When you study at ACU, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a community engagement activity as part of our Core Curriculum. It’s a unique and crucial part of our undergraduate courses that connects classwork to community action for an invaluable learning experience in service to the common good.

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. 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.

As part of this mission, we have embedded a community engagement placement opportunity into our Core Curriculum. These units give students the opportunity to work in the community and engage with people who experience disadvantage or marginalisation, putting classroom learning into practice in the real world for an authentic insight into yourself and your career path. You will develop your compassion, empathy and understanding of the diverse communities we live in, gain real-world experience and transferable skills, learn to think critically and reflectively, and consider ethical perspectives and alternative viewpoints in your decision making, all whilst contributing to social justice and the common good. 


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ACU Engagement work with our community partners to provide a range of community engagement opportunities. Browse our listing to find one that’s right for you – whether it’s tutoring, developing a strategic plan or serving meals.

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Find answers to your frequently asked questions, read ACU's community engagement policies and procedures, learn about your pre-requisite requirements and get the most out of your community engagement experience.

What’s the difference between community engagement and volunteering?

All community engagement is volunteering, however not all volunteering is community engagement.

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. Examples include:

  • Providing support and mentoring to children from low socio-economic or disadvantaged background.
  • Preparing and serving meals at a community kitchen.
  • Spending time with elderly residents of an aged care facility to support their social and emotional wellbeing.

Learn more about how we define community engagement

Volunteering is unpaid work, where you share your skills and time to help others in the community. Volunteers Australia defines volunteering as time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain. It is a form of civic participation which enriches the wellbeing of the overall community and the lives of the volunteers participating. Volunteering opportunities are varied and can involve community engagement.

Learn more and find volunteer opportunities on the student portal

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