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Welcome to the second half of the year! With South Australia going into lockdown last week, we've all had to make some quick changes, and we thank all of you for your patience and understanding while we adapt. Please continue to regularly check your student email or the webpage for further updates. If you’re finding it challenging, we are here for you - supports available to all students are listed below under "Student Life".
Supporting our students during the COVID-19 pandemic
Access our student support services
Are you prepared for the Australian Census date?
Rate your UniSA experience for the chance to win $1000
Join our online mystery event and go in the draw to win a $100 voucher!
Join us for Clubs Fest Online!
The Great Book Sale – support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Attend our online academic skills workshops
Step this way for everything you need to know about the Library
Helpful tips if you are wrapping up your accommodation
Mindfulness Practice Sessions are back!
Looking to gain international industry experience and course credit?
The Student Leadership Scholarship is now open!
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Supporting our students during the COVID-19 pandemic
While these uncertain times are challenging for everyone, we recognise that many students have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 disruptions, including financially. A range of financial supports are available, so check out the information below to see if there’s an option that suits your circumstances.

The SA Government provided $3M for UniSA students as part of the International Student Support Package (ISSP), demonstrating its continuing commitment to our international student community during the pandemic. Over $2M from this fund has already been provided to eligible onshore UniSA international students, and applications are now open for a third round of this funding. More information, including how to apply, is available on the ISSP webpage.

If you are an international or domestic onshore student and are experiencing financial distress, emergency food and financial support are available through USASA, including financial counselling and referral to extreme hardship funding.
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Access our student support services
In response to COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia, our student support services are currently available online until further notice.

• If you need help with managing personal issues, you can speak to a Counsellor (onshore students only).
• If you need help with your studies, you can speak to a Learning Adviser.
• If you need help with managing your finances, you can speak to a USASA Financial Counsellor.
• If you need help with medical-related issues, you can contact the UniSA Health Medical Clinic or your local GP. They may be able to offer face-to-face appointments.
• If you are an international student, you can contact an International Student Adviser.
• If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you can contact Wirringka Student Services.
• If you need support for a disability, impairment or chronic health condition, you can contact the Access and Inclusion Services.
• If you are seeking career guidance and career job search support, book an appointment with the Career Team.
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You already know about UniSA's census dates, but are you prepared for the Australian Census?
As you know, at UniSA we have census dates for each study period and these are important for your enrolment and fees. But did you know that the Australian Government also conducts a census every five years?

On the evening of 10 August 2021, everyone who resides in Australia, including citizens, residents, international students and visitors are required to complete the ‘Census Form’ either on paper or online.

Why do I need to do the Census?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) counts every person and home in Australia to gather data about the economic, social and cultural makeup of the country. This comprehensive data helps governments, businesses and not for profit organisations across the country make informed decisions about transport, schools, healthcare, roads, and buildings. Find out more here.

Key Dates:
Early August 2021:
Households will start receiving their Census instructions.
10 August 2021: Fill in your form on Census night.
After Census night: Households who have not responded will receive reminder letters.
Late August 2021: Field staff will start visiting households that have not responded.
June 2022 onwards: The Census data will start being released.
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Rate your UniSA experience for the chance to win $1000
The Student Experience Survey (SES) is administered by the Social Research Centre (SRC) and runs in August each year. The survey gives you the opportunity to express your views on your student experience at UniSA in the first and final years of your program. Your feedback will provide valuable insights and contribute directly to the experience of current and future students.

Completing the survey will also put you in a weekly draw for the chance to win a $1000 prepaid Visa gift card. Invitations are sent from the QILT team to eligible students, so please keep an eye on your inbox.

The survey launch begins on 27 July and will close on 23 August 2021, 11.59pm AEDT. T&Cs apply, visit the webpage for more details.
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Join our online mystery event and go in the draw to win a $100 voucher!
Heard of the Get Wanderlost events through our UniSA socials? UniSA students have been taken on some exciting mystery adventures including a dolphin cruise, safari park, strawberry picking, megaclimb and jump, and much more!

We’ve had such a great uptake, so we are launching our first ever online mystery event! Get the chance to mingle with fellow UniSA students and be surprised in our online Get Wanderlost edition!

Tickets are only $5, and if you attend, you’ll go in the draw to win a voucher worth $100 AUD.
Thursday 29 July
4.30pm – 6.15pm
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Join us for Clubs Fest Online!
Clubs Fest is coming to USASA online spaces from Sunday 1 until Sunday 15 August! It's the perfect opportunity for you to explore extra-curricular life at UniSA. Joining a club is a great way to make friends, stay active, gain experiences, and have an all-around great time at Uni! Make sure you check out the Clubs Fest page for the full online schedule. You can join a USASA club here or join a UniSA Sport club here.
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The Great Book Sale – support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
The Magill Campus Library and Wirringka Student Services will be holding the ‘Great Book Sale’ open to all University staff and students, along with the general public. This fantastic cause will aim to help the Indigenous Literacy Foundation raise $350,000 to purchase 35,000 books to be distributed to Aboriginal children in regional and remote communities.
Monday 9 August
10.00am – 4.00pm
Magill Campus Cafeteria, Building A, Level 1
If you would like to donate your book:
We require donations of books both fiction and non-fiction. For example, recipe books, children’s books, novels and biographies. Please drop your pre-loved book of into any campus library return chute (labelled ‘For Book Sale’ or call staff from a ‘Service Point’ phone in the library for collection by Friday 6 August.

If you would like to donate to the book sale:
Donations can also be made on the day via QR code or through the UniSA fundraising dashboard on the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s website below. Donations over $2.00 AUD are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your consideration and your kind donations.
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Attend our online academic skills workshops
Need help with assignments or referencing? Attend our FREE online academic skills workshops designed to help you succeed in your studies.

They offer help with:
• Understanding assignments: 5 August and 30 September
• Writing assignments: 12 August and 7 October
• Basics of Harvard referencing: 19 August and 21 October
• Paraphrasing and integrating sources: 29 July, 26 August and 21 October

All workshops will be held from 12.00pm - 1.00pm, find the full schedule here.
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Step this way for everything you need to know about the Library
As a UniSA student, you have full access all our library services, resources and spaces. This video covers everything you’ll need to get started. Learn how to access a vast collection of resources and get information anytime, anywhere, on any device.

We’ll be taking over UniversitySA Instagram account every Wednesday from weeks 1-6 to answer all your library questions. A UniSA Librarian will be available from 2.00pm –4.00pm to provide expert advice on our services and resources. If you can’t make it or need help anytime, contact our Ask the Library service or visit the website for more information.
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Helpful tips if you are wrapping up your accommodation
If you are finishing up your study and planning to move out of your accommodation, here are some tips that will ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible.
Prepare for your exit inspection
Clean your residence thoroughly and leave it in the condition you found it, otherwise you may lose part or all of your bond for cleaning fees and repairs.
Disconnect all utilities
If you're staying in a rental property, disconnect utilities such as electricity, gas, water, phone and internet or forward them to your new address. You don't need to worry about this if you're staying in a shared or student accommodation.
Update your UniSA Student Portal details
Remember to update your contact details on your UniSA student portal on your my Personal Details page.
Claim your bond refund
Once the exit inspection has been completed and you have agreed on the amount of bond money to be refunded, claim your bond refund as soon as possible after vacating the property.
Stay in short stay accommodation
If you require temporary accommodation, UniSA Student Accommodation by Urbanest is offering affordable Short Stays accommodation.

If you find yourself in difficult circumstances with accommodation, remember, you chat to one of the Accommodation Service team members for support and advice.
Other useful links: Consumer and Business Services, Emergency Accommodation and USASA Financial Counselling.
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Mindfulness Practice Sessions are back!
Come along to one (or more) of our Mindfulness Practice Sessions and experience different activities each week. Find yourself in the present moment through breathing practices, awareness meditations and attention-focusing activities. The sessions will be held every Tuesday, starting 3 August from 3.00pm – 4.00pm at Magill campus (Samsung SMART School, Room 1), dependent on COVID restrictions.

Learn how to:

· Manage your thoughts, feelings and study habits
· Reduce study stress and the pressures of daily life
· Improve your focus and concentration
· Feel happier and more in control

Interested in mindfulness but unable to attend? Access our mindfulness resources to help you practice mindfulness from home.
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Looking to gain international industry experience and course credit?
The benefits of studying overseas aren’t tied to getting on a plane. It’s about a mindset – and closed borders don't have to mean closed minds! The Global Citizen program is a fun new way to develop your international perspective and cultural intelligence, and demonstrate these skills to potential employers. Plus earn a ‘Leading Across Cultures’ micro-credential and other UniSA benefits!

The program combines an online cultural intelligence module with a virtual international experience, where you’ll get the opportunity to work on a Global Social Impact Project in Nepal, India, Vietnam or Thailand, a ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals Placement’ in Fiji, or undertake an internship with a company in Indonesia!

Government funding of up to $1700 per student is available to cover all program costs (the program is free for eligible students). You can find out more about these incredible experience options, along with information on eligibility, funding and applications on the website; register for one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more.

If you are a UniSA Online student, you may want to also consider the UniSA Online Sustainable Development Goals Virtual Study Tour.

What are you waiting for, stand out from the crowd!
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The Student Leadership Scholarship is now open!
The Student Leadership Scholarship is available to students interested in using their talents and passion for enhancing the overall student experience at UniSA.

The scholarship recipient will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with the Student Life team to provide innovative and meaningful experiences for students at UniSA. The recipient will also be given the chance to participate in activities that focus on developing leadership and employability skills, while also contributing to UniSA’s mission to provide an outstanding student experience.

Applications are open now until August!
Welcome Back BBQ (Mt Gambier)
Tue 10 August
Join your fellow students for a welcome back BBQ. Watch for flyers around the Campus next week with details.
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