This website is an archive and is no longer active. For more information about SVA activities in 2020 head to the University of Adelaide’s Student Partnerships webpage.


Upcoming Events

Student Voice Australia Symposium

Friday October 11

9.00am – 4pm @ the University of Technology Sydney

The SVA Symposium invites students and staff together to showcase the achievements of the SVA Pilot and share good practice in student engagement from across our Australian institutions.

Further information and registration details available here

Staff Practitioner Network

The cross-institutional Practitioner Network (Community of Practice) is primarily for staff who are interested in developing a partnership approach to working with students within their institution, particularly in governance and decision making processes. The network is designed to share good practice, discuss national issues, and provide collegial support and guidance.

Upcoming Meetings:

Meeting 5 – Thursday October 24

2-3pm (AEDT)

Online via Zoom

Implementing and reviewing Students as Partners Governance Structure.

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has implemented a multi-campus, whole of institution Student Governance structure underpinned by a Students as Partners ethos, augmented to incorporate an employability framework. Our key aims are to work in authentic partnership across USC to improve the student experience, amplify student voices in governance, enable the development of key employability skills and enhance students’ capacity to translate their learning into future career pathways.

Guest Presenter: Donna Thompson (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Register: to join the network please email:


Previous Meetings:

Meeting 4 – Wednesday August 27

1-2pm (AEST)

Online via Zoom

Theme: What does student partnership look like in your institution? How does student representation fit within a framework of partnership?


Meeting 3 – Tuesday June 11

Theme: Changing staff perceptions of student representation at the University of Queensland

As part of UQ’s Student-Staff Partnerships (SSP) initiative (formalised in mid-2018), our overall aim is to improve the quality and effectiveness of student representation throughout the University. In addition to working with the students in these roles, to achieve this also means a significant shift in the way that some academic and professional staff members think about “representation” and their roles in assisting students in these spaces. This presentation will discuss some of the ways that the SSP team are trying to implement this cultural change and the challenges that still exist.

Guest Presenter: James Forde, Student Partners Coordinator (Representation & Voice), University of Queensland


Meeting 2  – Thursday May 2

Theme: Engaging online/off campus students in shaping the quality of learning and teaching and the student experience.

Guest Presenter: Erika Cross, Charles Sturt University


Meeting 1 – Wednesday March 20

Theme: ‘Partnering with student organisations to achieve successful representation and engagement’.

Guest Presenter: Emily De Rango, Graduate Student Association, University of Melbourne

Previous Events

Student Voice Summit

Tuesday May 21

9.45am – 4pm @ the University of Technology Sydney

The Student Voice Summit brings together student representatives and leaders from institutions across Australia to further develop good practice around effective student representation and leadership and unpack the benefits, challenges and opportunities for students working in partnership with institutions to enhance the student experience.

Further information and details here.