Professional Development

ANZSSA offers a range of professional development activities for members. Regional Groups and Professional Focus Groups are able to apply for funding to support professional development activities. An application for this funding must be submitted at least 60 days before the event is scheduled. For further information download the Professional Development Proposal Request Form.

International Links


An agreement between ANZSSA and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) to facilitate professional exchanges in conjunction with each organisation’s conference program provides a wonderful opportunity for ANZSSA members to gain a valuable experience of student services (Australia) and student affairs (USA) through visits to universities in both countries, professional meetings, dialogue and cultural exchange. ANZSSA members are encouraged to get involved.


ANZSSA and the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) also have a professional exchange that sponsors a member of each organisation to attend the other’s conference.

Other Student Services Associations:

AMOSSHE, the United Kingdom Student Services Association
APSSA Asia Pacific Student Services Association
CSSI, the Confederation of Student Services in Ireland (CSSI)
IASAS, the International Association of Student Affairs and Services
Professional Development Proposal Template
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ANZSSA Sponsorship: Student Support and Development Online Course

ANZSSA is offering sponsorships to student services practitioners who would like to enrol in the module ‘Student Support and Development Course’ which can be completed either for professional development, or for credit (10CP AQF Level 8) as a pathway into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Learning offered through Griffith University.

The course is fully on-line and participants can work through the materials at their own pace over the course of the program, which includes on-line discussions and collaboration sessions across the program. Participants would be expected to spend around 3.5 hours per week for the 12 weeks to complete. The four modules include Student Development Theory; Models of Student Support, Development & Advising; Supporting and Developing Students from Diverse Backgrounds; and Understanding our role in Student Support, Development and/or Advising.

Participants can draw on their current work activity to complete assessments. This course is designed for staff who work in student services, equity practitioners and other professional staff working with students.

You can find out more about the Grad Cert here

Registrations for the Grad Cert open 14 May and close 17 June 2018. The course runs in Trimester 2 (from 9 July 2018).

ANZSSA is offering sponsorship as follows: 

  • 2 x $AUS 1,000 scholarships (one from New Zealand and one from Australia)
  • 4 x $AUS 500 scholarships (two from New Zealand and two from Australia)


You must:

  • be a current ANZSSA member (individual or from an organisation with ANZSSA institutional membership)
  • successfully complete the program. Sponsorship will be offered as a reimbursement on completion.

How to apply

Complete the application here and email this to: The deadline for applications is Monday 4 June 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 11 June 2018.
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