About Student Voice Australia

Student Voice Australia (SVA) is a national network of institutions, staff and students, committed to facilitating authentic student engagement through partnership in institutional decision-making and governance for learning, teaching and the student experience. Following a successful pilot led by Professor Sally Varnham in 2019 and further embedding of practices in 2020 SVA continues to develop and sustain a culture of student partnership in governance nationally.

SVA works in three key areas:

  • Building a culture of authentic student engagement within institutions
  • Building the capacity of student representatives and of staff working with student representatives
  • Learning from each other at a national level and through engagement with similar international initiatives and networks

Plans for 2021

Building on the successes of the pilot and experiences of 2020 to focus on work in the three key areas:

Building a culture of authentic student engagement within institutions

Guidelines, training materials and expert advice to support institutions at all stages of maturity with building, developing or strengthening their partnership approaches and student voice in governance.

Building the capacity of student representatives and of staff working with student representatives

Training materials for student representatives and staff, licensed for adaptation and re-use to suit local contexts.

Learning from each other at a national and international level

  • Launch of a new (online) Student Network to connect student representatives with each other for capacity building, peer learning and support
  • Expansion of the successful (online) SVA Practitioner Network to include staff and student representatives
  • Student Voice Australia 2nd National Symposium (online)
  • Expanded web resources including information on relevant international initiatives, exemplars and network connections