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Queensland Student Advisory Panel (QSAP)

Queensland Student Advisory Panel


Study Queensland is responsible for the implementation of the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016- 2026 (IET Strategy) and the Queensland Student Advisory Panel (QSAP) forms part of the overall governance of the IET Strategy.. 


The QSAP is comprised of students representing different nationalities, gender, levels of study, and regions of Queensland to harness the diversity of the Queensland’s student voice. The panel works closely with Queensland’s Regional Community of Practice to advise Study Queensland on the needs of students and provide advice on policy and programs relating to international education and training.


The QSAP will:

  • provide advice to Study Queensland on policy and programs relating to international student experience in Queensland;
  • act as a means of consultation with students on new initiatives, student experience programs and how best to implement them;
  • report on emerging trends and issues from across the regions that impact students;
  • work in tandem with state-wide student hubs and regional clusters to promote access and engagement by international students;
  • partner in designing the Queensland International Student Leaders Forum and other Study Queensland led events; and
  • Contribute to the development of Study Queensland’s Student Support Framework and other specific projects and programs as required.

Become a QSAP Member


Membership will be determined through a nomination process managed by Study Queensland. The nomination process will be based on each applicant’s ability to:

  • Advocate for international student issues 
  • Engage with the international student community and stakeholders 
  • Present innovative solutions to current student issues at a state and regional level 
  • Act as a student leader on behalf of their student communities 


Eligibility requirements for QSAP: 


To be eligible to be part of the QSAP, students must:

  • Be 18 years old or over 
  • Be an international or domestic student studying in a CRICOS registered course in Queensland at the time of application. 
  • Have spent at least a term or a semester in respective region or sector in Queensland 
  • Be residing in Queensland for the duration of 2020

This year, Study Queensland will be expanding its domestic student involvement to three positions for domestic students.In addition to the criteria above, domestic students must also: 

  • have worked directly with international students within their institution; OR
  • have been on an exchange, short course or international experience program facilitated by their institution


This year’s panel will also include a representative from Australia’s indigenous community. An additional panel placement will also be considered if a member of Australia’s indigenous community who is passionate about issues facing the international student community would like to be involved.

Nominations for QSAP 2020 are now open from 30 January 2020 and will close 5pm AEST 9 March 2020. Download the QSAP 2020 Terms of Reference and Guidelines here.

Meet the 2019 Queensland Student Advisory Panel

Carolina Merino Wells

Carolina moved from Chile to Queensland and is studying a Teaching English Speakers of Other Language course with the Cairns College of English and Business.

Carolina Merino Wells Cairns College of English and Business

Fares Saleem

Fares is from India and is studying a Masters in Information Technology at James Cook University in Townsville.

Fares Saleem James Cook University

Jean Degollacion

Jean is from the Philippines, currently studying a Master of International Business at the University of Sunshine Coast.

Jean Degollacion University of the Sunshine Coast

Jermaine Rusike

Jermaine is from Zimbabwe and is studying a Bachelor of Laws at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Jermaine Rusike Griffith University

Napoleon Vera

Napoleon is from Venezuela, studying a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Southern Queensland.

Napoleon Vera University of Southern Queensland

Prince (Long) Lo

Prince is a student from Hong Kong, currently studying a Master of Social Work Studies at The University of Queensland

Prince (Long) Lo The University of Queensland

Stephanie Casas

Having previously completed an AB Consular of Diplomatic Affairs at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Stephanie moved from the Philippines to Brisbane and is currently studying a Master of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane.

Stephanie Casas Australian Catholic University

Talina Bayeleva

Talina is a student from Kazakhstan, studying a Master of Philosophy in Neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute, through The University of Queensland. Talina has previously completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Griffith University.

Talina Bayeleva The University of Queensland

Yanish Veerasawmy

Born and raised in Mauritius, Yanish is currently studying an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering at TAFE Queensland in Brisbane.

Yanish Veerasawmy TAFE Queensland

Ziming Ye

Ziming is from China and is currently studying a PhD of Mining at The University of Queensland.

Ziming Ye The University of Queensland