Enactus Australia, part of the Enactus global organisation, brings university students and staff together with business to enable the students to apply business concepts in the development of community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people. Participating universities join a network of institutions and academic leaders from around the world as well as executives and companies that support enactus.
- Curtin University
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of New England
- Edith Cowan University
- University of New South Wales
- Griffith University
- The University of Queensland
- University of South Australia
- Macquarie University
- The University of Sydney
- University of Technology Sydney
- NSW Institute of TAFE
- The University of Western Australia
- University of Wollongong
- The University of Melbourne
- University of Canberra
- Western Sydney University
The Enactus Team Handbook covers all operational information with sections on:
- Organisational overview;
- Membership Guidelines;
- Establishing an Effective Team;
- Developing Quality Projects; and
- Preparing for Competition.
Setting up a Team
Universities setting up an Enactus team should do the following.
Find a Faculty Advisor
Identify a Faculty Advisor as a student mentor.
Connect with Enactus Australia
The Faculty Advisor should get in touch with the Enactus Country Leader who will put them in contact with the relevant Program Coordinator to assist them.
Students should be recruited from across disciplines/faculties and can be recruited during Orientation; at lectures or through promotional advertising at the university.
Build a Business Advisory Board
Start with the Faculty Advisor and Team President as members and engage members of the local business community. Enactus Australia will also assist by providing members from our partner companies.
Affiliation with university student clubs, societies, guilds or union
Formal affiliation may have many benefits, including financial assistance and banking facilities, help to get organised, to plan and run meetings, a web page and insurance for the Enactus Team activities.
Familiarisation with the Enactus Program
Team members should access the Team Handbook which provides a wealth of useful information including how to establish an effective team and develop quality projects.
Starting a Project
After reading the relevant section in the Team Handbook students should identify a target project group by conducting an analysis of their economic, social and environmental needs. They should then discuss with the group, their Faculty Advisor and Business Advisory Board how they should progress.
A Team may be formed at any university and is comprised of a group of Enactus students, a Faculty Advisor and a Business Advisory Board.
The team’s activities are governed by Enactus Membership Guidelines which are found in the Team Handbook.
Enactus students are enrolled tertiary students who design, develop, deliver and document their team’s Enactus community outreach projects. There is no lower limit on the numbers of students in an Enactus Team but a group of 10 is a good starting point.
A Faculty Advisor is an academic or professional staff member of a university. They mentor their Enactus students, attend Enactus meetings and activities and are the primary representative of their Enactus team with Enactus Australia.
In Australian universities the Faculty Advisor roles are distributed almost evenly between academics and professional staff. Some Faculty Advisors use Enactus as a platform for research about community engagement and student development.
Business Advisory Board
A Business Advisory Board (BAB) is an integral part of the team and can be comprised of university, business and community members. The BAB provides guidance and advice for the team on projects, funding and business practice. BABs meet to review proposed projects, monitor project progress and to provide input into the annual report.
The Faculty Advisor and Enactus Team president are members of the BAB and Enactus Australia can assist teams with finding BAB members.