Clemente Australia

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.

What is Clemente Australia?

Clemente Australia is an academically approved university course for Australians who would otherwise be excluded from tertiary education opportunities. Classes are small and held in community locations or on campus.

How Clemente works

ACU and Clemente Australia

Australian Catholic University (ACU) works in partnership with education, community, business and Church organisations, governments and volunteers to deliver Clemente in locations across Australia.

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"If the multigenerational poor are to make the leap out of poverty, it will require a new kind of thinking — reflection. … And that is a beginning. … The study of the humanities is in itself a redistribution of wealth. ... People who know the Humanities become good citizens, become active, not acted upon."
Earl Shorris
Clemente founder, 1997

Who are Clemente students?

Clemente students are Australians who are experiencing multiple challenges in their lives. ACU, partner organisations and volunteer learning partners support students every step of the way.

Become a Clemente student

What do Clemente students study?

Students study first-year Humanities subjects selected from history, philosophy, sociology, literature and art. 

On completion of four Clemente subjects, students graduate with an ACU Certificate in Liberal Studies. These units can be credited towards an ACU undergraduate degree when students continue their studies. 

Hear what people are saying about Clemente and what it means to them.

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About Clemente Australia

Discover more about Clemente’s origins and operations.

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Research and scholarship

Research confirms the impact and benefits of Clemente. 

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Volunteer with Clemente

Become a public champion, advocate or become a learning partner.

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