Get the most out of your experience here at UNSW Business School by finding success in both the Australian classroom and workplace while making an impact in your local community. 

Australian Business Essentials offers you the opportunity to develop your professional communication skills and gain a good understanding of Australian workplace culture. 

In Australian Business Essentials, you will 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 

  • Volunteer with local Not for Profits 

You’ll also receive a digital badge and acknowledgement of completion of the program on your AHEGS (if all compulsory components are completed). 

Australian Business Essentials is delivered in person for onshore students based in Sydney. 

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for Term 1 2023 are now open and close on 15th January 2023 at 11:59pm. 

Apply now

  EOI Open EOI Close
Term 1 19th September 2022 15th January 2023
Term 2 16th February 2023 30th April 2023
Term 3 1st May 2023 13th August 2023


    • Fun and interactive workshops to develop your communication and career skills

    • Opportunities to take part in exciting volunteering experiences and meet Australian locals

    • Networking opportunities with your fellow students and guest speakers

  • The program will run each term from Weeks 1-4 and will require a time commitment of 20-25 hours.  You’ll complete 4 personal development workshops in conjunction with a 16-20hr volunteering experience with a local NFP.

  • 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
  • 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


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