Definition of Community Engagement

Community engagement is the process through which Australian Catholic University (ACU) brings the capabilities of its staff and students to work collaboratively with community groups and organisations to achieve mutually agreed goals that build capacity, improve wellbeing, and produce just and sustainable outcomes in the interests of people, communities, and the University.

The University values community engagement as:

  • a key means of advancing its Mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities, specially those most marginalised or disadvantaged;
  • integral to its teaching, learning and research; and
  • affirming relationships that depend on trust and genuine partnerships with community organisations, institutions and corporations.