• Industry Consultation – English Proficiency in the Workplace

    The relationship between English language testing, proficiency levels and workplace based risk management came under the spotlight this week.  NEAS hosted a consultation forum between a number of Industry Skills Councils, the Department of Industry, traineeship providers, business and employer groups, with the objective of identifying opportunities to better protect Continue reading
  • NEAS Congratulates newly Quality Endorsed Centres

    The NEAS office has been buzzing recently with the enthusiastic stories that our staff bring back from their Quality Review visits around the country.  It is expected that over 30% of NEAS centres will have transitioned to Quality Endorsement by the end of the year and the staff are constantly Continue reading
  • NEAS Submits ESOS Feedback to Department of Education

    NEAS flagged the issue of duplication between the requirements for regulation and the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework, which poses unnecessary red-tape.  It also raised the issue that industry standards have often “grown up” in isolation without the due process of consideration from trained ELT experts. NEAS recommended that the next Continue reading
  • When is a Bench a Pathway?

    . . . when an English language student enrolled in the Adult Migrant English Program at Swinburne, Wantirna, is given a ‘taster’ into the local VET programs and the opportunity to develop both practical and English skills! NEAS Assessors Margaret Kinvig and Ana Bratkovic admired one of the practical outcomes Continue reading
  • Christine Bundesen AM accepts invitation to act at NEAS Advisory Council Convenor

    The Directors of NEAS are pleased to advise the membership, that  Christine Bundesen AM BA (The University of Queensland), MA (UManitoba), MACE, MAICD has accepted an invitation from the NEAS Board, to act as the NEAS Advisory Council Convenor. In accepting the invitation Ms Bundesen stated that she was: “deeply Continue reading
  • NEAS and OAMPS Insurance Brokers – Enjoy a Benefit of Membership

    Chief Executive of NEAS Mark Raven stated that, “high quality ELT providers are a lower risk to underwriters.  The cost effective rates provided by OAMPS to our members is the commercial evidence of that”. NEAS’ members are reporting that insurance savings achieved through the NEAS OAMPS insurance partnership are offsetting NEAS annual Continue reading
  • Final Quality Learning Series for 2014 – featuring Cath Moore

    The final QLS Professional Development session for 2014 is locked in for the 5th December.  NEAS is delighted to welcome out first guest presenter and well known industry expert Cath Moore. The topics for these sessions will include: Validation and Moderation of Assessment delivered by NEAS General Manager Ana Bratkovic Implementing Continue reading
  • Think's new Inner City Campus

    NEAS member and quality ELT provider, Think, inspires their students to live their study dreams in a new and exciting inner city campus. Think Education’s award winning new Ultimo campus was launched on November 6 as the changing face of campus design. NEAS’s Mark Raven and Ana Bratkovic were impressed Continue reading
  • Congratulations to newly Quality Endorsed Centres

    NEAS Quality Endorsement seeks input from students, teachers, marketers and administrative staff, as well as interviews with senior management and the academic manager/team. Online surveys and focus groups enable NEAS to identify strengths and areas for improvement, which are fed back to the ELT centre. We warmly congratulate Aviation Australia, Continue reading
  • International Partnership Opportunities – 2015

    NEAS is working with a number of offshore institutions and Departments of Education who are making enquiries about how to establish international partnerships with Australian English language teaching centres. If this is an area of growth that fits into your centre’s strategic plan for 2015 or indeed if you simply Continue reading
  • Brasilia Sem Fronteiras – It's a Wrap (for now)

    We would like take this opportunity to thank our members who were able to “drop everything” and submit an Expression of Interest to Brasilia Sem Fronteiras last week.  We understand that the response to the call for Expression of Interest was very strong indeed, demonstrating the capacity for quality providers Continue reading
  • AMEP works with Industry to help Language Learners

    AMEP providers throughout Australia are able to offer migrants and humanitarian entrants with practical work experience combined with English language tuition through the government funded SLPET (Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training) course.  English Language Services SA TAFE has partnered with well-known local businesses to offer their students the Continue reading
  • Congratulations IIBIT & ELSIS

    NEAS is pleased to note that our industry continues to grow, and is in the midst of a “purple patch” of growth.  We welcome IIBIT’s new centre in South Australia to the NEAS family, as well as ELSIS’ new centre in Melbourne. Well done to all on the opening of Continue reading
  • Which TESOL Qualification?

    When you’re recruiting new teachers, it can be tricky working out whether or not qualifications meet NEAS requirements, particularly given the range of qualifications in the market these days. TESOL Qualification Requirements are listed on the NEAS website. As a starting point, try to ascertain from the transcript whether the qualification includes: Continue reading
  • NEAS partners with www.SchoolsandAgents.com

    Fresh new online ELT marketing groupSchoolsandAgents.com and NEAS have entered into a partnership arrangement to support NEAS Quality Assured ELT centres around the world. This modern marketing initiative will feature NEAS News articles each month, received by almost 700 agencies throughout Europe, Asia and the America’s and over 10,000 other recipients Continue reading
  • NEAS speaks at UECA PD Fest Adelaide

    Internationalisation was the theme to Adelaide’s UECA PD Fest last week, attended by leading ELT centres from around the country. NEAS General Manager Ana Bratkovic posed the question of “Is Quality the same everywhere?”  You are able to view Ana’s presentation and notes. Ana’s paper focused on the impact of internationalisation Continue reading
  • NEAS Quality Endorsement and TEQSA

    NEAS and TEQSA are in dialogue to identify how evidence used in NEAS Quality Endorsement could be used by TEQSA as positive evidence in ELICOS regulation, and how TEQSA evidence could be used as part of a NEAS Quality Endorsement. It is anticipated that a document detailing the outcome of this Continue reading
  • NEAS announces New Quality Endorsees for October

    The Quality Assurance initiative gathers pace with over 30% of NEAS accredited centres participating in the innovative scheme to date.  Providers are reporting that the model resulted in teachers being “very motivated to address the invaluable feedback; it gave everyone a sense of ownership and voice in the ‘industry’.”  We Continue reading
  • The Link Between Quality Assurance and Commercial Return

    NEAS centres recently enjoyed a run on the inside track with Austrade, after the Brazilian government requested that only NEAS quality endorsed ELT centres be asked to receive referrals from the Brasilia sem Fronteiras programme. NEAS CEO Mark Raven stated that “this is a clear example as to how Quality Continue reading
  • Research based Innovation in Teaching and Learning

    A prime example of a quality ELT centre is the Citipointe Christian College International school. Citipointe Christian College International has been undertaking action research since 2010, investigating the use of music in the ELT classroom to accelerate language learning outcomes. The centre research team has created and trialled music-based resources Continue reading
  • NEAS Commences Provider Review

    After a number of media reports, NEAS will be accelerating the implementation of its new output based Quality Endorsement model. NEAS Chief Executive Mark Raven stated that “Recent events only underline the critical need to take Quality Assurance reviews to the frontline, where the primary stakeholders can express their satisfaction Continue reading
  • Quality Symposium – Sydney 2015

    As convenor of the 2015 Quality Symposium in Sydney in October 2014, we are delighted to be able to provide some preliminary information around outputs from this event.   Discussions focused on the identification of commonalties and differences across the various systems used in the assessment of Quality in Language Teaching Continue reading
  • NEAS and AIEC

    Last week’s AIEC Conference in Queensland provided Australia’s international education community with the ideal showcase for gazing into the future of our sector. Some inspirational presentations from international educationalists and futurists posed some fascinating insights into trends and opportunities for the new post-mining Australian economy. NEAS extends its warmest congratulations Continue reading
  • Independent Schools Queensland Legislation

    NEAS has been re-recognised by the Queensland Government in the Education (Overseas Students) Regulation 2014. The new wording in the legislation is that “for registration of a course that is an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), the course must be accredited, endorsed or otherwise recognised by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme Continue reading
  • The ALTO-Deloitte Language Travel Industry Survey

    ALTO has commissioned Deloitte Malta to produce an industry-wide benchmarking report that examines both educational agencies and language schools within the language travel industry. The benchmarking report will provide meaningful, concise and comprehensive benchmarking data for all key stakeholders of the industry including: language schools, agents, associations, lenders, investors and Continue reading
  • NEAS 2015 Conference – Calling for Expressions of Interest

    The NEAS conference is announced for the 7th & 8th May 2015 at Doltone House Darling Island, and we look forward to welcoming you there.  As well as inviting speakers that we know will inspire, engage and inform, we are also inviting expressions of interest from our members and friends Continue reading
  • NEAS welcomes Margaret Kinvig to the role of Government Relations Coordinator

    Margaret Kinvig was a presenter at the recent NEAS conference in May, and joins NEAS with post-graduate degrees and diplomas in business, auditing, training and assessment, TESOL and LLNP.  Her experience in managing teams, government funding and projects makes her an ideal candidate to take the role and the Quality Continue reading
  • Assessment of your Qualification

    Want to work at a NEAS endorsed centre but not sure if your qualifications meet NEAS teacher and AMEP teacher standard?  Why not apply to have them formally assessed by the NEAS Assessment Team?  Our team will not only assess but is also best placed to provide appropriate advice for Continue reading
  • NEAS Quality Endorsement and ASQA

    NEAS and ASQA are in dialogue to identify opportunities for ASQA to leverage NEAS Quality Endorsement for more effective regulation. It is anticipated that a document detailing the outcome of this dialogue will be distributed before the end of the year, with advice on how Quality Endorsement will contribute towards less red Continue reading
  • Quality Symposium 2014

    NEAS welcomes representatives from a range of global QA service providers in early October, to the second Quality Symposium in ELT.  Our objective is to work towards a mutual recognition agreement, enhancing teacher and student mobility and adding value across jurisdictions through the sharing of best practice.  We are delighted Continue reading
  • Congratulations – New Centre and Quality Endorsements

    Congratulations to the new ELT Centre at Canterbury College, which successfully gained NEAS membership this last month.  Canterbury College is a well-established K-Year 12 college set in beautiful bushland south of Brisbane.  The new Centre offers a unique curriculum which provides specialist language support to the school’s international students, ensuring Continue reading
  • Got a TESOL Course!

    Have you got a TESOL course that meets NEAS qualification requirements?  Why not list it on the NEAS website?  The NEAS team often channels TESOL qualification enquiries to Find A TESOL Course on the NEAS website.  If interested in listing your course please complete this application form and email to neas@neas.org.au.
  • The FELCA Review

    NEAS met with a number of key representatives from FELCA in our recent marketing trip to London.  The conversation focused heavily on how ELT centres that invest in quality for their students, must necessarily charge a higher price to cover costs. We found willing ears amongst the members of FELCA, Continue reading
  • English Australia 2014

    Marion Bagot and Ana Bratkovic presented at the recent English Australia conference titled “Walking the quality assessment path: developing assessment tasks”.  Over fifty-five attendees were introduced to a case study where NEAS worked with a member centre with teachers who rely on course books.  The case study focused on the Continue reading
  • Welcome to Melbourne City Institute of Education

    NEAS is delighted to welcome the Melbourne City Institute of Education to the NEAS membership.  As an RTO with a commitment to quality and an industry focus, MCIE has passed its baseline accreditation requirements and we look forward to the ELICOS offerings of this new centre in due course.  In Continue reading
  • Meet Mark Raven and Richard Flack with “What Makes you Famous” at AIEC 2014

    NEAS CEO Mark Raven and Navitas / Central Institute of TAFE Manager Richard Flack will be co-presenting at this years’ AIEC in Brisbane.  The session is due to be delivered on Thursday the 9th October at 10:30am and reviews the positive connection between the creation of a quality assurance process Continue reading
  • Formation of the inaugural NEAS Advisory Council

    NEAS is thrilled to announce the formation of the NEAS Advisory Council.   Comprised of industry leaders from some of Australia’s leading English Language teaching institutions, the Council will meet four to five times a year to discuss matters pertinent to the ELICOS sector in Australia, and to advise and make Continue reading
  • Congratulations Impact English College

    Impact English College has again achieved high success at the Victorian International Education Awards, where they were awarded top English Language College in the State.  This long standing member of NEAS continues to demonstrate a benchmark for quality performance.  Congratulations to Chris and the team from everyone at NEAS!
  • The GAELA Report

    The Global Alliance of English Language Associations met immediately prior to the ALPHE conference in London last month.  Over twenty associations and quality assurance organisations from both the northern and southern hemispheres’, met to discuss issues and challenges associated with the delivery of quality English language learning to students.  Common Continue reading
  • Annual General Meeting

    NEAS AGM is scheduled for the 16th October at 3:30pm.  We don’t have any major changes scheduled for this year (phew!) but would love you to join us if you have the time and the wherewithal!
  • Alphe UK Conference Wrap-up

    Over the 3-day Alphe UK Conference, NEAS staff worked hard, meeting with over 70 agents to promote NEAS quality centres with a dozen member referrals made.  Many good relationships were established and we will continue to work with agents across the world. At the gala dinner, the Study Travel Magazine Continue reading
  • Assessment Task Bank – Hints and Tips

    For people who are experiencing problems with the Assessment Task Bank, here are a few hints and tips: preferred browser is Google Chrome; if using Internet Explorer ensure that it is the most current version clear your browsing cache/history passwords can be reset from the login screen by selecting the “forgot Continue reading
  • Farewell Stefan

    NEAS would like to express our gratitude to Stefan Boffa who will be leaving after 17 years having accepted a position with the Catholic Education Office. We are delighted that Stefan is moving onto a position that speaks to his IT and industry skills, experience and insight.  At the same Continue reading
  • Vacancy in Quality Assurance

    A great opportunity to join the NEAS Team has just opened with a vacancy for a Quality Assurance Manager. There is plenty of option to travel and work with Adult Migrant English Program & International English Teachers. Check out the ELT Job Board on our website for more information.
  • Welcome Aboard

    We would like to welcome Kylee Hartman-Warren to the team. Kylee will play a vital part in developing NEAS social media channels, looking to engage ELT management, teachers, students, agents and stakeholders. Kylee is a postgraduate student and comes to NEAS with over 10 years of experience in developing social Continue reading
  • The Value of Quality

    As more and more providers’ transition to NEAS Quality Endorsement, it is becoming apparent that the anonymous survey and focus group validation process is what’s setting the new system apart from the old. NEAS General Manager Ana Bratkovic stated that she prefers working with providers through the new Quality Endorsement Continue reading
  • Quality Symposium

    A new NEAS initiative will be launched in October, with the objective of bringing together the world’s leading QA agencies in English and other Languages Teaching. NEAS will be working with representatives from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States, to draft a Mutual Recognition Continue reading
  • With thanks for Guardianship input

    NEAS would like to express its appreciation to the schools that were approached to provide input into a Working Group to help craft revised Guardianship Standards for Younger Overseas Students (under 18’s). It is great to be able to call upon our experienced providers when required to gather industry best Continue reading
  • NEAS meets with Education’s Senior Policy Advisor Don Markwell

    A recent meeting of minds in Canberra saw NEAS and the Minister for Education’s senior policy advisor, Don Markwell, exchanging views around quality in English language teaching.  It was a productive meeting and the chance to keep quality very much on the government’s agenda.
  • My Quality Endorsement underpins my Competitive Advantage

    In modern business parlance, it is often said that organisations must leverage one or more core competencies in order to operate sustainability in a particular sector. In simplistic terms, ELT providers need teachers, premises and a curriculum to deliver on a basic value proposition around helping English language learners. To Continue reading
  • Announcing 2015 NEAS Conference

    We are pleased to share that NEAS has selected its venue and dates for the 2015 conference so grab your diaries! In keeping with our quality theme, our coming event will be situated again on the waterfront of Sydney’s iconic harbour – this time at Doltone House, Pyrmont. Doltone House Continue reading
  • Positions Vacant

    If you are looking for that next step, or feel like it’s time for a change, why not check out what we have posted at our ELT Job Board page. If you wish to post a vacancy please email j.batten@neas.org.au with the following information: location company position description
  • Support "Know One Teach One"

    Who could forget Huong Dang, our inspirational closing presenter at this year’s conference.  We heard how her life was turned around through the KOTO program in Vietnam. The program seeks to give at risk and disadvantaged youth access to holistic and vocational development opportunities. KOTO are holding a fundraising dinner Continue reading
  • NEAS welcomes North Melbourne English Centre and Fusion English Brisbane!

    August has seen the approval of two new providers for NEAS accreditation.  North Melbourne English Centre and Fusion English Brisbane have successfully joined the fold after meeting comprehensive initial application requirements. NEAS Quality Assessor Jan Collins oversaw the process and praised the management of each centre for their hard work Continue reading
  • Do you know what Quality Endorsement includes?

    NEAS exists first and foremost to provide market differentiation to service providers.  The NEAS mark of quality serves to alert students, their families and agents that the ELT provider has passed a critical test to be awarded Quality Endorsement.  NEAS Quality Endorsement also comes with a number of value added Continue reading
  • Thank you to our Quality Learning Series partners

    Since January this year, NEAS has delivered 23 Quality Learning Series workshops in every Australian state with an average 25 people at each session. This message is to thank our QLS partners, who have generously donated space for these programs. We gratefully acknowledge them all – and would ask you Continue reading
  • NEAS presents at The University of Sydney to a Delegation from Henan Province China

    NEAS met with a Chinese delegation of representatives who are visiting Australia from the School of Foreign Language, Nanyang University in Henan Province. After the presentation, a discussion ensued on subject areas relating to the approach taken by providers of English language education in Australia.   Topics included quality assurance, Continue reading
  • Conference Season

    It is that time of year again, we look forward to this year’s ACPET, English Australia, TAFE Directors Australia and AIEC conferences in the coming months.
  • Statement of Intent

    With so much change afoot, the team and board of NEAS felt it critical to revisit our strategic plan, and more particularly our statements of intent.  We are proud to share the new guiding elements behind NEAS strategic and cultural approach;
  • Five ways that Quality Endorsement is different from Accreditation

    Far more than a ticket to play, Quality Endorsement comes with a number of value added features; Quality Endorsement focuses on your centres’ outcomes, not its inputs.  What this means is that NEAS is interested in the results you achieve for your students. Quality Endorsement is a supportive process that Continue reading
  • Interim Report – English Language Learning Qualifications Framework

    The first consultation forum discussing recognised qualifications in English language learning was held on the 1st August.   In conjunction with AMES, NEAS co-hosted a group discussion on the value of learning and assessment frameworks in English language learning, with a focus (amongst other rubrics) on the Australian Qualification Framework.  In Continue reading
  • Alphe UK Conference in London – NEAS’ Competition for Agents

    NEAS will be representing quality English language teaching centres at this year’s Alphe UK Conference in London 29-31 August.   Our objective will be to raise awareness amongst agents of the quality investment being made by our 200+ centres and providers, in Australia and offshore. A feature of this year’s conference Continue reading
  • Thanks to Raffles

    The Board and team at NEAS would like to extend its warmest thanks to Raffles College of Design and Commerce in North Sydney, for the use of a spectacular board room to facilitate NEAS Strategic Planning Day 2014.  Special thanks must go to Barbie Buehler who coordinated the day’s proceedings!
  • ASQA renews NEAS contract

    NEAS is delighted that ASQA has again been contracted as a specialist provider of audit services for CRICOS and ELICOS. Where ASQA is the Designated Authority under the ESOS Act, NEAS will conduct the audit/assessment against national ELICOS and/or the National Code and will formally make a recommendation to ASQA Continue reading
  • ELICOS Compliance Clarified

    We confirm that ASQA welcomes the opportunity to work with quality assurance stakeholders, such as NEAS, and recognises the role that NEAS can play with ELICOS providers as a quality assurance organisation in terms of reducing risk. Your NEAS membership is regularly reported to ASQA and is taken into consideration Continue reading
  • Congratulations to Quality Endorsed Centres

    NEAS Quality Endorsement is achieved by ELT centres that demonstrate quality in their programs, processes and premises.  NEAS quality assurance relies on input from students, teachers, marketers and administrative staff, as well as interviews with senior management and the academic manager/team.  Online surveys and focus groups enable NEAS to identify Continue reading
  • How NEAS can help your students succeed

    “In our experience institutions tend to attract the cream of the crop in terms of teaching talent and wealth of experience…” Daniel Bruce, Deputy Director, Centre for English Teaching, University of Sydney. A successful learning experience means having access to the very best teachers, facilities and curriculum in a safe Continue reading
  • English Language Qualification Consultative Committee Forum

    NEAS and AMES are hosting a forum to explore aligning English language learning courses to the Australian Qualification Framework on 1st August 2014. The forum will be attended by industry stakeholders including government, regulators, TAFE, ISCs, peak bodies, Universities, ELICOS and community based English language and literacy providers.
  • NEAS Congratulates CISA

    We would like to extend our congratulations to the CISA team for hosting a very successful conference in Adelaide.  The conference brought together international students from all over Australia and provided leadership training as well as information and support on a wide range of areas including visas, employment and welfare issues. CISA’s Continue reading
  • AMEP Update

    NEAS’ 2014-15 quality assurance round is under way, with site visits to AMEP providers in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT planned for the period to 31 December. Some 60,000 migrants and refugees in the program derive great benefit from the service delivered by providers throughout the Continue reading
  • Looking for Good Staff?

    NEAS is offering a free job listing service for ELT providers, based in Australia and abroad. If you would like to attract the very highest quality candidates to your centre, simply send us a short vacancy listing with the following details: Location:  It’s a good idea to provide as much information Continue reading
  • Talented Teachers and Tailored Curriculum Drive Quality

    Here is what our Centres believe are the vital ingredients to quality English learning courses and what the NEAS Mark of Quality means to them. “… we are able to help them improve their language and…leave us happy and ready to embark upon the next phase of their life…” Juanita DeSouza, Continue reading
  • Quality Learning Series – No Charge for Members for 2014!

    With attendances hitting an all-time high, NEAS understands that the ELT sector requires Professional Development activities for front-line staff and senior managers alike, more than ever before. In support of this need NEAS will be making the QLS a free service for members until the end of 2014. “We want Continue reading
  • Do you have a Presentation you'd like to Deliver?

    The NEAS Quality Learning Series is on the hunt for new talent.  NEAS are looking for speakers nationally, and so support your presentation with the venue, audience and marketing.  In return, you donate your time and profile to the higher cause! If you have a session you would like to Continue reading
  • Are you a High Schools ELICOS provider?

    NEAS is acutely aware that there is substantial confusion around the way that schools are managed in the ELICOS sector, and that they often feel that they have “fallen through the cracks” between state and commonwealth regulators.  In response to this frustration, NEAS is working to link state legislation with Continue reading
  • NEAS Project for July – The Institute of Education and Training in Mongolia

    The Institute of Education and Training in Mongolia have been quietly handing back to the communities that have supported them since 2011.  For the past three years, IET have delivered a series of summer camps in “literacy and numeracy”, for local families who do not have the resources to afford the mainstream Continue reading
  • Learn why so many students choose to study English in Australia

    Listen to Flevia and Phillipe’s experience as students at one of our NEAS endorsed centres. Australia has it all, beautiful beaches, lush bushlands and bustling cities.  However, it’s not just our landscapes that draw English language students to Australia. THE NEAS Mark of Quality has helped provide the very best Continue reading
  • NEAS Restructures

    NEAS’ new strategic direction supports English Language Teaching providers in their efforts to create and market their high quality English language courses to the world.  NEAS’ restructure re-focuses our skills towards ensuring the sustainability of that objective, with new roles created in local and international Marketing, Government Liaison and Quality Continue reading
  • Building a Quality Culture – Rolling Out Quality Endorsement

    The new Quality Endorsement process is well underway, with many providers already registering for their first QA review. Information workshops in Melbourne and Perth have attracted substantial interest, with sessions coming up in Brisbane (3/7), Sydney (31/7) and Cairns (4/9) in coming weeks. Keep an eye on the Quality Learning Continue reading
  • ELICOS Compliance

    Your NEAS membership puts you into a lower risk category with ASQA, who are updated regularly by NEAS on the accreditation/endorsement status of its members.  Audits against the CRICOS/National Code/ESOS Act will still be conducted by the registering bodies, but if you are approached about an ELICOS National Standards audit, Continue reading
  • Annual Fee Increment

    In line with NEAS desire to maintain accessible membership, we are limiting our FY 2015 July 1 increment to 2.6%, which is the average inflationary increase for the previous 12 months as per the Reserve Bank website.
  • AMEP – Assessment Task Bank Update – June 2014

    Farewell NWG reps The NEAS team would like to bid farewell to Elene Claire, Vicki Martin, Philip Nichols, Allison West and Ari Van Eysden who have recently left the NWG.  Their contributions have been highly valued by both their peers and the team at NEAS and we will miss their Continue reading
  • Confidently refer your students to high quality English Language Teaching in Australia

    Did you know each year over 124,000 students from 140 different countries come to Australia to learn English? We understand it is important that you can confidently refer students to the highest quality English Language Teaching (ELT) Australia has to offer. The independent NEAS Mark of Quality is here to Continue reading
  • NEAS Marketing & Alphe London 2014

    It has been almost six months since NEAS commenced its marketing campaign to present the efforts of our Quality providers to the world. Since then, NEAS has been sharing the value of Quality Assurance in ELT through audio-visual, case studies and special interest channels. Our database of 4,500 agents continues Continue reading
  • NEAS enjoys Makan-Makan Night

    Quality Assessor, Ana Bratkovic, recently enjoyed an evening with UTS’ Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association members at their bi-annual food celebration, Makan-Makan. In addition to mouth-watering, authentic Malaysian and Singaporean dishes, the evening featured traditional dancing, martial arts and live music. The evening was a great opportunity for the NEAS Continue reading
  • Quality Symposium 2014

    Can an ELT provider with centres in Malta, Australia and China, be recognised by differing Quality Agencies with cross jurisdictional responsibility?  NEAS believes they can, and in support of this notion, will be hosting a global Quality Symposium in Sydney in later 2014.  With representatives from global peak bodies, ELT Quality Continue reading
  • Quality Endorsement

    The NEAS Quality Assurance process leading to Quality Endorsement includes an Annual Return of Information and a Biennial Quality Review. The Quality Review consists of student and staff surveys a site visit Following the visit, the ELT Centre receives the collated survey results and written feedback from NEAS. This feedback Continue reading
  • Schools sector coming together

    ELT centres within schools are few and far between and usually operate in some degree of isolation. At the NEAS conference earlier this year Jan Collins invited the Academic Managers of these centres to meet informally. Nine schools were present: two from Victoria, three from NSW and four from Queensland. Continue reading
  • Presentation: Quality Assurance Framework

    Quality Assurance Framework Presentation delivered by Mark Raven
  • How will NEAS Quality Endorsement be achieved?

    NEAS Quality Endorsement is grounded in the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework.  Click here for the Quality Principles. There is a Quality Assurance Review incorporating an on-line survey and focus groups during a site visit. Prior to the site visit, the on-line surveys are completed by students and by teaching, administration and marketing Continue reading
  • Congratulations Hills International Education

    NEAS congratulates Hills International Education on gaining accreditation, last month, for a start-up ELT centre within The Hills Grammar School, in Kenthurst, NSW.  The centre will prepare high school students with the language skills required to enter the mainstream school curriculum.  Jan Collins completed the desk-audit, commenting that it was Continue reading
  • NEAS Assist

    One of NEAS’ exciting new services is NEAS Assist, a program set up to provide support to its members in every area of ELICOS, including curriculum and assessment development, CRICOS audit support and management support.  Since its commencement in November 2013, NEAS Assist has delivered the following contracts: a benchmarking Continue reading
  • TESOL course listing

    If you are offering TESOL training, have you made sure that potential students can find you on the NEAS website? NEAS receives enquiries from intending teachers both in Australia and offshore, wanting to check which TESOL courses will qualify them to teach in a NEAS endorsed ELT centre. To be listed Continue reading
  • Quality Learning Series – Update

    There has been great support of NEAS’ Quality Learning Series since its launch earlier this year.  We have sessions in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in the coming months.  The calendar of events has been revised and more sessions are in the works.  Please call NEAS for more information or Continue reading
  • 2014 NEAS Management Conference – Open Letter to Participants

    13 May 2014 An Open Letter to NEAS 2014 Conference-Goers Dear Conference-Goer, I write this letter to thank you for your participation in the 2014 NEAS Annual Management Conference, on behalf of myself, the NEAS board and team. The 2014 Conference provided the perfect opportunity for us to share a renewed optimism Continue reading
  • Senator Ryan calls for international education partnership

    The Australian Government today reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen the country’s largest services export, international education. Opening a major conference for the English language teaching sector, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, urged the sector to assist the Government in preparing a new strategy Continue reading
  • The Quality Endorsement Pilots complete

    NEAS Quality Endorsement needed a number of willing centres with a real commitment to quality to pilot the new assurance process.  The centres that enthusiastically volunteered to work with NEAS on this trial programme were; • Kaplan International Colleges • The University of Sydney; Sydney University Centre for English Teaching Continue reading
  • Premium Product Endorsement; ICTE-UQ and the Globally Renowned IDLTM

    The first Premium Product Endorsement has been achieved with ICTE-UQ to receive this award at the 2014 NEAS Conference.  The globally renowned International Diploma in Language Teaching Management was jointly designed by Cambridge English Language Assessment (UK), SIT Graduate Institute (USA), and The University of Queensland (Australia) making it a Continue reading
  • A Packed House for NEAS Quality Learning Series

    The Validation and Moderation workshops held in Melbourne were at capacity after TEQSA announced its intention to audit ELT courseware for all providers. NEAS Curriculum Development Workshops in Perth saw thoughtful and challenging questions teasing out issues involved in developing ELT Curriculum Design.   The impact of differing contexts, from large university centres to stand-alone ELICOS Continue reading
  • Conference VIP Spotlight – Senator Scott Ryan and Karen Andrews MP

    In little under a week, the 2014 NEAS Management Conference will be opened by the Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Senator Scott Ryan.  He will be joined by Karen Andrews MP who is responsible for the Commonwealth VET Reform review as part of the National Commission of Audit.
  • Congratulations and welcome!

    ELS Brisbane NEAS is delighted to share that ELS Language Centres Brisbane has just received its initial accreditation after a clean sweep assessment by NEAS Quality Assessor, Cath Moore.  Jan Collins (Quality Assessor) stated that “ELS put in a quality application and are a delight to work with, so they Continue reading
  • Australian Story

    CISA’s Story Project, “I am not Australian, but I have an Australian Story” was featured in the ABC’s #TalkAboutIt, a program presented by Del Irani last week. In this program, the documentary looks into international student life in Australia with international students, exploring the challenges that they face.  Sharon Shan Continue reading
  • Postcards from the Quality Learning Series

    Eleven people attended the NEAS Curriculum Development Workshop in Perth on 26 March. They were a great group, with thoughtful and challenging questions teasing out issues involved in developing ELT curriculum in differing contexts in large university centres and also in stand-alone ELICOS centres. The session looked at principles underpinning Continue reading
  • NEAS has moved!

    The NEAS office was relocated just over a week ago with no interruption to services.  We are retaining current phone and fax numbers and are conveniently located in the same building. Our new address is Level 2, 189 Miller Street, North Sydney. Entry is via Berry St.
  • AMEP Update

    NEAS’ 2014 quality assurance round is under way, with site visits to AMEP providers in NSW, Queensland, NT, Northern Melbourne and Distance Learning planned for the first half of the year.  Some 60,000 migrants and refugees in the program derive great benefit from the service delivered by providers throughout the Continue reading
  • AMEP – Assessment Task Bank Update – March 2014

    CSWE 2013 Alignment Project complete Following the re-accreditation of the CSWE, all existing ATB tasks were mapped against the revised framework and then audited and modified or archived. The process closely involved the National Working Group (NWG) representatives who re-wrote, piloted and validated tasks over a number of panel sittings.  Continue reading
  • Increasing NEAS Membership

    NEAS is pleased to share with members that since July 2013 an overall increase in membership has been realised through new ELT provider applications locally and offshore.   Furthermore a number of providers who had left NEAS have re-applied to become Quality Endorsed members under the new model.   The overall number Continue reading
  • 2014 2014 NEAS Management Conference

    A reminder that the 2014 NEAS Management Conference is on 8-9 May at the Sebel Pier One, The Rocks, Sydney. A large number have already taken advantage of the early bird registration rate and there are still some places available. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some interesting and inspiring Continue reading
  • NEAS International

    The ASEAN region is an exciting place to work in ELT, with dedicated centre staff and committed students achieving great results which they can be proud of.  In support of these efforts, CamTESOL Quality Forum was facilitated and sponsored by NEAS in order to highlight the quality investment made by Continue reading
  • NEAS Quality Learning Series

    A new initiative that NEAS launched this January was the Quality Learning Series.  These practical sessions have included material relevant to Curriculum Development, Preparing for a CRICOS Audit and Validation and Moderation of Assessment.  The focus on each has been to bring new and innovative material and to ensure participants leave with a practical Continue reading
  • Agents Database

    You are of Part of Something Bigger! NEAS is proud to be representing Australia’s Quality Endorsed English language teaching providers to over 4,500 agents worldwide. Our first missive (click here to view) is designed to encourage agents to conduct a search on our NEAS global website of over 225 ELT centres.
  • Quality Endorsement Pilots

    The first pilot centres to undergo Quality Endorsement are in production.  The process is being driven by student and professional feedback through focus groups and wide ranging surveys.
  • 2014 NEAS Management Conference

    This year’s program offers a diverse range of sessions across 4 streams – Innovation, Quality Assurance, The Student Experience and Teaching and Learning. Registrations now open.  Click here for program, venue information and registration. We are delighted to have the support of our sponsors, who make an important contribution to our industry.  Continue reading
  • CamTESOL

    The CamTESOL Conference is held annually in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  This year was the 10th conference and NEAS is honoured to have been a major sponsor of this wonderful event for many years.  Not only does the conference provide much needed professional development for teachers in all of Cambodia, but Continue reading
  • Presentation: Quality Culture & Steve Jobs

    Quality Culture and Steve Jobs Presentation delivered by Chief Executive Officer,  Mark Raven, in early 2014
  • 2014 NEAS Management Conference and Dinner

    This year’s program offers a diverse range of sessions across 4 streams – Innovation, Quality Assurance, The Student Experience and Teaching and Learning. Speakers for the conference include Andrew Klein of Spike Presentations, Rob Brown of Navitas, Phil Honeywood of IEAA and other experienced and innovative professionals involved in the Continue reading
  • Quality Learning Series

    Perth – 26 February – Quality Culture Perth – 27 February – Validation & Moderation Sydney – 14 March – Validation & Moderation Book now for the Perth and Sydney Quality Learning Series. Click here for a full calendar of events.
  • New Centres

    The NEAS Assessment Team has been working hard over the last couple of months on new applications and we are pleased to report that there are several new applications on their way.
  • National Working Group Workshop

    The annual Assessment Task Bank (ATB) National Working Group (NWG) workshop was held at NEAS on 13 and 14 February.  Representatives from AMEP providers in each state and territory undertook assessment validation activities with NEAS staff.  Validated assessment tasks will now be formatted and forwarded to AMEP centres for piloting. Click Continue reading
  • NEAS launches Premium Product Endorsement

    …. A new initiative from NEAS! What makes you famous?  The ELT sector in Australia is a vibrant and colourful industry, with highly differentiated providers and unique offerings for international students. To help communicate your “special something” NEAS has launched a programme in support of the Quality Assurance Framework. Your Continue reading
  • NEAS launches Premium Product Endorsement

    What makes you famous?  The ELT sector in Australia is a vibrant and colourful industry, with highly differentiated providers and unique offerings for international students. To help communicate your “special something” NEAS has launched a programme in support of the Quality Assurance Framework. Your college might be known for its Continue reading
  • NEAS 2014 Conference and Dinner

    The program for the NEAS 2014 Conference and Dinner has been released click here for more details. We are proud to be continuing our relationship with IELTS as our premium sponsor.  We also welcome ETS TOEFL who will sponsor the Conference Dinner which features the very funny Wendy Harmer. Please Continue reading
  • Congratulations

    We wish to congratulate the staff and management at both Townsville International English School and JCU Singapore for their commitment to quality.  We welcome both centres to NEAS.
  • Quality Learning Series

    In support of our industry’s commitment to quality, NEAS has launched a series of workshops and seminars to be delivered around Australia. Commencing in February 2014, these half and full-day seminars will assist education professionals in their efforts to balance regulation with creativity….click here for a full calendar of events. Continue reading
  • AMEP ATB Tasks Aligned

    Following the reaccreditation of the CSWE framework, NEAS has completed the mapping, alignment and redrafting of the assessment tasks on the AMEP Assessment Task Bank. All audio files have been recorded by professional actors in state of the art recording studios.  AMEP teachers can access the aligned assessment tasks on Continue reading
  • Launch of NEAS Assist

    NEAS is making resources available to all our Quality Endorsed stakeholders. Consultancy in curriculum, compliance, systems, process and employee development will be made available through the NEAS Assist program. NEAS Assist allows you to utilise us as your educational consultant, coach or advisor.   Please call NEAS on +61 2 9954 Continue reading
  • NEAS Launches Quality Assurance Framework

    After extensive industry consultation and input from some wonderful ELT professionals, the first of the NEAS QA Framework documents has now been published on the NEAS website.   The public document sets out the five Quality Areas. NEAS member centres will also be provided with a much larger NEAS Quality Practice Continue reading
  • NEAS launches Quality Learning Series 2014

    In support of our industry’s commitment to quality, NEAS has launched a series of workshops and seminars to be delivered around Australia.  Commencing in February 2014, these half and full-day seminars will assist education professionals in their efforts to balance regulation with creativity….click here for a full calendar of events. Session Continue reading
  • Tell us…What Quality Assurance means to you?

    Everyone has their own idea of quality assurance.  In English language teaching, quality assurance means different things to different stakeholders.      1. AGENTS Agents regard quality assurance as a marque of endorsement for the safety and reliability of the recommendations they make to students and their families.  Agents will Continue reading
  • Quality Endorsement Investment

    Dear NEAS Member, We recently wrote to highlight the coming benefits of NEAS Quality Endorsement for 2014.  These benefits include: Marketing your Quality Endorsement success to over 2000 agents globally Free and subsidised access to professional development workshops Access to NEAS Assist consulting services for your ASQA and TEQSA audits Listing on the NEAS website for the Continue reading
  • NEAS appoints Mark Raven as new CEO

    NEAS’ Board of Directors on Friday appointed education entrepreneur Mark Raven as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. The Board said that the move coincided with recent changes to sector regulation and new challenges and opportunities for NEAS. “Mr Raven has a proven track record in developing and leading organizations Continue reading
  • NEAS simplifies pricing for ELT Centres

    NEAS has decided to eliminate up to five fee items in its pricing structure, saving ELT centres accredited by the organisation hundreds of dollars per year. These savings take effect on Wednesday 12 June, 2013. The majority of ELT centres make changes to ownership, legal entity, trading name or senior Continue reading
  • NEAS welcomes Chaney Report as road-sign to developing international education sector

    NEAS welcomes the International Education Advisory Council’s recent report, Australia – Educating Globally, as a road-sign toward development of a five-year strategy for international education, one of Australia’s leading export revenue streams. The review, led by the Hon Michael Chaney AO, was initiated by the Australian Government to ensure the Continue reading
  • ALERT – Australian Government warns international students of Visa scam

    The Australian immigration department warned international students to be on alert for imposters pretending to be department officials seeking payment for alleged visa breaches. In a statement released Friday, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) scammers are targeting overseas students in Australia who have limited working rights as part Continue reading
  • NEAS welcomes Interim Chair Denise Taylor

    NEAS – Leading English language teaching accreditation and quality assurance body NEAS welcomed Independent Director Denise Taylor as Interim Chair following Emeritus Professor Millicent Poole’s retirement after four years of service. Ms. Taylor, who joined the NEAS Board in February 2012, is an experienced CEO and director with a background in quality Continue reading
  • NEAS Annual Report

    It gives us great pleasure to announce the release of NEAS’ Annual Report, which is now also available online. NEAS Chair Denise Taylor and Executive Director Anne Holmes provide a summary of 2011-12, noting that the  currency of NEAS accreditation and quality assurance remains strong in the face of challenging Continue reading
  • NEAS lauds key founders on Queen’s honour roll

    NEAS – Leading accreditation and quality assurance body NEAS praised Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients, Ms Margaret Ann Gray and Ms Christine Bundesen, following announcement of their awards for distinction in the international education sector. “NEAS is proud that such a high honour has been bestowed upon two of its most Continue reading
  • ELT providers give NEAS tick of excellence

    NEAS – ELT providers gave NEAS’ annual conference an overwhelmingly positive assessment, according to feedback forms that rated the event’s organisation, program and sessions. More than 200 ELT participants attended the two-day conference, held 10-11 May 2012 at The Sheraton on the Park in central Sydney. Almost half the number of participants Continue reading
  • Young Australian of the Year inspires at 2012 NEAS Management Conference

    Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng caused eyes to well up at the close of NEAS’ annual conference as she gave an account of her life, growing up as a poor Chinese girl from a broken home, learning English as a second language in northern Queensland. Although not from Continue reading