Inaugural Homestay Symposium in Sydney

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NEAS held its inaugural Homestay Symposium on Friday 22 March 2024 in Sydney, in partnership with industry stakeholder and practitioners. Australia has reached a historic milestone by establishing the world’s first-ever set of quality standards for homestay accommodation.

This COP is for homestay service providers, NEAS Centres, and industry stakeholders. The purpose is to support homestay service providers while fostering a secure platform for collaboration. Participants share best practices, address common issues, and engage in professional development opportunities, enhancing the overall quality of homestay experiences for international students.

This engaging in-person workshop delves into the theme: “Providing Solutions in an Accommodation Crisis.” The Symposium caters to homestay service providers, education providers, education agents, and professional staff supporting students in accommodation and welfare matters.

This event included presentations and a panel discussion session from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and a networking event from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Introductions Video

Adam Kilburn

Elijah Frost
Associate, Study NSW, Department of Enterprise, Investment
and Trade

Daniel Yuen
Operations Manager, NEAS

Event Details

Date: Friday, 22 March 2024
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Sydney)

  • 2:30pm: Registrations commence
  • 3:00 – 5:00pm: Presentations and Panel
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm: Networking drinks and refreshments

Venue: 2/63 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000

For enquiries, contact Daniel Yuen at

This initiative is supported by:

Keynote Speakers

Ms Sonia Ortega
CEO and Founder
Global Experience Australia

Ms Vanessa Collins
Professional Risks and Affinity Manager
Edgewise Insurance Brokers

Mr David Bycroft
Founder and Executive Director
Australian Homestay Network (AHN)

Expert speakers will share insights, and a panel of specialists will field an open Question and Answer session.


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