At ACU we value community engagement as a key means of advancing our mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. It is integral to our teaching, learning and research.
ACU defines ‘community engagement’ as activities that build capacity and affirm human dignity through sustainable and reciprocal collaborations with communities who experience disadvantage or marginalisation.
ACU has a nationwide network of over 35,000 people that could bring capacity to your organisation. We invite community organisations supporting those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to consider a partnership with us.
We support, encourage, facilitate, promote and champion community engagement at ACU. Meet the team, find out how to contact us, and learn more about our mission to provide meaningful engagement opportunities.
At ACU we’re committed to ensuring that all students and staff have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, and that meets community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful.
Get the most out of your community engagement experience by being prepared. Find answers to your frequently asked questions, read ACU's policies and procedures and learn about your pre-requisite requirements.
Community giving is more than charity. It allows us to contribute to the common good through building ongoing relationships with external organisations that work with those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation. Browse giving opportunities and see what's needed in your community.
The Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU) provides scholarly expertise and research assistance to organisations working in areas that are central to ACU’s Mission and ethos as a Catholic university. Through the facilitation of community-initiated research projects, we can help inform, shape, evaluate and develop your programs and services.
At ACU, we're proud to support and host Clemente Australia. This program aims to empower Australians experiencing challenging life circumstances and to break cycles of poverty, inequality and injustice.
Clemente Australia is an academically approved university course for Australians who would otherwise be excluded from tertiary education opportunities.