Join a student association to embrace your leadership potential, make new friends and ensure the student voice is represented university-wide.
About our student associations
Student associations are run by students, for students. They provide services, activities and representation for all students.
There are three types of student association at ACU:
- ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA)
- ACU Postgraduate Student Association (ACUPGA)
- local campus associations.
Each of these groups has a particular role in supporting and representing our student bodies.
These groups also have one thing in common: they all rely on students getting involved and working to make the ACU experience great for everyone.
Already enrolled at ACU? Learn more about student associations on the ACU Student Portal, including campus association details, contact information, and our online membership application form.
Add your voice
Getting involved with a student association will help you develop leadership skills, build important networks and bring people together.
As a student representative, you grow skills for the future in a supportive environment. You’ll also help to ensure the student voice is heard across ACU.
ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA)
ACUNSA is the main student representative body, which represents and advocates for students.
Members of this association are its president, the six campus student association presidents, and an international student representative.
Each year, ACUNSA funds a number of Student Travel and Training Grants (STTG). These are each worth $500 and are awarded to students who are undertaking travel and/or training related to their ACU studies.
ACU Postgraduate Association (ACUPGA)
ACUPGA offers support and advocacy, networking opportunities, workshops and seminars for postgraduate students who’re completing either coursework or research degrees.
The Association was designed to meet the specific needs of postgraduate students. It’s a great way to connect with students from across all ACU campuses who are studying similar subject areas or facing familiar challenges.
Campus student associations
Each of our campuses has a local student association that is committed to enhancing your time at university. These associations organise social events, represent their student bodies at a range of forums, and work with ACU to enrich your day-to-day experience.
Campus student associations are free to join. Once you become a member, you’ll be eligible to vote in ACUNSA and campus student association elections.
You will also be able to nominate yourself to take on an office holder position at the local association level.
ASA in Ballarat
The Aquinas Student Association (ASA) is located in the Forbes Centre.
McASA in Brisbane
The McAuley Student Association (McASA) is located in the F Building.
SSA in Canberra
The Signadou Student Association (SSA) is located in the Blackfriars Ancillary Building.
SPSA in Melbourne
The St Patrick’s Student Association (SPSA) is located on the lower ground of the Mary Glowery Building.
MAKSA in North Sydney
The MacKillop Student Association (MAKSA) is located in the James Caroll Building.
MSMSA in Strathfield
The Mount St Mary Student Association (MSMA) is located in the St Edmund Building.