Government & Industry with Students Panel

Dr Christie White

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.

Louise Peters

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.

Bijay Sapkota

President, Council of International Students Australia (CISA)

Mr. Bijay Sapkota is the National President of Council of International Students Australia(CISA).
CISA is the peak representative body for International students studying in Australia. He is studying Bachelors of Civil Engineering (Honors) at UTS. Bijay is also the member of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Council.
By virtue of Bijay’s engagement in youth affairs (humanitarian and multicultural) in Nepal and Australia, Bijay was awarded with NSW International Student of the Year 2016 (co-winner). He was also awarded with Youth Inspiration Award 2017 by Hon. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, former President of Nepal in the Youth SAARC Regional Conference held in Kathmandu.
Sophie Johnston

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Brett Galt-Smith

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 Friedgut

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!


The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the role of support services in post secondary education.

For more information, please visit ANZSSA website by


ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education.

For more information, please visit the ISANA website at

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