The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at the University of Western Australia is the first of its kind in Australia. Established through a generous contribution from the McCusker Charitable Foundation, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship seeks to foster community minded thinkers and leaders by significantly increasing the opportunities for our students to work with community and not-for-profit organisations.

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Semester 1, 2017 Internships
Are you interested in contributing to your community and also earning academic credit? Are you looking to do a broadening unit for Semester 1 next year and have not decided yet? 
Come along to our information session on Tuesday 1 November at 1.00pm in Love House.  Both undergraduates and postgraduates can earn academic credit for undertaking  our internships with community and not for profit organisations (minimum 100 hours spread over the semester).

Simply email with attend in the subject line.


Wednesday 19 October, 6.00pm

We are very excited for The Big Idea - Pitch Night!
You will be in awe at what some of our students have come up with!

In 2014, ACOSS revealed that poverty has been increasing in Australia. The social enterprises being pitched in this competition will aim to meet the needs of homeless, marginalised or disadvantaged people, either through meaningful work opportunities or other means. Come and hear our students pitch their new, creative and innovative ideas for a social enterprise - all projects are focused to meet the needs of homeless, marginalised or disadvantaged people! 

Registration is essential – click here
General entry is $12 and UWA student entry is free.


Summer internships now available!
Applications for our Summer internships are now open.
We hosted in information session yesterday -  you can access the presentation online here.

View our summer internships and application process here.
Deadline Thursday 6 October.


Thank you to Prof Tim Stainton, Director Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia. Tim presented on the topic of Disability, Citizenship and Inclusion last night at St Catherine's College.

The event was jointly hosted by The McCusker Centre for Citizenship and the Disability Services Commission.

A copy of Tim's presentation is available here.


Wayne Bradshaw CEO, The Fathering Project and Oskar Paino-Povey,  current McCusker Centre intern

Wayne Bradshaw CEO, The Fathering Project and Oskar Paino-Povey,
 current McCusker Centre intern

Great news for Masters Students!
In addition to SVLG1002 for undergraduates, postgraduates can now receive credit for undertaking a McCusker Centre internship by enrolling in SVLG5001 (6 points) or SVLG5002 (12 points). The units can be taken in Semester I, Semester II or Summer.

If you would like to know more, why not come along to our information session on Wednesday 14 September at 12pm, in Love House?
Simply email 'attend' in the subject line to


The Big Idea
Are you a UWA undergraduate student?
Do you have a great idea, or wish to join in and help develop ideas?

Click here to find out more about this exciting social enterprise competition, just launched!


James McHale, Michelle Scott, Paul Johnson and Michael Sheldrick

James McHale, Michelle Scott, Paul Johnson and Michael Sheldrick

The Centre co-hosted a panel discussion with Global Citizen on the topic - What is Australia's role as a regional leader? -  Inspiring creative solutions to end extreme poverty by 2030. 

Thank you to Prof. Bruce Robinson AM, 2013 WA Australian of the Year, The Hon. Stephen Smith, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dr. Sue Boyd, former Head of Australian Diplomatic Missions.

You can access the live link posted to Facebook here and view photos from the event online here.




Disrupted - Festival of Ideas
We were very excited to work with the State Library to bring you our 'Active Citizens' panel for the Disrupted - Festival of Ideas. The panel was led by  Waleed Aly  - and included June Oscar AO, The Hon. Wayne Martin, Michael Sheldrick and Kaliyugan Pathmanathan.

You can view the full video here. 





Sue Ash AO, CEO UnitingCare West launched her paper on the role of not for profit organisations and active citizenship at St Catherines' College, UWA on 29 June. 

You can now access Sue's paper on the UnitingCare West website  here.

Sarah McCauley, intern at Southcare last semester

Sarah McCauley, intern at Southcare last semester

Semester 1 Interns have completed their internships
The first of the McCusker Centre interns have now completed their internships, well done to all - we have received some fantastic feedback from the host organisations! The interns have been working with local community and not for profit organisations since the start of the semester in March this year.

You can listen to what they have to say here


Read about one of the interns Ankush Wagle and his experience working with the Youth Affairs Council of WA.

Click here to read the article online.


A warm welcome to our new Student Advisory Committee
We are excited to announce the establishment of the Student Advisory Committee for the McCusker Centre for Citizenship. This group of amazing volunteers - all current UWA students - will provide support and advice to the Centre, lead some of its initiatives and become vital links to the wider UWA student community.

First row left to right: Rasa Islam, Emma McCormack, Isabella Hanckock, Pauline Christodoulou, Tinashe Jakwa; second row left to right: Sara Shengeb, Conor Mclaughlin, Dillon Wong, Jasmin Sekhon, Tom Durkin. Not pictured: Ankush Wagle


McCusker Centre Internships with the Global Poverty Project
Well done to the 2 successful candidates Maya Shah and Dominique Roth, who will be undertaking McCusker Centre Internships with the Global Poverty Project in New York.

With over 50 applications received, it was very difficult to choose only 2 students from such high quality applicants.

The interns will start in New York in July for a 3 month internship. They will be responsible for assisting the Global Policy and Advocacy team to efficiently and effectively engage with a range of stakeholders, partners, policymakers and audiences as they seek to execute their advocacy initiatives for 2016, including the Global Citizen Festival. 

Well done again Maya and Dominique, we are looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back!





The Sir Wallace Kyle Oration - Tuesday 17 May at 6.00pm University Club, UWA
The 2016 Wallace Kyle Oration by Lieutenant General David Lindsay Morrison AO (Retd). Hearing the Unheard, Seeing the Unseen. A Man’s Journey to Better Understanding the Challenges Facing Australia in the 21st Century.

Thank you to staff, students and the general public who attended this sold out event. 
                                                                                                        You can listen to the full Oration here.