Be a leader, both on campus and in the wider community. When you study with us, you’ll have the opportunity to develop leadership skills that you’ll be using long after you graduate.

Great leaders make more great leaders

Opportunities to learn certainly aren’t confined to the classroom. Throughout your degree, we’ll help you to develop the leadership skills that will make you a vital member of the broader community.

There are many ways you can grow as a leader. Here you’ll learn about three:

  • our Leading with Impact Program
  • our student associations
  • the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Learn to lead with impact

When you study with us, you’ll be encouraged to participate in our Leading with Impact Program.

This program is developed in line with our mission, and aims to develop leaders who think strategically and are empathetic and adaptable.

We ask students to complete a series of activities designed to develop particular leadership skills. These activities are split up into five categories:

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart.

Activities include taking part in the National Debating Competition, welcoming international students at Sydney Airport, and volunteering for Orientation.

Once you complete an activity from each category, you’ll move on to the next level of activities, from bronze to silver and then to gold. All students who complete a level are recognised with the ACU Leadership Program Certificate.

Email our student success team about this program

Join a student association

Put your hand up to get involved with one of our student associations, either on your local campus or at the national level.

Student associations are run by students, for students. They provide services, activities and representation on academic affairs, and are a direct way for you to represent and support your peers.

Find out more about our student associations

Information for current ACU students (Student Portal login required)

Unlock international opportunities

Golden Key is an international collegiate honour society that invites high-achieving students to join an international network of students and graduates dedicated to the advancement of academics, leadership and service.

If you become a member, you’ll be able to apply for a range of scholarships, benefit from the society’s partnerships with major international corporations, or explore graduate programs.

Learn more about the Golden Key


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