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Why Choose Leaders Institute?

BECOME A INDUSTRY LEADER

Our courses are designed to equip you with work-ready, technology enhanced skills that prepare you for a meaningful, fulfilling career.


MULTI-CAMPUS AND GLOBAL ONLINE

We offer flexible learning modes to fit around your existing life commitments.


At Leaders Institute, you can choose to study on campus in Brisbane or Sydney, as well as global online.  Our campuses are centrally located, just a few minutes walk from major rail and bus stations.


INDUSTRY NETWORKS

Leaders Institute has strong industry networks that can provide career pathways for graduates. You will gain practical experience during your course and our staff can help you connect with leading industry and community networks. 

International Students

Leaders Institute is fully accredited with the national higher education regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), to whom we report regularly. Thus, our standards are equivalent to those of any other duly authorised higher education provider in the nation.


Many of you will be making multiple transitions. You will be moving away from home, moving to a new country, coming to terms with a new culture, making the transition from school or vocational education to higher education and grappling with the English language as spoken by Australians. Each one of those changes is challenging. To face all simultaneously is a mark of great courage and preparedness to invest in your future. We honour you for that.


Leaders Institute offers opportunities for connection with other students and staff. Apart from outstanding academic staff whom you will meet regularly at class and online, we have specialists who can help with a range of issues including study skills, English language, academic writing, and personal challenges such as homesickness and stress associated with assimilating into a new culture.


As an international student, you can look forward to a range of esupport programs, and a smooth transition into life and study in Australia. You are an international student if you are not:


  1. An Australian citizen;

  2. A New Zealand citizen;

  3. A dual citizen of any country with Australia or New Zealand; or

  4. A permanent resident of Australia.


If you meet any of these categories, you are a domestic student. You are an international student if you hold a permit for temporary entry to Australia.


International students who have not completed an Australian qualification must have appropriate education qualifications, deemed equivalent under NOOSR guidelines. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission may be considered for admission to micro-credentials or single units.


International students must hold a valid student visa and meet numerous conditions  of the Australian government. For example, a holder of a student visa may not work, paid or unpaid, for more than 48 hours in any fortnight during semester time. Where Work Integrated Learning is integrated into a course, it does not count towards the 48 hours.


Students enrolling from non-English speaking countries are required to undertake an English language test and demonstrate English proficiency.

Campus Guide

Brisbane Campus


Brisbane is home to some unexpected treasures, including floating walkways, underground operas, and edgy street art. Once you’ve experienced the city’s renowned landmarks, it’s time to uncover the hidden gems cherished by locals.

Brisbane fully embraces its reputation as a sun-soaked city, placing a strong emphasis on outdoor living. Imagine savoring al fresco dining, enjoying riverside picnics, exploring nearby islands along the coast, and venturing into national parks. This dynamic city also offers a vibrant cultural precinct, abundant wildlife encounters, and easy access to renowned destinations like the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef. Brisbane is a destination that’s impossible to resist.


Known as the “River City,” Brisbane invites you to explore its waterways by hiring a kayak or joining a guided tour. Paddle past the glistening skyline, sunken ships, and dramatic cliffs while immersing yourself in the river’s charms. And right in the heart of the city, you’ll find Streets Beach, a dazzling blue lagoon offering white sand, crystal-clear water, and refreshing swims. Explore how to make the most of a day at Brisbane’s urban oasis.


South Bank emerges as Brisbane’s cultural hub, offering world-class theater, dynamic arts, and enlightening exhibitions. Brisbane’s enchanting coastline is dotted with pristine islands awaiting your exploration. Seek out secluded snorkeling spots, hand-feed wild dolphins, and uncover hidden shipwrecks beneath the sea—all within reach on Brisbane’s islands.


Sydney Campus


Sydney, a vibrant metropolis nestled along the eastern coast of Australia, is a captivating blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty. Arriving in this bustling city, you'll find yourself immersed in a diverse tapestry of cultures, cuisines, and experiences. From the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the sun-kissed beaches of Bondi and Manly, there's no shortage of landmarks to explore and activities to indulge in. 


Sydney has many activities that cater to a diverse range of interests, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy. For those enchanted by the outdoors, the city's stunning beaches beckon with golden sands and azure waters perfect for swimming, surfing, or simply soaking up the sun. Bondi Beach, with its iconic surf culture and buzzing atmosphere, is a must-visit hotspot. Nature enthusiasts can explore the picturesque coastal walks, such as the Bondi to Coogee or Spit to Manly trails, offering breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean.


Foodies will delight in Sydney's diverse culinary landscape, spanning trendy cafes, bustling markets, and award-winning restaurants serving up a tantalizing array of cuisines. Additionally, climb the sydney harbor bridge for the best views of Sydney Harbour, take in the magic of twilight or see the city come to life as the sun rises. Or head into Taronga zoo and meet more then 4,000 native and exotic animals.

Career Support

At Leaders Institute, we’re committed to making a difference to the lives of people and broader communities. We provide a range of career solutions for students, graduates, businesses, and staff. 


If you're a currently enrolled Leaders Institute student or a recent graduate (up to 4 months of degree completion), our team offers a range of services to help you plan your career and find work. For more details, contact: studentsupport@leaders.edu.au


If you're an employer, we can assist with recruiting our students, advertising a position, or becoming a mentor. We also provide businesses with staffing solutions, as well as employment opportunities for students and graduates. For staff, we help embed employability and career advancement into professional development workshops. For more details, contact: admin@leaders.edu.au

Legal Services

International students may face a range of legal issues that are specific to their situation, including visa issues, employment law, tenancy law, and discrimination.


In Australia, legal services are offered for Leaders Institute international students in Brisbane or Sydney, including:


  • Legal Aid Queensland or Legal Aid New South Wales are government-funded support service that provides free legal advice and represents people who cannot afford a lawyer.

  • Various organisations provide free and confidential legal advice to international students, including Caxton Legal Centre in Brisbane or Redfern Legal Centre in Sydney. These services are independent of the government.

  • Australian Human Rights Commission: an independent body that investigates and resolves cases of discrimination and human rights violations. International students who face discrimination can lodge a complaint with the commission.

  • Migration Agents: if you need legal assistance with your visa application or immigration issues, engaging a registered migrant agent can be helpful. Migration agents are professionals who are registered with the Australian government and can provide advice on immigration matters.

Complaints, Grievances and Appeals

Leaders Institute is committed to providing an effective grievance and appeals process that prioritises the welfare of those involved. It is your responsibility to read and follow the procedures listed in the Complaints, Grievances and Appeals Policy. Please ensure that your grievance and/or appeals are submitted within the appropriate time limits.

Leaders Institute welcomes genuine grievances made in good faith and we are committed to providing an effective and transparent resolution process. We do not welcome vexatious complaints that are without merit, malicious, or already resolved. Deliberate misuse of the grievance and appeals process will be investigated according to the Code of Conduct Policy.


For international students where the grievance relates to them being excluded from a course due to not completing the course in the required time frame, not achieving satisfactory attendance, or not making satisfactory course progress, the student will be notified in writing that they will be reported to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs and this may result in their student visa being cancelled. The student will be informed, in writing, that they have 20 working days to access the appeals process listed in the policy.


The procedure for notification and resolution of a grievance related to sexual misconduct is outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy.

Other Useful Information

All institutions offering education services to international students in Australia must follow the ESOS Act. Institutions must also be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Registered institutions are given a CRICOS number. The CRICOS number for LI is 03732F.


Australian government legislation ensures international students receive a high-quality education. This includes the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS Act),  and National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.


Other useful information for international students can be found at the following sites:  Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, Study Australia, and Tuition Protection Services.


International students on a student visa must study in CRICOS-registered institutions and programs.


Your rights


International students in Australia have rights while they study. Under the ESOS framework, you have the right to:

  • receive current, accurate information about courses, tuition fees, study options, and other      information relevant to you;

  • sign a written agreement with your institution that outlines the services provided and fees payable, and includes information about refunds;

  • receive a refund or be placed in another course if your provider is unable to deliver the course.

You also have the right to be informed about:

  • orientation and access to support services to help you adjust to life in Australia;

  • applying for cross credit or Recognition of Prior Learning;

  • deferring, suspending, or cancelling your enrolment;

  • your provider’s requirements for satisfactory progress in the courses you study;

  • academic support in case you are not progressing as expected;

  • your provider's complaints and appeals process;

  • your provider's attendance policies.

Your responsibilities


You also have responsibilities while you study in Australia. As an international student, you must:

  • satisfy the conditions of your student visa

  • maintain Overseas Student Health Cover for the period of your stay

  • meet the terms of your written agreement with LI;

  • inform LI if you change your address;

  • maintain satisfactory course progress;

  • follow LI’s attendance policy if relevant.

Contact

If you have questions about your ESOS rights and responsibilities contact the ESOS helpline on +61 2 6240 5069


For questions about LI policies that affect you, contact the Registrar, Mrs Kasia Duch: admin@leaders.edu.au.

Accommodation and Living

 

Leaders Institute has partnered with The Australian Homestay Network as a preferred homestay provider.


The Australian Homestay Network (AHN)

AHN offers safe, affordable and comfortable accommodation for international students studying in Australia.


Welcoming hosts provide the feeling and support of home so you can settle in faster and become familiar with the Aussie culture, climate and lifestyle. Choose from a range of flexible packages inclusive of meals, utilities and internet access as well as 24/7 support, local orientation and homestay insurance.


AHN’s world-class homestay standards include a home inspection, interview and background check for hosts and a unique preference-based matching system to connect you with the best host.


Additional Links For Alternative Options Are Listed Below:

www.homestaynetwork.org

www.iglu.com.au

www.urbanest.com.au

www.atira.com

www.scape.com

www.unilodge.com.au

www.homestaynetwork.org

www.hivestudentaccommodation.com.au

www.uniresort.com.au

www.domain.com.au

www.realestate.com.au

www.flatmates.com.au

www.airbnb.com.au

www.yha.com.au

www.hostelworld.com


Cost of Living

The cost of living in Australia will vary depending on your lifestyle and personal requirements The Australian government requires student visa applicants to show they have a minimum of AUD$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs.


The average cost of a student living in Australia is around $1,800 - $3,500 a month (not including tuition fees). To help provide some insight to the living cost in Australia, here are some examples of expenses:


• Milk (1 Litre) - $2.30

• Loaf of white bread (500g) - $3.63

• Chicken fillets (1kg) - $12.85

• Average meal from McDonalds - $15.00

• One way bus fare (avg) - $4.88

• Petrol (1 Litre) - $1.95

• Mobile phone and data plan (monthly) - $45-$125

• Cinema ticket - $22

These prices are estimations only and may vary in price.


Accommodation

A student living off-campus in a private rental close to either campus and the inner city can expect to pay:


  • from $530 per week for an entire one-bedroom apartment;

  • from $330 per person, per week sharing a two-bedroom apartment;

  • from $250 per person, per week sharing a three-bedroom house or apartment.


Monthly Cost of Living

To help you estimate a monthly budget, here are some approximate costs of common expenses:


Single student

Rent - $968-$2280

Utilities (gas, electricity, water) - $170-$215

Food - $475-$1380

Mobile phone / internet - $45-$125

Public transport - $90-$120

Total -$1705-$4060

Family (two adults, one child) living off-campus*

Rent - $2640-$3000

Utilities (gas, electricity, water) - $200-$415

Food - $1300-$1600

Mobile phone / internet - $90-$320

Public transport - $270-$360

Total - $4500-$5695

*These costs assume that the dependent child is not of school age and does not factor in childcare costs. View fees for school-aged dependents.


This table should be taken as a guide only. Study Australia provides an online cost of living calculator to estimate your weekly, monthly, and yearly living costs.


Study Costs

Leaders Institute features a fully online digital library, as well as providing required readings in Moodle. However, there may be other related study costs from $500 to $1000 on average per year, depending on the course.


You will need access to a computer and the internet during your time at Leaders Institute. Although computers are available on campus, we suggest owning one if possible.


Public Transport

Leaders Institute recommends using Brisbane’s Translink public transport services to get to and from the Brisbane campus. In Sydney, New South Wales transport services can assist in getting around on public transport.


The campus is serviced by extensive public transport networks, offering congestion-free, fast and reliable transportation. For the safety and security of students, no classes or activities are scheduled on campus after 5pm.


Concessions and Student Discounts

Australian state governments provide some concessions and student discounts at participating retailers and institutions. You'll usually need to show a valid student ID card to access student discounts. This can help you minimise your expenses on some products and services, including:

  • software and technology;

  • public transport;

  • entertainment (such as cinema tickets, museums);

  • select retailers;

  • select food and drink venues;

  • select hairdressers.

The Ultimate List of 35+ Student Discounts in Australia

Other Services
 

Orientation

During your first week, there will be no scheduled classes. Instead, our Orientation program introduces you to life as a Leaders Institute student, with vital information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and experience the local environment and culture. It is designed to set you up for success with information sessions that walk you through everything you need to know about studying at Leaders Institute. There are a wide variety of topics, such as the learning management system, study skills, academic integrity, online safety, cybersecurity, important dates, timetables, ID cards, and financial obligations.


The student support team provide a tour of the campus, introduce you to key staff, and explains the information technology and services available. The campus is equipped with break-out areas, kitchens, tutorial rooms, and study spaces with computers and computer/scanners available. At LI, we believe that networking with industry experts and classmates is an integral part of your study experience. So, we provide ample opportunities for social activities, professional development workshops, and other networking events. Our tutors can answer any questions you may have about your new study journey. They will help you find your away around campus and online spaces, so you feel at home from your very first day. For more information, please contact: studentsupport@leaders.edu.au


International Students

In addition to the Orientation program for all students, there is a mandatory orientation session for international students which includes all you need to know about your visa, enrolment, studies, staying safe, and your new life in Australia. Please bring your photo ID. Morning tea, lunch, and a social event are included! For any questions regarding transition support, international orientation, visa, confirmation of enrolment, overseas student health cover, social activities, contacts for legal matters, and wellbeing, health, and safety, please contact the LI Register, Mrs Kasia Duch: admin@leaders.edu.au


Online Induction

All domestic, international, and online students, regardless of delivery mode, also need to complete the online induction, no later than two weeks after the commencement of studies. This online induction is within Moodle. For more information, please contact: studentsupport@leaders.edu.au

Student Support

Our Student Support Officers are available to provide academic advice for unit selection, how to access learning support services, queries regarding enrolment, grades, and graduation, IT assistance, and career advice. You can access on-request support services through the learning management system, via phone +61 (07) 3161 5566 or email studentsupport@leaders.edu.au


Study Skills

Leaders Institute also provides Study Skills workshops and resources on campus and online to introduce you to study, with topics such as:


  • Turnitin;

  • academic integrity;

  • utilising artificial intelligence;

  • oral presentations;

  • writing and note taking;

  • critical and creative thinking;

  • research methodologies.


Student Support Services

We also provides you with information regarding the various facilities and resources that are available to provide learning support, including English language support, a pre-pathway program, and academic support during your course. For more information, please see:



Academic Integrity and Generative AI

Over recent years, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) landscape has evolved rapidly and is continuing to do so. At Leaders Institute, we embrace the innovative and transformative potential of technology, while acknowledging that, as technology is integrated into the academic lives of both students and faculty, clear guidelines are needed for maintaining integrity in research and scholarship output. The Academic Integrity Policy outlines LI's policy for the misuse and appropriate use of AI to minimise Academic Misconduct and promote a culture of Academic Integrity.

Library services

Leaders Institute provides all students with extensive electronic resource via the LI library catalogue, including over 4000 academic journals through EBSCO and Emerald services, 75,000 videos from the Associate Press, and 5000 open access journals. The library catalogue also includes required readings (usually PDF) for all units and links to current industry and government research and information. The LI library supplies eBook access keys to all prescribed unit texts.


For more information, please see the Library Policy or contact the Librarian: librarian@leaders.edu.au

Health, Wellbeing, and Safety

Leaders Institute promotes and fosters a safe environment on campus and online for staff, students, and visitors. Health, wellbeing, and safety are primary responsibilities for both Academic Board and Executive Management Team. For more information, please see :


Beach safety


  • Always swim at beaches that have surf life saving patrols and only between the red and yellow flags;

  • Read the safety signs and understand the meaning of the flag colours which will explain the conditions of the water;

  • If you are unsure about the conditions, ask a life saver or lifeguard before entering the water;

  • If you are unsure about how confident you feel about the water, please stay in shallow water where you feel in control;

  • Swim with a friend where possible;

  • If you find yourself in trouble, stay calm and put your hand up for help.


For more information on beach safety check out Surf Life Saving Queensland.



Sun safety


  • SLIP ON PROTECTIVE CLOTHING - Slip on protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. If you’re swimming a Lycra long sleeve shirt can protect you from the sun;

  • SLOP ON SUNSCREEN - Slop on sunscreen that is SPF30 or higher. Apply to your skin at least 20 mins before leaving the house. Ensure it’s waters resistance and reapply every 2 hours;

  • SLAP ON A HAT - Slap on a hat, ideally a wide brimmed hat that covers your face, nose, neck and ears;

  • SEEK SHADE - Seek shade! This can be under a sun tent, a tree or other cover from the sun. If there is no shade, take breaks from the sun and avoid the sun during the highest UV rated times of the day;

  • SLIDE ON SUNGLASSES - Slide on some sunglasses that meet the Australian standards.


For more information on Sun safety check out Surf Life Saving Queensland.


Safety on Public Transport


Public transport can be a great way to get around in Australia. There are lots of measures in place to help keep you safe. These include security officers, guards, help points, good lighting and security cameras.


Follow the below tips to stay safe on buses, trains, ferries and trams.


  • If travelling at night, plan to travel with someone you know;

  • If travelling alone by train or tram at night, choose the carriage closest to the driver or guard;

  • Inform the driver if you’re feeling threatened by others;

  • Tell a friend your travel route and let them know when you have arrived;

  • At night, wait for transport in a well-lit area with CCTV (security) cameras;

  • Check transport timetables to avoid long waits, particularly at night.


A commitment to partnering with the Australian and state governments in the 'Stop it at the Start' initiative. LI seeks to clearly identify disrespectful attitudes and behaviours and proactively talk and teach about positive relationships. If you experience harassment, bullying, unlawful discrimination or assault (sexual or otherwise) LI recommends that you:


  • seek support from a trusted source such as a family member, counsellor, one of Leaders Institute's Student Support Officers, or an external provider;

  • seek to appropriately limit the number of people you inform so that any investigations are impartial and your own privacy is protected;

  • report the incident by making a complaint using the Sexual Misconduct Incident Form. This can be done independently, or with the help of a trusted Leaders Institute staff member;


If you are not satisfied with the way your complaint is dealt with, you can seek further advice from an outside agency such as the Human Rights Commission or the Equal Opportunity Commission (QLD, ACT, NSW, NT,  SA, TAS, VIC, WA) or other relevant government agency.


Students and staff members may choose to report the incident to the police. In the case of an emergency please dial 000 for the police, fire, or ambulance. If the situation is not an emergency please call your local police station or you can make a report in-person at your nearest station. You may wish to make a formal report or draw upon the informal or anonymous reporting options offered by the different state police forces. You can take a support person with you when making a report to the police.


Wellbeing Support


beyondblue Support Service - Support. Advice. 

Action Information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters. Phone: 1300 22 46 36

http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support


Black Dog Institute 

The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/


Blue Knot Foundation Helpline (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse) 

The Blue Knot Helpline provides information and short term counselling nationally via telephone for adults survivers of childhood trauma on 1300 657 380 and email helpline@blueknot.org.au 7 days a week 9am to 5pm AEST. 

http://www.blueknot.org.au


Carer Gateway 

Are you one of the 2.5 million Australians who care for a loved one, friend or neighbour? Find out information about the support services available to you, on the Carer Gateway. 

www.carergateway.gov.au


Gambling Helpline 

Starting to think gambling might be a problem? Find out about the signs of a problem and assess gambling issues and spending. Phone: 1800 858 858 

http://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au/


Headspace 

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.

http://www.headspace.org.au/


Kids Help Line 

Confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Phone: 1800 55 1800 

https://kidshelpline.com.au/


Lifeline 

24 hour telephone counselling service. Phone: 13 11 14

http://www.lifeline.org.au/


Mensline Australia 

A dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns. Phone: 1300 78 99 78 

http://www.mensline.org.au/


MI Networks 

Offering access to relevant, up-to-date information, peer support and connections to local community networks, Mi Networks members provide a personalised response to the needs of individuals living with mental illness, their carers, friends and family members. Phone: 1800 985 944 

https://missionsinterlink.org.au/mi-networks/


1800RESPECT 

National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling services 24-hour online support for workers and professionals. Phone: 1800 737 732

https://www.1800respect.org.au/


Open Arms  – Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS)

Open Arms provides free and confidential counselling to anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, and their families.Phone: 1800 011 046

https://www.openarms.gov.au/


PANDA - National Perinatal Depression Helpline 

PANDA’s National Perinatal Depression Helpline, funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, provides vital support, information, referral and counselling to thousands of Australian parents and their families. Callers do not need to have a diagnosis of antenatal or postnatal depression to make contact with the Helpline, PANDA is keen to support any new parent struggling during pregnancy or after the birth of their baby, as well as their partner, family and friends. Phone: 1300 726 306 from Mon – Fri, 9am – 7.30pm (AEST/AEDT). 

http://www.panda.org.au/


Parentline Parent 

Line is a telephone service for parents and carers of children 0-18 in New

South Wales. Phone: 1300 1300 52 

http://www.parentline.org.au/


ReachOut.com 

ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service. ReachOut.com is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation, an Australian non-profit with a mission to help young people lead happier lives.

http://au.reachout.com/


Relationships Australia 

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. Phone: 1300 364 277

http://www.relationships.org.au/


SANE Australia 

SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research. SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia. Phone: 1800 187 263

http://www.sane.org/index.php


The Butterfly Foundation 

Butterfly provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers. Phone: 1800 33 4673 

http://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/

RESPECT.NOW.ALWAYS

Leaders Institute has no tolerance for sexual misconduct and expectations are explained clearly during staff induction and student orientation. There are safe spaces for students to raise concerns, seek help and support, and report incidents of sexual misconduct. All individuals involved are treated fairly, impartially, and with compassion and empathy, while adhering to the principles of procedural fairness in proceedings or decisions. Immediate action is taken after receiving a sexual misconduct report to prevent its recurrence and address its effects.


In response to the Respect.Now.Always initiative begun by Universities Australia and the Change the Course Reports published by the Australian Human Rights Commission, we ensure that the Leader Institute community on campus and online is safe, inclusive, and well informed about matters of welfare.


The Institute is committed to providing a safe on-campus and online student learning environment which includes:

  • professional development for all staff on prevention of and responses to sexual misconduct;

  • central location for all information regarding sexual misconduct prevention and response in the Staff Portal and Student Portal;

  • clearly identify disrespectful attitudes and behaviours and proactively talk and teach about appropriate relationships.

If you experience sexual misconduct, Leaders Institute recommends that you:

  • seek support from a trusted source such as a family member, an external provider, or a Leaders Institute staff member, such as the Registrar, a Student Support Officer;

  • limit the number of people you inform so that investigations are impartial, and your privacy is protected;

  • complete the Sexual Misconduct Report Form independently or with the help of the Student Support Officer;

  • If you are not satisfied with the way your complaint is dealt with, you can seek further advice from an outside agency such as the Human Rights Commission or other relevant government agency;

  • students and staff members may choose to report the incident to the police. In the case of an emergency please dial 000 for the police, fire, or ambulance. If the situation is not an emergency, please call your local police station. There are anonymous reporting options also. You can take a support person with you when making a report to the police.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact: safety@leaders.edu.au


External Support Services

There are national and state based external support services, such:


The procedure for notification and resolution of a grievance related to sexual misconduct is outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy.


Overview of the SASH Reporting Process

As per the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy, this overview outlines the process for reporting and responding to SASH incidents:

Online Safety

It is important to stay safe online! Breaches of online security include, but are not limited to cyber abuse, cyberstalking, trolling, fake accounts and impersonation, online hate, oxing and swatting, image-based abuse, and sexual extortion.


Online safety training is a compulsory component of staff induction and student orientation programs at Leaders Institute. Sessions include:

  • managing security settings;

  • using software to protect private information;

  • physical actions with regards to the devises used;

  • how to report concerns to the relevant social media service or platform.

For anyone targeted by online abuse there are several ways to address the issue. Try not to respond or retaliate. People who post hurtful comments and messages online often do so just to get a reaction. Collect evidence that documents what is happening and report the abuse before you block or delete it. 


The Australian government’s eSafety has legal powers to help protect people who live in Australia from the most serious online abuse and harmful content. Make sure to collect evidence such as screenshots, web page addresses, and account profiles or usernames. Image-based abuse should be reported to eSafety Report immediately. Then block anyone abusing you. If they reappear online under a different name, block them again.


Tips to stay safe online:

  • when creating passwords, it is safest to use unique passwords;

  • never share passwords with anyone;

  • make sure you think before you click! Most cyberattacks start with an email. If students are not sure if an email is safe, then do not click on it. Clicking a dodgy or unsafe link are common ways of being hacked;

  • back up your data! This can be done by USB, external hard drives, the Cloud, and other online storage options. If you are targeted by an attack your files are at risk. Having files backed up means you will not lose important files;

  • keep your laptops, smart tablets, and smart phones updated. Many cyberattacks target old devices that do not have updated protection software;

  • be careful about Wi-Fi. LI has free safe Wi-Fi available for students. Often hackers gain access to devices through unsafe Wi-fi;

  • keep your personal information private;

  • minimise risk of inappropriate contact using student email addresses, report unauthorised communication, and block unknown email addresses;

  • be careful what you share on social media. Hackers use social media too!

Australian Emergency & External Services

In the case of an emergency please dial 000 for the police, fire, or ambulance. If the situation is not an emergency, please call your local police station or you can make a report in-person at your nearest station. You may wish to make a formal report or draw upon the informal or anonymous reporting options offered by the different state police forces. You can take a support person with you when making a report to the police.

  • Fire, Ambulance and Police Emergency – 000

  • Crime Stoppers – 1800 333 000 in Queensland; 1800 800 400 outside Queensland

  • National Security Hotline – 1800 123 400

  • Life Line 24 hour counselling, advice, and referral services – 13 11 14

  • Domestic & Family Violence Counselling Service - 1800 222 387 - 8am-8pm AEST Monday – Friday

  • Sexual Assault Counselling Australia - 1800 211 028 - 8am – 11pm AEST

  • Online counselling 

  • 1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732 - Available 24/7 Australia-wide

Events

Social activities organised throughout the semester are a great way to network with colleagues and get to know academic and administration staff. These include lunches, cultural programs, excursions, workshops with industry, and more.


Students are also invited to attend the Leaders Institute research seminars which capstone project students share their latest research on campus or online for feedback from and discussion among colleagues. Masterclasses and micro-credentials may be considered for credit and professional development. 


Students can participate in a range of intensive classes, conferences, and national events to form new networks and build relational learning experiences. Student Supports Officers help students connect with fellow students who have similar interests to balance out studies with recreation, hobbies, and sports. The Student Representative Committee also hosts events as part of student life at Leaders Institute.

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