As part of the wider portfolio of Students Learning and Teaching, the Office of Student Success (OSS) provides students with support services to promote student engagement in university life; to provide opportunities for the development of student leadership; and to provide opportunities for students to develop graduate attributes making them career ready professionals. The Office of Student Success is also responsible for the support of the Student Associations including ACUNSA.
The Director, Office of Student Success manages and leads the professional support services for students which are delivered across the University. These services aim to provide every student with opportunities to assist them with achieving their academic and personal goals.
Student support is available through the following service areas:
Academic Skills Unit (ASU) works to develop students' skills and strategies for successful university study.
Skills and strategies taught include: transition to tertiary study, managing time, numeracy, academic reading, referencing, note taking and academic writing.
For students, there are online as well as face-to-face workshops, consultations, drop-ins and Ask an Adviser email service. There is also a range of online and print resources including ACU Study Guide: Skills for Success.
For staff, Academic Skills Advisers can assist in the development of integrated academic skills support into teaching programs, as well as provide activities, materials and resources to support student learning.
For further information about ASU and their services, visit the Student Portal.
Career Development Service delivers a comprehensive range of engaging and specialised career services to current students and graduates.
For staff, the Career Development Service works in collaboration with academics in the design, facilitation and assessment of career development learning both in and adjunct to the curriculum including:
Development of content, activities and resources tailored to a student cohort needs;
Faculty specific events and employer engagement; and
Information about the latest industry employment data and labour market projections; and support with professional experience programs (WIL).
ACU CareerHub, an online portal which provides students with opportunities for employment, community engagement, work experience, volunteer and internships. CareerHub also enables students to make an appointment, access our online service and stay informed of opportunities for professional development.
Student Jobs on Campus (SJC) connects students who are looking for casual and short term employment opportunities with ACU employers. The SJC program offers students an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience, develop graduate attributes, engage with the university community while at the same time as earning an income. ACU staff can also hire casual staff using the SJC Solutions Database.
Counselling and Disability Services provides free and confidential counselling and disability support to ensure students can participate fully in university life. The unit offers a range of programs and workshops to help students overcome the challenges of personal and situational issues that impact on their university experience.
All ACU counsellors are experienced and trained psychologists or social workers. They assist students via one-to-one counselling, psychoeducational groups and the provision of relevant resources and referral. The counsellors also offer Mental Health First Aid which educates and raises awareness about mental health and empowers people to respond appropriately. A number of early intervention stress management programs are offered on each campus and a range of workshops are offered on the campuses to encourage proactive health management.
The Disability Advisors work with students with ongoing or temporary disabilities, including health conditions, which impact their studies. Disability Advisors, based upon treating professionals’ assessment and recommendations develop an individual plan (called an Education Inclusion Plan) for students to manage their studies.
Appointments with a counsellor or a disability advisor can be booked online through the Student Portal.
The Student Enrichment Unit seeks to develop a rich, enjoyable and diverse campus culture that engages students, staff and the wider community in a vibrant and dynamic campus life, initiatives include:
Student Development which focused on developing leadership skills for clubs and societies executives through leadership events, programs and workshops, providing coaching and guidance, and support for student associations, clubs, societies (as well as for all students at ACU). Learn more about ACUNSA and Student Associations, clubs and societies.
Student EnrichmentPrograms comprise of co-curricular activities, events and competitions across the University. Students have the opportunity to develop holistically with programs such as the student choirs, guitar lessons, foreign language classes, cultural celebrations, creative and performing arts programs and various other events.
Student Advocacy Service provides students with confidential support, information and referral on matters related to ACU’s academic and procedural rules and regulations. The Student Advocacy Service empowers students to navigate the University policies and procedures, creating a culture of student advocacy where the dignity and respect of all parties is maintained.
Membership of the Golden Key International Society which provides students with leadership competencies and skills that contribute to their development as active and global citizens.
Development of students from the Early Achievers’ Program through a series of leadership opportunities to keep students engaged in the service of others.
Part of the Student Enrichment Unit, the Student Advocacy Service provides students with confidential support, information and referral on matters related to ACU’s academic and procedural rules and regulations. The Student Advocacy Service empowers students to navigate the University policies and procedures, creating a culture of student advocacy where the dignity and respect of all parties is maintained.
The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free, voluntary, academic support program that provides weekly small group peer-led study sessions to specific first-year units to which PASS is attached and is highly recommended to all students wishing to improve their academic performance.