Our AGM, focused on education rights for students on certain visas, was held on Wednesday 31 March, at the Effective Living Centre in Wayville – a huge thank you to the ELC for hosting us yet again.

Read the draft AGM meeting minutes here.

Stay tuned for updates on the campaign and for the papers from the evening. Weren’t there but want to be involved in the education campaign? Visit our Campaigns page for more information, or email us at

Speaker Panel – Education

We were fortunate to have people prepared to share their personal stories accessing tertiary education and the barriers they have encountered. It was a real privilege to be in the room. Here are some quotes from the evening, and more information about the panelists below:

  • ‘They give up on their education. A lot of talented students that the education system fails. I’m here, hopeful that I’ll get an opportunity to go to uni so I can get my Bachelor of Nursing and help others’ – Mani
  • ‘How can you support yourself when you have to maintain your GPA and work simultaneously?’ – Bella
  • ‘Those young people are lost to the system. Their intellect is lost to us. And everything they bring is lost to us’ – Eva
  • ‘This is reflective of a broader problem with the way we treat refugees. It is just unacceptable that we don’t give people living in this country civil and liberal rights. Education is one example of how people on TPVs are treated, but there are many others’ – Alex

Mani Jayarainam: Mani is passionate about education being available for all young people. He works as an Enrolled Nurse but is unable to access higher education.

Meredith Edwards: Meredith spoke from her experience as principal at Woodville High School, seeing the many capable students who were unable to study at tertiary level.

Eva Kannis-Torry: Eva is principal at Thebarton Senior College, which offers Years 11 and 12 a new arrivals program and vocational training certificates. She shared her knowledge about visas and experience teaching students on visas.

Bella Nguyên: Bella received a scholarship to study her first degree at university level. She is now paying the cost of her second degree with support.

Alex Reilly: Alex has 24 years of experience as an academic in public law, and was involved in establishing the Humanitarian and Refugee Scholarships at Adelaide Uni. He spoke about the barriers from a university perspective and what more can be done.

Facilitator – Gaby Kinsman: Gaby is the South Australian coordinator for Young Mercy Links, dedicated to advocacy in a wide range of areas. She is passionate and committed to justice and mercy.