Australian Business Essentials offers you the opportunity to develop your professional communication skills and gain a good understanding of Australian culture and the workplace through interactive workshops, fun volunteering experiences and team building activities. Students who complete all compulsory components of this program will have it added to their AHEGS.

Applications Now Open


Australian Business Essentials will run each term in 2021 from O-Week to Week 6. You can expect to undertake a weekly program activity.

Term 3 2021 – applications are now open and close on Monday 28 June 5pm. Apply here
Term 1 2022 – applications open early October 2021

Please note due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, Australian Business Essentials may be delivered online in 2021.

By taking part in this program, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your professional communication skills
  • Start or grow your professional network
  • Make lots of new social connections
  • Develop an understanding of Australian local and business culture
  • Pre-program activities, including an application interview that will help you with future internship or job applications
  • Fun and interactive workshops to develop your career skills
  • Opportunity to take part in an exciting volunteering experience and meet Australian locals
  • Immersion into a well-known Australian cultural experience 
  • Ability to undertake for-credit course COMM5008 Enterprise Skills upon successful completion of Australian Business Essentials (please note you must be in good academic standing and have space in your degree) 

The program is open to UNSW Business School international students who:

  • Are enrolled in a postgraduate degree
  • Have not had professional work experience in Australia
  • Have completed Career Accelerator: Essentials modules
    - Login with student self-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator
  • Are in good academic standing

Are able to commit to the following:

  • Pre-program application interview
  • Program launch event + final group activity
  • 2 x personal development workshops
  • 1 x volunteering experience
  • 1 x cultural immersion experience
  • 2 x team check-ins

Please note due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, Australian Business Essentials may be delivered online in 2021. 

Applications for Term 3 are now open and will close on 28 June 2021 at 5pm. Apply here. 

Applications for Term 1 2022 will open in mid-September 2021. 

You will be notified of your application outcome approximately one week after the closing date.

Cheng (Kris) Lou

Australian Business Essentials (ABE) is a great program that helped me learn more about the Australian workplace. I liked the volunteering part of ABE the most as it provided me the chance to really communicate with local Australians and do something meaningful for my community. I also made some true friendships out of ABE.

Cheng (Kris) Lou, Master of Financial Analysis




Australian Business Essentials (ABE) helped me build my confidence and broaden my networks. Taking part in ABE is one of the best decisions I have made while studying at UNSW and I have to say my professional path started with this program.

Yizhong (Alisa) Zhang, Master of Commerce (Extension)




I have attended lots of programs before at university, but Australian Business Essentials (ABE) is the most interesting one. This program included various cultural and volunteering off-campus activities which was an excellent opportunity for me to experience true Aussie culture.

I highly recommend international postgraduate students participate in ABE. The workshops and activities in this program are amazing and you won’t want to miss any of them!

Jiahui (Isabella) Wang, Master of Professional Accounting