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2020 Special Notice

Oz Homestay is continuing to provide support and training during the COVID-19 outbreak. ​We are working to ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality care and relevant information to our students and homestay families, our staff and partner institutions. As of 1st October 2020 we have adopted the following approaches:

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Host Availability and Emergency Contact Protocol

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We are continuing to have record breaking numbers of students requiring homestay. Students are also coming to Australia younger and younger. Education institutions are also accepting students more often throughout the year. All of these reasons combined mean that we are constantly looking out for who has rooms available. Please keep this in mind and do let us know when your rooms become available. Even if we don’t have a student straight away, we will add your name to the availability list and be in touch with you as soon as we do. The particularly high demand areas are those with convenient transport to UNSW, City, Strathfield, Kogarah, Beverly Hills, Chatswood, Parramatta and Cabramatta

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The Dangers of Gossip

Homestay is in some ways a unique type of organisation, in that we are a business, but we are dealing with situations that involve the personal lives of both host families and students. Therefore, it is important that situations which may arise are dealt with in professional and discrete ways. However, sometimes that can be difficult for all parties involved. Something you may think is an interesting story to pass along, may actually be quite damaging to another person. This is particularly the case where we often have “networks” of family and friends who all host students. Word can travel extremely fast.

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Work Permission for High School Students

Work Permission for High School Students
There seems to be an increasing concern from hosts, and also schools, that many students are working, often for ‘cash jobs.’ The students therefore are working illegally and could face the possibility of having their visas cancelled if caught by the Department of Home Affairs.

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HOMESTAY HOST INSURANCE

Oz Homestay requires all Hosts to provide proof that you have home contents and public liability insurance to cover students residing in your home. For Homestay insurance we suggest you contact HomestayHost Insurance-Plus. The policy provides protection should you become legally liable to pay as a result of a claim or legal proceeding against you from your Student for Personal Injury or Property Damage. The annual premium for this is only $125 per year (as of November 2018) for $20M liability. You can also take out an optional student personal effects / personal liability cover for $50. It even covers key and lock replacement as well as accidental damages by student up to $5000. This insurance can be purchased directly on their website by following this link www.homestayhostinsuranceplus.com. You will need to provide Homestay Provider Number NSW08. If you already have a Certificate of Currency from Homestay Insurance Plus, please send it through to us as this is acceptable. Disclaimer of Endorsement Reference to any products, services, advice, hypertext link to the third parties or other information by trade name, trademark, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by Oz Homestay. Nor is endorsement of us implied by such links. They are for convenience only, as a reference for Hosts.