The SVA Good Practice Guidelines (GPG’s) are intended to provide inspiration and guidance for students, academics, professional staff and managers in their work towards embedding student partnership as ‘a way of doing things’ within their institution. They have been developed by Student Voice Australia in collaboration with staff and students from SVA partner institutions.
There are currently three Good Practice Guidelines developed around the themes of:
- Student Partnership Agreements;
- Building structures to support effective student voice and;
- Developing training for student representatives.
The GPG’s aim to assist institutions to develop the structures and processes necessary to embed student partnership as fundamental to institutional functions at all levels. They are underpinned by the understanding that for student leadership and student representation to collaborate with the institution authentically and productively, all interactions should be open and informed, respectful, positive and transparent.
SVA has also created the STEPUP Principles Mapping Tool aimed at supporting institutions to develop a broad approach to student engagement across the institution. Further information about the creation of the STEPUP Principles can be found here.
The institutions which make up the Australian tertiary education sector are hugely varied and diverse. The SVA recognise the importance for each institution to develop its own structures to enable student engagement which is fully representative in light of the diversity of its student body and its particular nature.