Repository of effective practice

There is a growing body of Australian-based research, publications, presentations, case studies and other resources focusing on low SES students at university. Awareness of resources aimed specifically at supporting low SES students in higher education is variable, access to them is limited and they are currently not available from one central repository that is easily found by busy practitioners, teachers and leaders.

This project involves the selection and collation of high quality resources available to the higher education sector in Australia that are related to teaching and supporting low SES students. Centralising these materials will enable all stakeholders interested in teaching and supporting low SES students to readily access resources that have been vetted and selected by an expert team. Stakeholders will be able to select resources and materials that are relevant for their context and to develop curriculum and other resources based on existing materials of the highest quality. As new research is conducted and new resources created, the repository will be easily updatable and will therefore be a sustainable resource for the Australian higher education sector.

Practitioners and policy makers successfully engaged in curricular and/or co-curricular initiatives, programs and leadership arrangements that contribute to the effective engagement and learning of students from LSES backgrounds have documented their work to share with the sector.

The project team understand that while it is necessary to define students from low SES backgrounds at a policy level and for measuring performance and allocating funds, it is very difficult, and potentially undesirable, to target students from low SES backgrounds individually for teaching and learning or support purposes. We also recognise that good practice in teaching and supporting LSES students benefits all students, so responses to questions about initiatives recorded here were not necessarily restricted to experience with any particular student cohort.

Those who chose to share details of their work gave informed consent and completed a template designed to summarise key details of initiatives. These details are available via the table below. Click on the hyperlinks to find an outline of each initiative as well as contact details for further information.

If you would like to contribute materials or resources for the repository or project, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.


The “Ask JAN” Project

Deakin University Policy/Curriculum/Program
COMPASS Program University of Sydney Curriculum

CSU Equity Scholarship

Charles Sturt University Program

Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practice (CDIP) Toolkit

Flinders University Policy/Curriculum/Program

Curriculum Development to support widening participation

University of Sydney      Curriculum/Other
Embedding Legal Academic Skills Victoria University Curriculum/Program
Embedding PASS Facilitators Program University of Western Sydney Curriculum/Program
Financial Assistance Scheme University of Western Sydney Policy/Program

First Year Advisor Program

Murdoch University Policy/Program/Other

First Year Theory Units 

University of Tasmania Curriculum
FYSCO - Partnering with academics to support commencing students University of Western Sydney Program

JumpSTART Program

Curtin University Program

KickSTART Program

Curtin University Program

Mainstreaming Academic Skills Development

Victoria University Curriculum
MATES@UWS University of Western Sydney Program
Mature Age Student Starting-out and Introduction to e-Learning Workshops University of Western Sydney Program

Peer Assisted Tutorials

Victoria University Curriculum/Program

Postgraduate Meeting Place

University of Queensland Program/Other

Study Link Program

Charles Sturt University Curriculum/Program/Other

Student Mentor Program (SMP)

Charles Sturt University Program

Succeed@Deakin Program

Deakin University Policy/Curriculum/Program

Team Teaching Literacy and Learning Skills in HE

Victoria University Curriculum/Program

Transitions Project

University of Queensland Program/Other
Transition Success Project University of Western Sydney Program


Victoria University Curriculum/Program

UniPASS Program

Curtin University Program

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Support Bursary

Deakin University Policy

Work Placement Program

Deakin University Program

The Writing Space

Victoria University Program