Community impact is a cornerstone of UNSW’s mission, with many strategic programs and partnerships in place to drive positive health, economic, social and cultural outcomes locally and globally.


The pillars of the UNSW community

Collaboration for change

Our community extends beyond our campuses. We partner with a number of community leaders and organisations to drive real change.

Inclusive environments

We welcome all backgrounds, abilities and interests, embedding inclusive activities and initiatives across our physical and virtual platforms.

Healthy and active university

Our mental health and wellbeing strategy fosters resilience and an awareness of mental wellbeing for students, staff and their families.

Celebrating cultures

We are enriched by the diversity of our community, with opportunities to celebrate different cultures and perspectives all year round.

Local engagement 

Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG)

The DEG works to support Elders’ wellbeing, protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage and knowledge and promoting Aboriginal cultural values. Learn more about UNSW’s partnership with the DEG.
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Matraville Education Partnership

The Matraville Educational Program is an initiative between UNSW School of Education, Matraville Sports High School and the broader Little Bay Community of Schools involves enriched curriculum activities for students, professional learning, and ongoing research and evolving partnerships with the Aboriginal and wider community.
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UNSW Tax Clinic

The UNSW Tax Clinic is a free service for financially vulnerable individuals and small businesses who would otherwise not have access to tax advice and support.
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Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC)

The KLC is a community legal centre providing free legal advice, casework and legal education to our local community. It advises on matters such as Domestic Violence, Credit and Debt, Victim’s Compensation, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Discrimination Law (anywhere within NSW), Motor Vehicle Accidents, Consumer Matters and Neighbourhood Disputes.
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Arc is the one and only student organisation at UNSW designed to support and enrich the student experience through guidance and access to clubs, sport, volunteering opportunities, wellness, events, tutoring, and more. Membership is free to all UNSW students, expanding the University experience beyond the classroom.
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Gateway Pathway & Program

The UNSW GAPP runs over three years from Year 10 to Year 12 and aims to prepare students from Gateway partner schools for university.
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Australia-wide and international engagement

Institute for Global Development

Building partnerships that benefit communities by reimagining development. Explore our diverse global community programs.
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Eliminating cervical cancer in the Western Pacific

The Western Pacific has among the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. The Kirby Institute at UNSW is contributing to a landmark program in the region, providing critical access to preventative measures such as vaccination in childhood and HPV screening opportunities for adult women.
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The Football United Program

FUn empowers social change through sport by delivering youth-orientated soccer initiatives from around the world, serving to encourage good health, strong communities, and build personal and social development. Discover our impact.
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The Women in STEM Ambassador Program

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is focused on all gender equity issues spanning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines including natural, physical and life sciences. The primary aim of the Ambassador's role is to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM studies and careers.
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Search impact by faculty

Art, Design & Architecture

UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture participates and contributes to a diverse range of community groups and organisations, guided by our shared values of collaboration, integrity and respect.
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Business School

UNSW Business School is committed to make lives better whether this is through our Girls in Business Camp or our community of entrepreneurial leaders in ENACTUS. We’re making real change possible.
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UNSW Engineering is committed to developing solutions to complex problems facing society through sustainable methods including the Women in Engineering initiative, and broad ChallENG program.
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Law & Justice

UNSW Law & Justice looks to advance human rights and community access to legal advice through its centres and institutes such as the Indigenous Law Centre, Youth Law Centre and the Human Rights Institute, to name just a few.
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Medicine & Health

UNSW Medicine & Health understands the value of community partnerships, from the new Health Translation Hub in Randwick, to our Rural Clinical Schools which serve broader NSW.
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UNSW Science runs a wide range of community events and activities including the Women in STEM Ambassador Program and the Talented Students Program. We’re helping our community thrive.
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UNSW Canberra

UNSW Canberra works with key community partners to share knowledge and expertise and drive positive change, spanning areas of Defence, veteran support, bushfire awareness, public leadership, and more.
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