Homestay Policy

AHN Homestay Policy

Congratulations on choosing to participate in a Homestay organised by the Australian Homestay Network (AHN). This Homestay Policy sets out the guidelines and expectations for behaviour that apply to Guests and Hosts participating in a Homestay, and it should be read together with the AHN Host Agreement and AHN Guest Agreement, as applicable.

All capitalised terms have the same meaning as defined in the Agreements, and the terms of the Agreements will apply to the extent of any inconsistency with this Policy. 

Please read through this Policy carefully and contact us at/on info@homestaynetwork.org if you have any questions. 

AHN’s Role

1. AHN will take reasonable steps to assist Hosts and Guests in the event of an emergency or other issue, and will answer any questions you have about AHN’s Services.  Guests and Hosts have access to 24/7 support through AHN’s after hours’ emergency line – 1300 MYSTAY (1300 697 829)

2. In keeping with the provisions of the Agreements, AHN is committed to creating positive outcomes for all Homestay participants and may act to remove a Guest from a Homestay or take any other action it deems to be in the best interests of the Guest, Host, or AHN at any time. If emergency accommodation is required AHN will make every attempt to assist, where the Guest is Under 18 AHN will engage with the education provider to reach a suitable outcome.

3. For more information about AHN Services (including payment or insurance) please see your Guest or Host Agreement (as applicable), visit our website, or contact us. For more information on AHN’s Refund Policy, please visit this link https://au.homestaynetwork.org/policies/ahnref01

MUTUAL OBLIGATIONS 

Both Hosts and Guests must:

1. Treat each other and every other person in the Home in a fair, respectful, and polite manner. This means being considerate of other peoples’ feelings and needs, and includes things like not touching any person or their personal property without their permission, keeping your environment clean and tidy, and saying thank you to someone who does something for you. 

2. Understand that your customs or beliefs may be different to those of your Host or Guest. Have an open mind – one of the most important benefits of a Homestay is ‘cultural exchange’ – the chance to learn about someone else’s experiences and values. All participants need to be treated with respect, including when carrying out reasonable cultural or religious practices in the Home. Discrimination of any kind is not acceptable.

3. Work together to make the Homestay a success. It is very important that both Guests and Hosts make an effort to communicate clearly and effectively about important matters, and cooperate to resolve and misunderstandings or issues that might arise. It takes contribution from both sides to create a comfortable and enjoyable environment within the Home. Make sure that you provide your Guest or Host with current contact details and any other important information about you that they should know – and be careful not to share any information you receive with anyone else without the Guest or Hosts’ permission.

GUEST OBLIGATIONS

As an AHN Homestay Guest you must:

1. Cover certain costs. You should ask your Hosts’ permission before using their telephone or internet services. You may be asked to pay up to $12.50 per week for internet usage or arrange your own. You will also be expected to cover your own travel, entertainment, and medical expenses as well as any other personal costs that come up during your Homestay. If you cause any damage to the Home, you will be expected to pay for repairs.

2. Comply with any reasonable ‘house rules’ the Host gives you. These may include:

(a) keeping your room tidy;

(b) assisting with minor chores;

(c) using resources such as water and electricity responsibly; 

(d) keeping noise to a minimum; 

(e) attending meal times promptly; and

(f) being polite and considerate at all times.

3. Pay your Homestay Fees by the due date. AHN will send you an invoice at regular intervals to continue in homestay. It is important that your fees are kept up to date and paid by the due date so that there are no delays with paying your host. Fees are reviewed annually and published on the AHN website. Guests who are in a current placement will be notified of fee increases effective to them. 

4. Be sensible and safe. This means immediately contacting AHN or your Host if you have concerns regarding your health or welfare. Store valuables such as money, passport airline tickets and other important items in a safe place. Always ask your Host’s permission before inviting any other person to the Host’s home for any period of time. 

(a) If you are over the age of 18 you must ask your Host before bringing alcohol into the Home or smoking when you’re near the Home. Smoking is never allowed inside the Home. 

(b) If you are under the age of 18 you must 

1.b.1. return to the Home by the curfew set by your education provider and notified to you by AHN or your Host. Written notification from your education provider must be provided to AHN if you have been granted special permission to be late or sleep overnight somewhere else. 

1.b.2. not smoke or consume any alcohol or illicit substance at any time or place during your Homestay.    

1.b.3. travel to homestay by airport pick up where the education provider deems it mandatory.  The cost will be included on your first invoice and APU booking details will be provided on your placement report. If you wish to travel with a relative or an adult this must be approved by your education provider prior to travel. 

5. Stay in contact. Log in to your AHN user profile to check any alerts and answer any messages as soon as possible. AHN reserves the right to remove any defamatory or personal information you post in relation to the Homestay. You must also communicate daily with your Host about your activities and notify your Host if you will be away from the Home during a mealtime or overnight. Contact AHN immediately if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in your homestay environment.

(a) If you are under the age of 18 you must carry a mobile phone and make your Host aware of where you will be at all times. 

(b) If you are over the age of 18 you must tell your Host if you plan to go on a holiday during your Homestay and comply with the AHN room holding policy.

HOST OBLIGATIONS

As an AHN Homestay Host you must:

1. Make yourself and your Home available to your Guest. You must be a permanent resident of the Home and be available to the Guest on a reasonably frequent basis. You must specifically be present at the Home when the Guest first arrives or arrange for a trusted friend or family member with a current police-check (or WWCC if the guest is Under 18) to be present. The Guest should have internal access to the Home at all times, meaning you must provide a key, security code or other means of entry in case you are not present Home at any time. Your Guest should also be able to contact you within reasonable hours. You must notify AHN if you are hosting more than 2 guests at any one time. 

2. Help your Guest settle into a comfortable and safe Home. This means providing a structurally sound, clean, private, single occupancy bedroom accessible from within the Home, with a secure door, and which is comfortably cool/warm depending on the season. The Guest must have a suitable bed, sheets, desk, desk chair, lamp and proper hanging space with drawers. The guest must have access to laundry facilities and lockable bathroom and toilet facilities. Make your Guest aware of the layout of the Home, any instructions (for household appliances or amenities such as a pool) and clearly expain your household rules. Your home must be fitted with working smoke detectors and comply with all local council regulations. 

3. Provide healthy food for your Guest. This means preparing adequate healthy meals in accordance with the agreed meal plan detailed in the placement report, with at least one meal per day consisting of meat/other protein, vegetables and rice/noodles. Ensure you have adequate grocery items for any meals (breakfast or lunch) that your student may be required to prepare themselves and take the time to show them what to do.

4. Help your Guest to access or organise important services. This means showing your Guest how to use your telephone and internet services, or helping them to sign up to short-term services in their own name. You should also help your Guest to open an Australian bank account or set up online banking if necessary.  

5. Show your Guest around the community. Help your Guest to understand the route to and from the education provider. If this involves public transport, show them how to buy transport tickets. Make your Guest aware of places of interest within the community, such as shops and parks, and important services such as banks, post offices and local police stations including emergency contact number 000. 

6. Include your Guest in normal activities and help them to learn. Your Guest’s privacy is important but you should make a genuine effort to involve them in your Home and community. Be flexible, sensitive and patient when communicating with your guest, and use clear, understandable English.  

7. Assist your Guest to seek medical or dental attention as necessary. If your guest is sick you must assist them with seeking medical treatment, including arranging appointments and transportation if required. You must notify the education provider of the dates and times of any leave required to attend appointments, and assist your Guest to get a proper medical certificate. If necessary, call 000 for urgent medical attention.

8. Maintain valid clearances and notify AHN of any changes to residents. Hosts must list all residents in their profile and immediately notify AHN of any changes. All Hosts and permanent residents over the age of 18 must have a valid police clearance (to host Over 18's) or Working with Children Check (to host Under 18's). Details of State and/or Territory requirements are available at this link: https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/pre-employment-screening-working-children-checks-and-police-checks/part-overview

Hosts must notify AHN, in advance, of any overnight visitors so that appropriate action can be taken. 

9. Understand the extra responsibilities of hosting Guests under the age of 18. This means:

(a) only hosting other Guests, or students of any institution, that are the same gender as your Guest;

(b) enforcing the curfew set by AHN or the education provider and notified to you by AHN. You must notify AHN immediately if there is a breach of curfew. 

(c) notifying the education provider if your Guest will be absent for the day and notifying AHN if you believe there has been excessive non-attendance at the education provider;

(d) keep AHN, education provider and guardian informed of any issues or concerns relating to the Guest

(e) never leaving your Guest alone at Home overnight or without an approved adult who has a current Working with Children check and always provide AHN with at least 2 weeks’ notice if you will be going on holidays without your student so that a suitable temporary homestay can be arranged 

(f) never allow the Guest to sleep at another location overnight or go on a holiday without obtaining the permission of the Education Provider and notifying AHN.

(g) immediately notify AHN of any incident or allegation of child abuse including:

(i) any act committed against a child involving-

i. a sexual offence; or

ii. an offence under section 49B (2) of the Crimes Act 1958 (grooming); and

(ii) the infliction, on a child, of – 

i. physical violence; or

ii. serious emotional or psychological harm; and

(iii) serious neglect of a child.  

10. Help AHN make the Homestay as enjoyable as possible. This means regularly logging into your AHN user profile and responding to messages as soon as possible. You must update AHN immediately with any changes to your Home, your capacity to provide a safe and supportive environment for your Guest, or any concerns you have about your Guest. You may be required to assist AHN in reminding your Guest to make payments to AHN at the time and by the method set out in their AHN Guest Agreement. With the exception of internet fees, AHN does not permit hosts to collect funds directly from the student. If a host should enter into a private arrangement with a student, they will be permanently archived.

 

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