Our History

Boarding Australia’s history dates back to 1993 when the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) suggested that an association should be formed that would provide ongoing support and training for staff in boarding facilities throughout Australia.

A National Hostels Working Party (NHWP) was established to identify the issues relating to training provisions for staff working in boarding. As a result, the National Association for Rural Student Accommodation (NARSA) was officially launched on 13 July 1995, at a hostels training forum held in Hay, NSW. We were renamed Boarding Australia in 2011, to better reflect the breadth of our membership base across Australia.


Our Past Projects

Boarding Australia has a proud history of delivering advice, undertaking research and reviews, mentoring and developing training resources. Examples of our past projects include:

  • Advice for new boarding services – design, human and financial resource planning;
  • Review of boarding operations – practical advice to improve services;
  • Development of boarding Standards and service guidelines;
  • Policy templates, forms and fact sheets;
  • Advice and submissions to government inquiries and reviews;
  • Data collection, research and best practice reviews;
  • Mentoring, recruitment and professional development services.

To find out more about these services or to discuss a potential project that Boarding Australia may assist with, contact us. Many results and products that are developed during projects will be available on the resources page.

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