The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies partners with government and non-government agencies, professional bodies, businesses, research centres and the community in a number of ways.

As socially concerned and globally engaged scholars, we are continually looking for opportunities to contribute to and improve the world around us. 

If you have an opportunity that aligns with the School’s areas of expertise, we look forward to hearing from you.

Industry partnerships

Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative

The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT is an exciting collaboration between staff, students and The Bridge of Hope Foundation.

The initiative aims to examine cases where a person may have been wrongfully convicted, and assist in exonerating that person if there is evidence of a wrongful conviction, as well as campaign for reform of issues that lead to these injustices.

More information for RMIT students

Related links

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PRAXIS Australia

In 2016, RMIT and PRAXIS Australia established an ongoing partnership agreement for RMIT to provide recognition of prior learning for participants who had completed the Manage Legal and Ethical Compliance unit as part of a short course on ethical compliance.

PRAXIS Australia promotes the understanding and practice of ethical human research in Australia and internationally in order to enhance the welfare of research participants and the quality and effectiveness of research.

RMIT and VCOSS – Future Social Services Institute

In 2015, RMIT and the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) launched a partnership to promote research into the causes and impacts of poverty and disadvantage in Victoria.

This partnership involves an Industry Fellowship Research Program, an RMIT/VCOSS PhD scholarship and a range of collaborative research opportunities.

This collaboration has now evolved into the Future Social Services Institute, a government supported initiative that will put Victoria ahead of significant changes in delivering social services.

The Institute’s vision is a society that optimises people’s abilities to lead full lives with the support of their families, carers, a highly skilled workforce and the community.

The Institute will:

  • design world-best education programs for the social service sector
  • help train the ‘workforce of the future’
  • research emerging trends and opportunities in social sector reform
  • empower not-for-profits to reorient to a global market.

It’s the first time a government, a tertiary institution and the social service sector have come together in this way.

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Sapphire Care

RMIT is working with Sapphire Care to upskill their workforce through tailored training packages.

Sapphire Care is an aged-care service provider focused on delivering exceptional care, lifestyle and surroundings, putting residents’ needs first.

RMIT and Sapphire Care are working together on the e-delivery of units from the Certificate III in Individual Support to develop Sapphire Care’s workforce skill set to better meet the needs of our ageing population.  

Through a work-integrated learning arrangement, Sapphire Care also provides learning placements for RMIT students who are completing the Certificate III in Individual Support. These placements offer students the opportunity to apply their learning and engage in practical experience within an aged-care setting.

RMIT and Sapphire Care are continuing to explore other workforce initiatives.

Social work professional development

RMIT Social Work has an ongoing commitment to community and human services professions, groups and communities within the social work field. Find out more

St John of God Accord

RMIT is working with St John of God Accord to provide training to 15 staff in a Certificate IV in Disability.

St John of God Accord provides flexible, tailored disability support services throughout Melbourne's eastern, northern and western metropolitan regions.

This successfully delivered initiative was first delivered in 2016 and planning has commenced to continue this arrangement in future.

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

RMIT has partnered with Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, an organisation that provides leading holistic and culturally sensitive healthcare across 14 remote communities in the Northern Territory.

Under the partnership, RMIT teachers travel to Katherine to deliver intensive blocks of the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs to Sunrise staff members over a year.

The partnership was established in response to Sunrise Health Service Corporation wanting to ensure their staff have the skills necessary to deal with the complexity of a client cohort that is one of the most disadvantaged in the world.

Sunrise Health Service Corporation CEO Dale Campbell said, “Sunrise likes establishing links with agencies that have a sense of social obligation.”

The program has since seen five groups of Sunrise workers undertake the Certificate IV and Diploma.

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Distant Horizons

Victorian Multicultural Commission

The Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship(OMAC) has close links with RMIT’s translating and interpreting department.

Each year, OMAC determines a list of languages that require increased interpreting support to meet the needs of Australia’s changing multicultural community.  

OMAC provides scholarships to students who are studying RMIT’s Diploma of Interpretingand Advanced Diploma of Interpreting in these languages.

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Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Services

RMIT and Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Services have worked together since 2013 to provide training in alcohol and other drugs, mental health and case management for Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Services staff.

Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Services is an Australian Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that provides health services to the Katherine community and surrounding regions of the Northern Territory.

In 2016, RMIT also provided consultancy support to develop and provide a case management framework, which involved training 16 staff members. RMIT is working with the organisation to facilitate the case management framework rollout.

Yarra Community Housing

Yarra Community Housing (YCH) and RMIT have established an industry-led research partnership to address homelessness in Melbourne and, ultimately, help find a global solution.

This exciting new applied research program in urban homelessness and housing assistance will involve a team composed of a Professor of Urban Homelessness and Housing, a Postdoctoral Fellow, three PhD scholarship students and a dedicated lecturing position.

The purpose of the team is to undertake translational research that will lead to better lives for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The program is expected to commence in 2017.

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Research partnerships


Dr Anastasia Powell, RMIT lecturer in justice and legal studies and an associate member of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR), is working on a research partnership with Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

ANROWS is an independent, not-for-profit company established as an initiative under Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.

Along with a multidisciplinary team of professionals, Anastasia is working on the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) project, a national survey that collects vital information about Australians’ knowledge of and attitudes and responses towards violence against women, and attitudes towards gender equality.

The NCAS is one of the key monitoring mechanisms for the National Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children 2010–2022. 

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer