At ACU, we understand that University studies can be challenging for everyone, particularly for students on the autism spectrum. Enrolment, orientation, lectures, tutorials, assignments, exams, navigating campus, making friends….To support our students who have autism we have implemented the ACU (Uni)Life-Hacker program.

The program offers these students:

  • A (Uni)Life-Hacker Mentor - A student peer who has been studying at ACU for a while and can assist with understanding assignments, interacting with teaching staff, finding their way around campus etc.
  • Social Activities - Regular social events, such as board game nights
  • Resources - Campus maps, a website with links to study resources, information about the university and a place to ask questions, access to books and other resources on succeeding at university as a student on the spectrum.

The role

This is a 70 hour placement over 12 months (but 100 hour placements can be accommodated if needed). Students must commit to the program for a minimum of 12 months, even if this exceeds your community engagement placement requirements.

The position requires you to:

  • Meet and communicate with your mentee on a regular basis
  • Respect the professional boundaries between you and your mentee and maintain privacy and confidentiality
  • Support your mentee with their short-, medium- and long-term goals:
    • Get to know the strengths, goals and successful strategies of your mentee
    • Work toward the long-term goal of helping your mentee gain as much confidence, independence and self-advocacy as possible in preparation for a more successful adult life
    • Encourage your mentee to indicate what difficulties (social, academic, etc.) they may be experiencing with university life
    • Assist your mentee with planning and time management tasks
    • Ensure your mentee is regularly using the appropriate university communication channels and online learning platforms
    • Support your mentee to seek out on-campus social groups based on their interests
    • Encourage and support your mentee to prepare their resume and seek out suitable work experience/work preferably in their respective fields of study
  • Provide guidance consistent with the defined role of a specialist student mentor
    • Encourage your mentee to make contact with appropriate staff and services on campus to meet their needs; give advice and guidance to your mentee about how to handle these difficulties or where to gain appropriate support/advice from within the university
  • Provide feedback about the program for evaluation purposes
  • Attend scheduled meetings with the coordinator for support, training and guidance
  • Complete and send a Review, Reflection Report every fortnight to the Program Coordinator that includes meeting times, issues arising, strengths observed, referrals


A (Uni)Life-Hacker mentor will be a student from ACU who:

  • is familiar with the university systems and processes for students
  • has skills in organising and managing their own studies
  • has good communication skills
  • has a caring and supportive approach
  • is motivated to help their mentee achieve success
  • holds a Working with Children Check

When and where

Melbourne and Ballarat Campus

Semester One and Two 

Applications are currently closed

Shortlisted students will be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

In the 'Message' section of your application please note:

  • Why you would like to participate in the program.

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.

What you need to know

What is community engagement? Why do we do it and how do you get started? ACU Engagement answer your frequently asked questions and help you get the most out of your community engagement experience.


Policy and procedure

ACU's policies and procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read these policies prior to commencement.

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Before you begin

Before you undertake your community engagement experience there are often a number of pre-requisites that need to be completed. Make sure you are ready to go with our handy checklist.

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