 9:12 AM | SAA Admin (Administrator)

    The Student Accommodation Association is pleased to join the Global Reputation Taskforce established last Tuesday by the Federal Minister of Education.

    The taskforce has been established to support the international education sector in overcoming any negative perceptions arising from the bushfire crisis. Three meetings are scheduled to be held in February.

    SAA members are welcome to raise any issues they would like to feed through to the taskforce by phoning SAA HQ on + 618 7088 4856 or email admin@studentaccassoc.com.au


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