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Developing Adaptive Graphics – Call for Participants

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Developing Adaptive Graphics (SVG) for Disabled Users

Monash Researchers are looking for people who are colour blind, have low vision, have a motor impairment or dyslexia to use a new indoor floor plan navigation tool.

The aim of the study is to understand the user experience in exploring adaptive floor plans that gets adapted to fit users’ particular vision or reading difficulties.

If you participate in the study, questions will be asked to understand your prior experience with floor plans.

You will be introduced to the adaptive floor plan via a website and will be asked to explore 2 floor plans.

You’ll be asked to perform some general way finding tasks and will obtain your feedback on overall user experience.

  • The user studies will take 30‐45 minutes.

Due to COVID‐19 pandemic, this study will be done through the Zoom video conferencing platform.

If you contact us, you will be sent the Explanatory Statement and the Consent Form in an email to provide you all the details about the project and your involvement.

If you are comfortable  with  your  participation,  please reply  to  our  email  by  stating  that  you  consent  to participate in this research project, and return the filled Consent form either electronically or by mail.

For more information, and to request to participate in this research, please contact:

  • Dr. Anuradha Madugalla, Faculty of Information
  • Email:

Qualtrics Survey Update

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Study Stress Survey Reminder

This is a reminder for students that have already accessed the Qualtrics survey about study stress, perceived support and support seeking intentions using the following link: , but have left the survey incomplete.

Examples of Incomplete Responses

  • Survey responses that have only indicated gender and disability category, but have not provided responses on the study stress scale or support scales.
  • Forgetting to complete an entire set of questions on either the study stress or support scales
  • Missing some of the questions on either the study stress or support scales.
  • If you have forgotten to complete the survey, we ask that you re-access the above link to either complete your previous survey attempt or complete a new attempt if the survey link has not saved your progress.

Please remember that your decision to re-access the survey is completely voluntary. Therefore, it is not necessary that you go back and complete the survey if you do not wish to.

  • If you know that you have completed all questions on the survey already, please do not access the survey link again. 

If you are a DSS student reading this and have not yet accessed the above link at all, you are welcome to access the Qualtrics survey link to complete the survey questions if you wish to participate.

Thank you for your participation.

MSA Volunteering – Get Involved!

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

MSA Volunteering: 60 + Volunteer Programs & Activities to Choose From!

Volunteer opportunities can assist you with professional and personal development while having fun, meeting new people and having some time away from your studies.

Free Art Classes, Drawing Sessions & Workshops

From sketching, painting, and jewellery making, to photoshop classes, we will have one that suits your passion. Graffiti Workshops are also available this semester.

MSA Chats

Do you have questions, but don’t know who to ask?

Hosted by trained MSA Student Volunteers, MSA Chats provides students with the opportunity to meet new people and to talk in a safe environment.

Ask questions directly, or let us know anonymously.

MSA Chats is here to connect new and returning students and help them find their feet at University.

Free Language Classes

Learn a language for free with us!

There are 12 languages to choose from!

Classes run from Semester 2 Week 2-10.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced classes are available.

Languages include:

  • Auslan
  • Arabic,
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • and Vietnamese

Register Now -Limited class numbers apply!

MSA Tax Help

Is it your first time completing a tax return?

Need a bit of help and don’t know where to start?

Our ATO-trained Tax Helpers can help you complete your tax return.

Appointments are available from the 25th of July to the 31st of October.

MSA Walking Group

MSA Volunteering is providing a unique service where student volunteers host weekly walking groups throughout each semester.

All walking groups run during daylight and follow the same walking route each week.

MSA Wellness Challenge

The MSA Wellness Challenge is a 14-day exercise that cultivates healthy and positive lifestyle behaviours, such as working out, eating healthy, and taking time for your mental health.

Each participant will select 1 Daily challenge, and one Major challenge, to complete within the 2 weeks.

Study Stress and Support Seeking – Final Reminder

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
This is a FINAL reminder to students to invite you to participate in the Qualtrics survey on study stress and support seeking.

Here is the Qualtrics Survey Link:

Also re-attached is the flyer.

THANK YOU for your participation!

Vision Australia 2023 Bursary

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

Vision Australia 2023 Bursary Applications Now Open

Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies.

Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.

  • For more information and details on how to apply, please visit:
  • Applications close strictly on 30 September 2022

If you have any queries or would like to speak with our bursary co-ordinator, please feel free to make direct contact:

  • Joy King – Bursary Co-ordinator
  • Ph:  03 8378 1220

PACE Mentoring Update 2022

Friday, June 17th, 2022

PACE Mentoring: Announcing Participating Organisations!

AND welcomes AmazonJewish Care Australia, and Geoscience to participate in PACE for the first time.

Mentors from the following organisations will be participating in PACE Spring 2022:

  • Amazon
  • ANZ Bank
  • ASIC
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
  • George Weston Foods (Mauri)
  • Geoscience Australia
  • IBM
  • Jewish Care Australia
  • Medibank
  • Optus
  • VIC Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

This Spring, we welcome Amazon, Jewish Care Australia and Geoscience Australia to participate in PACE Mentoring Program for the very first time!

More organisations will be announced next week. Stay tuned!

You’re invited – free information session next Thursday

Join AND at the free online information session next Thursday for an overview of the program.

You are invited to dial in if you are a student or jobseeker with disability, a parent or carer of someone with disability, or disability employment service providers and other people who work with people with a disability, mental health condition or chronic illness.

  • Thursday 23rd June, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (click here to register)
    *all in Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne time (AEST)

Contact our team on 1300 36 36 45 or if you require accessibility adjustments.


This round, mentors are participating in: Adelaide, Bendigo, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. There will also be virtual mentoring options for regional students and jobseekers.


Anyone 18 years or over with any type of disability, mental health condition or chronic illness is eligible for the PACE Mentoring Program.

How do I apply?

Submit an online application form here by midnight 3 July 2022 (Sunday).

Applied for a previous round of PACE Mentoring?

There is no limitation on how many times you can apply or participate in the program if you still meet the criteria, and we can copy your previous application over if you reach out to us.

Study Stress and Support Seeking Reminder

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Study Stress and Support Seeking – Have Your Say!

This is a reminder to students to invite you to participate in the Qualtrics survey on study stress and support seeking.

Here is the Qualtrics Survey Link:

Also re-attached is the flyer.

Transport Standards – Have Your Say

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Stage 2 Reforms of the Transport Standards

– Have Your Say at a Public Consultation Event

Registrations for upcoming public consultations events for Stage 2 Reforms of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 are now open.

People with disability, their families and carers, advocacy groups, the transport industry and government are invited to provide feedback on the proposed Stage 2 Reform options through upcoming public consultation events held from 17 June to mid-July 2022.

There are several opportunities to get involved, including in webinars, online community workshops and online written discussion boards.

  • Further information about the events including registration details can be viewed on the Stage 2 Reforms – Public Consultations webpage.

You can also respond to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) and share your experiences any time until 9 August:

  • in writing, or via video or audio recording by email to
  • by telephone (free call) to 1800 621 372
  • through an online survey

An updated stakeholder pack, including a newsletter about the consultation events, key messages and summary documents has been developed to inform and promote the package of reforms.

We encourage you to use these documents wherever possible.

The stakeholder pack is available at this web address.

  • Find out more, including other ways to get involved, at or by phoning (free call) to 1800 621 372.

Cummins Internships Available

Friday, June 17th, 2022

A Range of Internships Available Now with Cummins

GradWISE has recently partnered with Cummins and has a plethora (50 attached) of internship opportunities ranging from:

  • engineering
  • business analyst
  • accounting/finance
  • communications and marketing
  • IT
  • legal
  • health safety and environment
  • project management
  • supply chain
  • and human resources

GradWISE are now collating interest from students and graduates. They will assist students with putting their application together, support them with adjustments (if required) and discuss the application process.

Questions from Cummins to Consider

Below are some questions from Cummins that the students should think about depending on their disciplines.

Montage Questions


  • Explain your understanding around what business IT means and how that relates back to a company. Where does that fit and what value does it bring to an organisation?

Corporate IT

  • Explain your understanding around what business IT means and how that relates back to a company. Where does that fit and what value does it bring to an organisation?

Corporate Accounting

  • What type of accounting stream that you would like to pursue in your career? EG: Banking, professional firms or industry?

CBS Accounting

  • What type of accounting stream that you would like to pursue in your career? EG: Banking, professional firms or industry?


  • What is your understanding of the role of HSE in an organisation?

Mech Power Gen

  • How will a mechanical engineer influence change in power generation with the increase in renewable energy in the next 10 years?


  • What do you know about the Australian Apprenticeship system and the Cummins Apprenticeship Program?

Supply Chain

  • How do you believe technology with shape the future of the supply chain in the next 5 years?

Give Respect Art Competition 2022

Friday, May 27th, 2022

Win $2,000 in Total Prize Money – Enter the Give Respect Art Competition now!

Looking for something to do over the semester break?

Create a piece of art and enter it into the Give Respect Art Competition! Students and staff will create engaging content that raises awareness and reduces peer-to-peer disrespect throughout our community.

You can submit any type of artwork, such as a painting, sketch, photograph or even a poem, poster or flyer.

Please read through the Give Respect Art Competition guidelines before you start creating or choosing an item from previous work for submission.

By making a submission you have the chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 x $1000 Prezzee gift card for 1st place student entry
  • 1 x $500 Prezzee gift card for 2nd place student entry
  • 2 x gold-class movie vouchers for 1st place staff entry
  • 1 x $300 Prezzee gift card for a communications-based student entry, e.g. podcast, brochure, poster etc.

Submissions close at 11.59pm, Friday 7 August 2022.

If you have any questions after reading the guidelines, send us an email at We can’t wait to see your creations!