AFIS is a non-profit incorporated association established to address issues particular to international students. Our primary aim is to generate multicultural awareness among students through a variety of events, and enrich their experience of living and studying in Australia.
As a multicultural organisation, we support international students from all backgrounds. In order to address the interests and needs of the international student body, AFIS regularly collaborates with governmental bodies, education providers, student societies, and community organisations.
Bridging the gap between international and local students from all backgrounds
Providing an avenue for international students to express their ideas and concerns
Acting as a source of information for students in need
AFIS is an award-winning organisation that was established in 2002 by a group of enthusiastic domestic and international students. It was created out of a desire to provide the international student community with access to funds and grants, that was previously difficult for international students.
"These students do not receive direct benefits or support from the Australian government because they are not Aussies, yet they live and consume here. They're not familiar with the Australian culture, yet they are not given government support or looked after properly – hence the problems they have, which may cause the student environment to deteriorate. This is why we need AFIS – to assist students in finding a group to which they belong, allowing them to be part of the community."
– Henry Chiang, AFIS Founding President
During our early years, AFIS advised university clubs and societies on international student issues and worked with them to provide assistance where necessary. In 2004, we developed a multimedia programme, which provided a platform for international students to express their views through various art form. This flagship programme of ours was a resounding success, as many student participants were attracted to volunteer with us from then on.
The number of international students in Australia has increased exponentially since 2005. In order to meet the growing demand for more direct student services, AFIS established its Executive Office in 2007 with the funding support from OSHC WorldCare. That same year, AFIS instituted new committees in other states including New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.
Today, AFIS continues to support and grow with the international student community, adapting to meet new needs in an ever-changing environment.