Ardoch is a children's education charity focused on improving educational outcomes for children and young people in communities facing disadvantage.

ACU staff can volunteer with multiple Ardoch programs including:

Numeracy Buddies - A group volunteering opportunity, Numeracy Buddies matches students with workplace volunteers so that they can work together to solve maths problems through an online blog. The Buddies blog every few weeks and meet once at the students' school and once at the Big Buddies' workplace.

Learning Through Lunch - A unique hospitality industry visit where students attend a fine dining lunch at a TAFE or hospitality training venue. Students are seated with a workplace volunteer during the lunch who encourages them to talk over the meal about paid employment and further education.

Mock Interviews - The Mock Interviews program is an opportunity for school students to connect with working adult volunteers, helping students to practice and build interview techniques which are crucial to securing employment. Volunteers will conduct 15-minute interviews with students.

When and where

Ardoch run various programs at different times and locations throughout the year. Please follow ACU Engagement Workplace page for updates on latest opportunities.



Group size

Once-off volunteering: Individual

Numeracy Buddies Program: 5-10


If you are participating in this opportunity under community engagement time release, then you are covered by ACU's insurances. If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of ACU, then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity, please email ACU Engagement:

This opportunity qualifies for community engagement time release (CETR)

As an ACU staff member, you can apply for up to five days each year to participate in approved community engagement activities that contribute to the common good, address social justice issues in the community, and help those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.

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This policy has been developed to support staff to participate in community engagement activities and outlines time release arrangements during normal working hours.

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