When you study at ACU, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in a community engagement activity as part of our Core Curriculum. These units give students the opportunity to volunteer in the community and work with people who experience disadvantage or marginalisation. It’s a unique and crucial part of our undergraduate courses that connect classwork to community action for an invaluable learning experience in service to the common good.

It is our mission to develop graduates who in work and in life are committed to pursuing the common good. Who courageously act on their truths as well as speak them. Who demonstrate respect for the dignity of all, and for human diversity.

Community engagement gives you the opportunity to put 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 identify their needs and provide a range of community engagement opportunities for students to get involved with. 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.

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“I was faced with challenges on a daily basis [during my community engagement placement]. I had to deal with a mix of personalities and adjust to life outside my comfort zone. This helped me improve my soft skills like teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and connecting with others. I had an insightful, real-world experience and witnessed the effects my efforts had on others in our community.”
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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.

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