Thrilled to share that the Student Accommodation Association (SAA), with the invaluable support of Study NSW, recently convened in Newcastle to address pressing issues surrounding student accommodation.
The event featured insightful discussions led by key figures in
the sector, shedding light on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Kent Anderson, DVC - Global Engagements and Partnerships, University of Newcastle, a prominent voice for international education, delved into the short-term future, emphasising the complexities arising from unprecedented student growth, dwindling accommodation availability, a weakened Australian dollar, and media-driven public perception challenges. Navigating these waters will be essential in maintaining a healthy student accommodation landscape.
Toshi Kawaguchi, Director, Study NSW, stressed the critical role international education plays in supporting the economy and community of NSW. Jobs, talent, and global connectivity are at stake, making it imperative for the community to rally behind this vital export. Toshi shared both short and long-term solutions to tackle the accommodation challenges faced by students in NSW and Australia.
Geoff Denison, President, SAA, introduced the National Property Accreditation Scheme NPAS, emphasising the importance of a unified message and terminology to guide students in finding suitable accommodation. A common ground in the student housing landscape is pivotal for ensuring the well-being and satisfaction of our international students.
The event sparked constructive dialogues, fostering a collaborative approach to address the complex issues at hand. It is evident that a united effort from all stakeholders is crucial to ensure a positive and sustainable future for student accommodation.
We would like to thank event speakers, sponsors, and attendees for their invaluable contributions. Special thank you to SAA National Committee members Rebecca Bendall and Paul Tosch for assisting in event preparation.