Clemente aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice for people experiencing complex life challenges through access to university education.

The achievement of studying Humanities subjects at a university level for a person who has been living on the edge of society can be truly transformative. Clemente's goals are to:

  • enhance participants’ self-confidence through rigorous learning, bringing about personal change.
  • promote a positive view of the future for those who have been marginalised from society, thus enabling them to re-engage with society.
  • make university education accessible to those experiencing social exclusion.
  • use the potential of humanities education to change lives and promote social inclusion.
  • engage in genuine inter-sectoral collaboration.

The role

The Clemente Learning Partner assists a student studying one university-level humanities subject each semester. Learning Partners develop mentoring arrangements with students to assist in assignment presentation, clarification of lecture material and basic computing skills. The role includes:

  • Provide a student with support, encouragement, and study skill assistance (help with organisational skills, essay writing, internet searches, research, and library use).
  • Assist the student to develop complementary skills required by the course.
  • Pursue the above tasks in the context of a developing relationship by engendering trust and building self-esteem.
  • Compliance with organisational policies and procedures, legislation, Work Health and Safety, environment and diversity and a commitment to quality systems and continuous improvement.


  • Have computer literacy at a level to assist with internet research and formatting assignments.
  • Have general research and library skills.
  • Have good communication skills - written and verbal with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Have mentoring skills in encouraging personal development in others.
  • Possess an ability to interact and deal sensitively with students from different backgrounds who may be dealing with issues such as homelessness, drug or alcohol addiction, mental health or other disabilities.
  • Be aligned with and have empathy for people from all community sectors.
  • Have a high ethical standard, be trustworthy and maintain confidentiality.
  • Work well individually and within a team.
  • Be considerate and respectful of others and their views and adapt to changing environments.
  • Be enthusiastic and project a positive image with good attention to detail, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Display a commitment to the ACU Mission and Identity.

When and where


Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 7pm during Semester.

How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity please contact:

Samuel Zifchak
Clemente Coordinator


Ph: (03) 9953 3088

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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