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Student Life Voice Grants

For projects that support exchanging ideas and information relating to The Voice.


Student Life Grants provide funding and support for students to create innovative co-curricular projects that build a sense of community at the University. They are facilitated by the University's Student Life team.

The Voice Grant Stream

“The referendum on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament asks us to make one of the most crucial decisions in our lifetime, to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.” (NCCC, 2023).

In recognition of this important referendum, Student Life Grants welcomes individual students or a group of students to access up to $2000 of funding and development support for projects that support our students in exchanging ideas and information relating to The Voice Referendum.

Applications close: 9 am, 28 September 2023

Project dates: If your application is successful, you'll be able to schedule Student Life Voice Grant events at any time up until The Voice Referendum.

Maximum funding per project: $2000

Target audience: All students


If you're interested in applying for one of our other grant streams, find out more information on the Student Life Grants page.

Courage and civility are greatly encouraged through The Voice Stream, which aims to give our diverse student community the opportunity to exchange ideas and information through an event or activity that is relevant to The Voice Referendum.

In creating a Voice Stream Initiative, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication, project management, budgeting and reporting, with training, mentoring and support from the Student Life team.


To be eligible you’ll need to:

  • be a currently enrolled student at the University at the time of the project/event taking place
  • demonstrate how the project will build a sense of community, embed sustainable behaviours and enable graduate qualities development for our students
  • agree to the core commitments
  • declare any additional funding support or collaborations with other parties (e.g. external third parties, local councils, other universities or businesses).

How to apply

To apply, you will need to complete the application form online, including details of your project design such as budget, timeline, activities, and sustainability planning. Please ensure your application addresses the assessment criteria. Your application may include multiple events or activities. These can be in person, online or a hybrid model. You can apply as:

  • an individual
  • a group of students who are not in a society
  • a group of students within a society
  • individuals/groups in collaboration with a society.

Project ideas

Some example activities you could include in your project are:

  • Film or documentary screening and discussion
  • Referendum Yarn Circle
  • Guest speaker and BBQ
  • Voice café discussion groups

Assessment criteria

Grant applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. it should engage with civility, promote discussion and reflection, and provide a respectful environment to explore opinions and ideas related to the Voice Referendum
  2. it has a positive impact on our student cohort by developing graduate qualities, fostering social connections, belonging, community, sustainable practices, and wellbeing on campus
  3. it should be open to all students to participate in, regardless of faculty or school
  4. projects should consider strategies to minimise financial and student safety risk. If a project is assessed as having moderate or high levels of risk, it will be considered ineligible for funding
  5. projects should consider how sustainable practices will be incorporated into project planning and delivery, especially in relation to purchasing of items, and waste minimisation
  6. projects that consider equity and strategies for engaging diverse student groups will be highly regarded
  7. the declaration of external interests you’ll complete as part of the application form will also be considered.

Accepted applicants will work with Student Life to bring their event to life. As part of your core commitments, you will be required to complete the University’s Engaging with Civility module.

Ongoing support for successful applicants

Student Life will run a training session for successful applicants with tips and tricks on how to capture the University experience, maximise registrations and engagement, inspire your audience and lead a team. Student Life staff will also organise regular check-ins to ensure your project is on track for success.


Last updated: 30 August 2023

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