Leadership and development opportunities

One of the most valuable aspects of living on campus is the opportunity to develop as a person and grow your skills, beyond the traditional learning environment.

Living on campus gives you access to a number of leadership and development opportunities, and we encourage you to get involved – from academic and leadership dinners and resident committees, to our residential support team and formal training.

Resident Advisor (RA)

Our Resident Advisors are central to Monash Residential Services experience. They are a group of engaged 'returning residents' who have been selected and trained as designated student leaders in their communities - there to help all fellow residents get the most out of the living on-campus experience.

If you're an exceptional student, a good communicator and enjoy being the go-to person for information and advice, becoming an RA is one of the best ways to develop your own leadership skills and make a positive contribution to the community.

We offer extensive training, as well as scholarship opportunities for those accepted to the role.

To find out more about what we expect from our RAs, the challenges, rewards and learning opportunities, speak to your Residential Support Team, or learn how you can sign up to be a Resident Advisor.

Dani Chung
"Moving in as a new resident to MRS was made easier with a supportive and engaging Residential Support Team.  Being a Resident Advisor also opened up greater opportunities for leadership and self-improvement."

Dani Chung

Residents' Committee

The Residents' Committee is the peak body for residents on campus. Comprising representatives from all Residential Communities (including Residential Advisers and members of the residential social committee),

‘Res Comm’ as it is known not only advocates for Residents to MRS Senior Management, and the wider university, it is also responsible for organising fantastic community events including:

  • The MRS Annual Resident’s Ball
  • Live Below the Line, ‘'Shave for a Cure', and other fundraising events
  • The MRS Vampire Shield (blood donations through the Australian Red Cross)
  • The annual Autumn Picnic (just prior to the mid-semester break)
  • Support and promotion for huge on-campus events like the Beach and Snow parties (the lovely Res Comm provide food, and non-alcoholic drinks to attendees)

Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Committee

The Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Committee is a group of Monash residents who develop, implement and promote peer-led programs that encourage and support equality and inclusion.

The Committee plays a big role in events like Monash Diversity and Inclusion Week, and also advises the Associate Deputy Director, Residential Support on appropriate ways to deal with equity issues.

If you’d like to get involved, speak to your Residential Support Team.

Environment Committee

The Environment Committee is a group of enthusiastic residents committed to promoting and implementing a variety of environmental initiatives such as tree planting days, Earth Hour and taking care of community gardens in each residence.

Each residence has its own environmental representative and they are involved in educating our residential community about recycling, water and energy-saving behaviours.

If you would like to get involved, please speak to your Residential Support Team.

Sports Committee

The Sport Committee is a group of enthusiastic residents committed to promoting and organising our intercollegiate sports activities. Each residence has their own ‘Sports RA’ as well as two central RAs.

Programs organised by the Sports Committee include:

  • The MRS Quidditch Cup is part of the yearly Orientation Program. The winner of the Quidditch Cup holds bragging rights (and the amazing trophy) for the remainder of the year
  • Intercollegiate sporting competitions including five-a-side football (soccer), basketball, and other sports

If you would like to get involved, please speak to your Residential Support Team.

IT Committee

The IT Committee consists of the more technically capable RAs in each community, as well as two central MRS IT RAs. For any IT-related issues, please email mrs-ithelp@monash.edu.

The IT RAs also organise LAN parties for our communities - allowing us to utilise our network for interactive gaming!

For more information about the IT network at MRS please visit this page.

If you would like to get involved, please speak to your Residential Support Team.

Mental Health First Aid training

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Mental Health First Aid training has been a core aspect of the MRS development experience since 2010. We first offered Mental Health First Aid Training to our staff and some student leaders in 2007, and immediately noticed some really positive changes in the level of care and support in our community. Building on this, since 2010, we have made the program a requirement for any person in a leadership position, but also made training available to all residents (with the first sessions commencing in week 1 of Semester)!

It's a fantastic, award-winning program – free to all residents – and we strongly encourage you to take part.

You’ll learn:

  • About the different types of mental health issues
  • How to recognise the early signs and symptoms
  • What to do to support someone who has a mental health issue or is suffering a mental health crisis
  • Where and how to get help

Learn more about our Mental Health development and support training.

Courses are advertised throughout the year.

Formal training opportunities

As a resident, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a range of certified training programs, especially if you’re part of a social committee or Residential Support Team.

Training options include:

For all residents

  • Mental Health First Aid (see above)
  • Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
  • Queer 101
  • safeTALK – Suicide alertness in the community

For members of the Residential Support Team

There are loads of other less formal training opportunities too – like public speaking and event management – that will help you develop your professional, vocational and personal skills.

All training is advertised to residents throughout the year.

Find out more about our upcoming events, programs and activities

Academic & Leadership Dinners

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Three times a year, we invite nominated residents to our Academic and Leadership dinners. Hosted by keynote speakers who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen field, it's a rare opportunity to get a first-hand insight into the skills and qualities it takes to become a great leader.

Some of our keynote speakers in recent years include: