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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Australia-wide and international engagement

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