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Ancora Imparo Leadership Program

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

The Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Leadership Program

A message from the Vice-Chancellor

A Monash University education will challenge you and enable you to build a successful career, as well as to equip yourself with the knowledge, abilities and insights required to change the world for the better. Leadership skills are an essential component of that mix.

The Ancora Imparo program gives you the chance to learn about leadership through interaction with community leaders, distinguished alumni, Monash staff, and your fellow students.

The program represents a rare opportunity. You will learn things that you will draw upon again and again throughout your career and your life.

I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor

Program details

This year-long program will take you on a transformative journey, giving you the confidence and skills you need to create the changes you’d like to see in the world.

Residential course

The program begins with a fully funded, three-day, off-campus residential course at Peppers Moonah Links Resort. You’ll receive leadership masterclasses in:

  • self-awareness
  • values and ethics
  • decision-making
  • communication
  • collaboration
  • positive social change.

You’ll also make great friends, enjoy social events and learn from the following incredible leaders (all have contributed to the program in previous years):

  • Dr Megan Clark AC, head of the Australian Space Agency
  • Julian Burnside AO QC, barrister, human rights and refugee advocate
  • Hon Judge Felicity Hampel, judge of the County Court of Victoria
  • Paul Grabowsky AO, Australian pianist and composer
  • Dr Bethia Wilson, former Victorian Health Services Commissioner
  • Dr Leanne Rowe AM, Melbourne GP and former Beyond Blue board member
  • Christine Nixon APM, first female chief commissioner in any Australian state police force
  • Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM, oncologist, Fulbright Scholar and award-winning author
  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner
  • Lucy Thomas OAM, youth and anti-bullying advocate.


During the year, you’ll attend eight evening seminars by eminent leaders. You’ll hear about leadership challenges and opportunities, and have the opportunity (working in a small group) to design and deliver a workshop that helps your fellow Ancorans explore solutions to a current leadership challenge. In previous years, topics included:

  • the gender pay gap
  • access to education
  • environmental sustainability
  • racism in politics
  • media ethics
  • sexism in society
  • terrorism

… and many more incredible topics!

All seminars are catered and presented in an intimate setting.

Service learning

You’ll have the opportunity to opt into a service learning project. Working in a multi-disciplinary team of five students, you’ll partner with a community organisation to solve a real-world problem.

Completion ceremony

At the end of the program, you’ll be invited to the completion ceremony, together with family and fellow Ancorans. During the ceremony, you’ll be presented with a certificate to acknowledge your success.

See this web page for more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Free PACE Mentoring Webinar

June 12th, 2019 by tperry

Free Webinar: PACE Mentoring – Industry Mentoring Program for Students and Jobseekers with Disability

With the unemployment rate of Australians with disability at 9.4%, compared to 4.9% of people without disability, programs like PACE are vital to equitably include people with disability in employment.

PACE, or Positive Action towards Career Engagement, is a free program connecting jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian organisations. It is an opportunity for mentees to work one-on-one with a mentor to gain industry exposure, build professional networks and increase employability skills.

Run across Australia, the program is a four-month commitment between August and December. Mentors and mentees meet at the mentors workplace once a fortnight during the four months. During the program, the mentee and mentor will set goals and desired outcomes, discuss experiences, skills, and career pathways.

In this free webinar, listen to the Program Manager discuss how your student and jobseeker networks can connect with a mentor this Spring in the free PACE Mentoring Program.

Step 1: Webinar Login

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. All webinars will be live captioned. Contact us for more details.

Contact the AND Team on 03 9621 2276 or if you have any questions.

KF&B Law Academic Scholarship

June 11th, 2019 by tperry

US Law Academic Scholarship – Accepting Applications from International Students

The members of the American Law Firm, Kinney, Fernandez & Boire (KF&B) have created the US$1000 KF&B LawAcademic Scholarship, which is in its second year, to help one student lessen their financial burden from school.

Here are some details below:


  • High school seniors who have already been accepted into a college or university.
  • Current college students who haven’t reached their final year.
  • International Law students that have been accepted into a US college or university – including those on an exchange program.


KF&B wants to hear your answer to the following question in the form of a 500-word essay:

“Who is your greatest role model”?

Submission Deadline:

The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2020.

Winner Selection:

The KF&B scholarship committee will select a winner once the submission deadline approaches. The winner will be contacted no later than the first week of June 2020. The winner will have 2 weeks to respond to confirm their information or a new winner will be selected. Once a winner’s information has been confirmed KF&B will award $1000 to the student’s financial aid department at their school.

The $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the winner’s school’s financial aid department.

Please see the link below for more information:

New Opportunity in STEMLabs

May 27th, 2019 by tperry

STEMLabs June Program to include possible Record Management Job Opportunities

Do you have an eye for details? A passion for finding specific information in news articles, publications, research etc? Ever considered a role in records management?

STEMLabs are currently seeking candidates to work as Records Management Officers in fixed-term 6-month employment contracts working out of the Melbourne CBD and commencing in July 2019.

The June STEMLabs program will offer suitable participants the opportunity to be considered for these Records Management roles. This program will act as the first stage of the assessment process for candidates interested in and eligible for these Records Management jobs.

What is the eligibility criteria?
• Must have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
• Must be aged 18 years or over
• Must have Australian Citizenship
• Previous experience in a Records Management role will be very highly regarded.
• Experience using computers is essential.
• The candidate must have a strong interest in learning and performing Records Management related tasks.

So if you are on the autism spectrum and interested in being considered for a Record Management Officer position, please apply for our STEMLabs program by Monday 27th May at 1pm.
For more info:

The Business Case for Inclusive Design

May 23rd, 2019 by tperry

Global First Report Launched with partners Microsoft and Adobe

A new report by CfID, with partners Microsoft and Adobe, ‘Designing for Everyone’ is full of information to help you get inclusive design over the line

Dr Manisha Amin, CEO of Centre for Inclusive Design, said,

“Inclusive design is design that considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.”

After calls from customers of Centre for Inclusive Design to identify the business benefits, they realised this research had never been done.

Along with partners Adobe and Microsoft, they commissioned PwC to identify how organisations and industries can gain economic benefit from inclusive design.

The outcome is a powerful resource for anyone looking to build a business case for incorporating inclusive design in to their work.

“We knew instinctively economic benefits exist, but the outcomes from the report show an incredible, largely untapped, opportunity.” said Dr Amin.

“Inclusively designed products and services have the potential to reach four times more customers than those that are not designed inclusively.”

Jeremy Thorpe, Partner and Chief Economist, PwC, said,

“Inclusive design is a no-regrets process that creates significant benefits. It is an overlooked step in maximising the potential of Australian business and ensuring a more productive Australia.”

David Masters, Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Australia, said,

“Accessibility is often focused on compliance, and while that is incredibly important, this report clearly shows that inclusion drives economic benefit too. Embedding inclusion in the upfront design phase ensures organisations are delivering products and services for everyone. Inclusive design is driving innovation at Microsoft and is a concept that all organisations should be embracing.”

Suzanne Steele, Managing Director, Adobe Australia and New Zealand, said,

“Through our partnership with the Centre for Inclusive Design and Microsoft, we want to raise awareness of the importance for organisations to include a diverse range of voices and perspectives within their teams in order to reflect the diversity of the Australian population in their products and services.”

The report analyses three key industries in Australia – education, retail and financial services – that can benefit from implementing inclusive design and drive financial, economic and social improvements.

Among these benefits, businesses have the opportunity to increase their revenue by growing their target markets and include Australians vulnerable to exclusion, who possess over $40 billion in annual disposable income.

You can access the full report and a summary here:

PACE Mentoring – Applications Open Now!

May 20th, 2019 by tperry

Apply Now for PACE Mentoring

PACE Mentoring connects students and jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian organisations. You’ll be matched to an experienced professional who will help you identify and reach your career development goals and build your confidence in a workplace environment.

How does it work?

PACE runs across 16 weeks between August and December. You’ll meet with you mentor once a fortnight during that time. Meetings last around one to two hours and are planned to suit you and your mentor’s schedules.

Mentees can discuss their career goals and aspirations, and get help to develop a plan for their personal and professional development. Meetings with mentors may include:

  • Reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Building confidence
  • Attending events and team meetings

After you apply, AND matches you with a mentor based on the information provided in your application. Consideration for matching includes your preferred industry, the skills you want to develop, the goals you set, and your location.

Am I eligible?

 How do I apply?

Apply Here Now!

Dial in to an Info Session:

For more information about what to expect from the PACE Mentoring program, dial in to one of our info sessions via webinar.

  • Friday 31 May 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Thursday 13 June 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Monday 24 June 11:30am – 12:15pm

(If you are dialling in from outside Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra, please consider time differences)

Step 1: Webinar Login

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. We can arrange captioning for the session with 72 hours notice.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

The Programs Team (Philip, Sneha, Tess & Isabel)

Stepping Into & PACE Mentoring

Level 3, 80 Clarence St, Sydney, 2000

Level 1, 2 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

1300 36 36 45  |  W  |  E

To hear about opportunities for students and jobseekers with disability subscribe to our Mailing List

Monash Celebrates IDAHOBIT

May 2nd, 2019 by tperry

Monash University is celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)!

Monash will be celebrating the LGBTIQ community events throughout week 10 to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
May 17 commemorates the World Health Organization’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990 and has been celebrated since 2004 to highlight the violence and discrimination experienced by the LGBTIQ community.
This year the theme is Justice and Protection for All. It reminds us that injustice, fear and danger are present in the lives of many LGBTIQ communities here and around the world. Across the globe, 72 states still criminalise same-sex sexual relations, while only 63 states provide some form of anti-discrimination protection. We don’t believe that’s fair.
So come and celebrate with the Australian LGBTIQ community and students and staff from across the university. Let’s send a message to the world – we want justice and protection for all.
For more information visit

Autism and Employment Forums

April 16th, 2019 by tperry

Autism & Employment Forums – Melbourne 14th May & Geelong 16th May 2019

Join AMAZE for a Day of Discussion and Receive Valuable Information About Finding and Keeping Work

You’ll hear from Malcolm Mayfield, author of “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment”, researcher and autistic person.

Malcolm is also the founder and managing director of Autism STAR.

Malcolm will be delivering a workshop titled “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job – Practical Strategies”.

In it he will cover:

  • What is the ‘hidden curriculum’?
  • Finding a job – mentors, networking, social media, resumes
  • Job interviews – attire, behaviour, answering difficult questions, online interviews, interview follow up, what are your rights in an interview

You’ll also hear from Stephanie Crawford, a speech pathologist with over 20 years’ experience who now focuses on supporting autistic teenagers and adults to achieve their communication goals.

Stephanie will cover:

  • the hidden rules around communication in interviews and the workplace and strategies to manage these
  • how challenges with executive functioning and abstract language skills can impact on the process of getting a job
  • functional tips on preparing for an interview

This event is suitable for autistic people considering looking for work or wanting tips on getting and keeping a job, as well as people supporting autistic people through employment.

You’ll hear about employment from the perspective of an autistic person, get tips on finding a job and doing job interviews, as well as the kinds of communications often needed in the workplace and how autistic people can prepare for this.

For more information and to book tickets

STEMLabs – Applications OPEN!

April 16th, 2019 by tperry

Applications now open for the STEMLabs April 2019 Program!

This is suited for you if you are:

  • Looking for an opportunity to experiment with your STEMLabs Skills in a safe, understanding and nurturing environment.
  • Wanting to better understand your autism in order to thrive in the workplace.
  • Looking to recognise your strengths, talents and abilities in a supportive, practical and hands-on environment.
  • Have an interest in IT.

The program is free and is strictly limited to just 10 places.

Applications for the program are currently open!

The applications close promptly at 1pm on Tuesday 23rd April, 2019. The candidates will be notified of their outcome by 5pm, Friday 26th April, 2019.

The successful candidates will then be invited to the training and assessment program commencing on Monday 29th April, 2019 and conclude on Friday 17th May, 2019 between the hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please note the program will not be held on any Tuesday.

The program will be held at Max Employment St Kilda, 31 Wellington Street, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or over
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have Australian residency or citizenship
  • Must be able to attend the 3-week assessment phase beginning Monday 29th April, 2019 through to Friday 17th May, 2019. Please note training will not be held on any Tuesday.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of St Kilda/Melbourne CBD.

Attached is more information about how to apply for the program.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Georgie Walker

M.Clin.Couns, Grad Dip Psych, B.Bus (Mktg/Mgmt)

Specialisterne Consultant

Specialisterne Australia


M: +61 431017852



Disability Scholarship Opportunties

April 16th, 2019 by tperry

Disability Scholarship Program 2019 – Department of Justice and Community Safety

Applications for the 2019 Program close on 10 May 2019.

Find out more:

Contact the Disability/Diversity Liaison Officer at this university or visit

Email –  or – ask for a copy of Scholarship Guidelines and an Application Form.