Become an adviser

Non-residential colleges provide students living off-campus with access to the community spirit and associated benefits provided to those living on-campus. An important part of this experience is the support and mentoring provided by college advisers.


Taking on volunteer work while studying is a great way to enhance your resume, making sure you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. Other benefits include the opportunity to:

  • develop and demonstrate leadership, cross-cultural communication, and cultural competency skills
  • work closely with a team of like-minded people to enhance the Monash experience for college members
  • establish contacts outside your existing networks, and the opportunity to get to know senior academic staff affiliated with the college
  • develop mental health awareness by completing Mental Health First Aid and SafeTalk training
  • be involved in other personal and professional development
  • receive a formal certificate detailing the skills you have developed as a college adviser and a college adviser T-shirt.

The role

The role of college adviser is voluntary and for one full year. We are currently recruiting 20 students per college. Each adviser is assigned 15 college members to mentor. This involves regular contact to encourage members to engage in college life by attending events and meeting with other members outside the academic setting. The role requires a time commitment of approximately 5-8 hours per fortnight.

All college advisers are provided with comprehensive training, which is compulsory, to meet the requirements of the role. College advisers are expected to contribute to the college community by assisting with and attending college events, maintaining regular contact with college members assigned to their cluster, and participate in a range of training and development opportunities.

College Advisers report to the College Coordinator and will liaise with the college support team at each campus. This includes the College Head, Deputy College Heads, and other members of the Non-residential Colleges support team.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply for this role, you must:

  • have successfully completed at least 24 credit points of your Monash degree
  • be currently enrolled at the campus where the college is located (Caulfield, Clayton or Peninsula)
  • be able to commit to the program for a full year from January to December (students graduating mid-year are not eligible to apply)
  • be performing well academically (currently hold and maintain a credit average or higher).

Applicants must be available for compulsory training in early December and to assist with the recruitment of new members during enrolment periods in January and February.

Applicants are required to attend to attend six college events each semester (day and evening) and are encouraged to spend time with their college members outside these events.

Skills and experience

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • a desire to participate, make new friends and have fun
  • excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with people from a range of backgrounds
  • effective time management skills and the ability to manage study and additional commitments, including paid work, volunteer work, hobbies interests, etc.
  • initiative and the ability to work as part of a team
  • a broad understanding of student issues, such as adjustment to university life
  • previous volunteering experience, either within the University or in the community.

Personal attributes

Applicants are required to be:

  • friendly and welcoming
  • community-minded
  • self-motivated

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Timeline for the selection process 2018

  • Applications open on Monday 4 September and close on Thursday 30 November 2017
  • Interviews will be held during October/November 2017

All successful applicants are expected to be available for key training dates and membership recruitment in the 2018 enrolment and orientation period.

  • Compulsory training for new advisers will be held from Monday 4 December to Friday 8 December 2017
  • Compulsory adviser training will be held from Monday 5 February to Sunday 11 February 2018. This includes attendance at a residential camp Friday 9 - Sunday 11 February 2018