Government & Industry with Students Panel
Dr Christie White is the Director of Student Services and Social Justice at the University of Southern Queensland. Christie’s role is focused on achieving strategic outcomes for the University, enabling students from diverse backgrounds to not only access and participate in higher education but succeed as well. In addition, she oversees a range of support services including counselling, health and health promotion, disability support, career development, welfare support, multi-faith, and scholarships. Christie is also the Vice-President (Australia) for ANZSSA working in partnership with the Vice-President (New Zealand) to support ANZSSA’s objectives.
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is an independent statutory office responsible for promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and ensuring compliance with Australia’s workplace laws. The FWO’s free services for employees and employers in Australian workplaces provide people with reliable and timely information about fair work practices, rights and obligations. It also works with stakeholders to build strong and effective relationships and promote compliant workplaces.
The FWO has implemented an International Student Engagement Strategy which aims to increase compliance in Australian workplaces employing international students. The FWO is raising international students’ awareness of the FWO and workplace rights, and building and maintaining productive relationships and active partnerships with key stakeholders.
Louise Peters is the Director of Community Engagement in the FWO’s Strategic Engagement and Stakeholder Relations Branch. She leads a team working to educate and engage with the international student community and deliver outcomes under the International Student Engagement Strategy which is a key priority for the FWO.
President, Council of International Students Australia (CISA)
Brett is Director of ESOS Policy and Legislation in International Education Group at the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Brett’s team work on issues including the National Code, the ELICOS Standards, TPS policy, and student worker exploitation. In the Australia Government he has previously managed child care compliance, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, international and Commonwealth/state relations in social policy, and the repatriation of Indigenous remains from overseas institutions.
Vivi Freidgut is a former private banker who established Blackbullion as an independent financial education company with one goal – to help young people become money smarter and take control of their finances. Blackbullion is providing financial skills to over 450,000 students across 25 universities in the UK and Australia.
Vivi holds an Economics degree from The University of New South Wales in Sydney. Today she is a proud Londoner, but still misses the weather, the beaches and the coffee in her native Australia!