From the moment you accept your offer to study at ACU until you walk off campus as a graduate, we have specific programs and targeted, ongoing support to ease your transition from military service to study.

Transition program

The Veteran Transition Program (VTP) is a unique program for commencing student veterans. Through workshops, lectures, tutorials and sessions focusing on reflective thought and critical thinking, the program equips you with key academic skills and gives you a better understanding of what to expect during your first year of higher education.

The program is student-centred and aims to:

  • familiarise you with the ACU environment and foster a sense of support from academic staff, our services and your peer network
  • provide knowledge of basic academic techniques, with an opportunity for practical application
  • generate a sense of belonging through campus culture and the support of your greater peer networks.

The VTP aims to provide a ‘low-risk, low-stress’ setting to acclimatise you to university and help you develop an understanding of what is expected throughout your study. As recognition of your participation and effort, you’ll have the option to have the program credited towards your degree. The program will be recognised as one of the Core Curriculum units and reduce your overall study load moving forward.

Explore the Veteran Transition Program

Soldiers' five to study

A 'soldiers' five' is a commonly used Army phrase to describe a brief with five key points or of five minutes' duration. The Student Veteran Services team has used this as a basis for the Soldiers' five to study: tips for soldiers from soldiers.

The guide offers informal advice from student veterans who have transitioned to study and is informed by research. Our student veterans identified five tips that they think cover the most valuable information commencing veterans should know.

ACU has made this resource available to all our veteran students and external organisations to help support veterans transitioning into university.

Read the Soldiers' five to study

Academic skills

The Academic Skills Unit is a team of educational experts on each campus who can work with you throughout your degree to develop the skills required to get the most out of your learning experience. Advisors can help you develop study skills, academic writing skills, academic referencing skills, maths and numeracy skills, and exam skills.

Learn more about the Academic Skills Unit


Access a world of resources, both on-campus and off. Make use of the quiet study spaces, explore and utilise an extensive list of online journals and databases or ask a question of our helpful librarians.

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Our Counselling team provides free, confidential appointments with experienced psychologists and social workers either in person or online.

They also run workshops throughout the year to help you manage your life, work and study.

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If you have a disability or a health condition our Disability team can work with you to ensure you have reasonable adjustments (such as extensions or alternative exam arrangements), access to the right support services and physical access.

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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is here to support you, connect you to the community, offer meaningful ways to explore life’s big questions, and provide you with unique opportunities to make a difference in the world.

Meet the Campus Ministry team

Careers development

Get a head start planning for your future. The Careers and Employability team can work with you to tailor your resume to make the most of your military service and your degree. Access online career advice, attend workshops and employer events, and take part in workshops.

Start planning your future

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