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Upcoming Events

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship sponsors events and forums for students, academics, members of the public, not-for-profit, community organisations, government and business about making a difference in our community on contemporary social issues.

If you are interested in attending our events, please complete the contact form above.

Scolarships for Active Citizens - Information session

Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: Love House

Do you have an idea for a project to make a real difference in your community?

Scholarships of up to $5000 are available now to help you bring to life your idea for a project that will make a difference in the community.

At this information session, you'll learn how best to approach the application and what sort of projects will be considered. Find out more about the Frank Wilson Scholarships here:

Please note, these scholarships are open to students who have completed or are completing a McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship.

Pop-up: Women in Contemporary Australia

Date: Wednesday 25 October 2017

Time: 6-7pm

Venue: University Hall

Join McCusker Centre for Citizenship and Zee Ibrahim, Aurelia Joy Brian and Ishita Mathur for an evening of performance to celebrate women in Australia today. More information here

Previous Events

Djook to Jija (Sister to Sister) Aboriginal Women Speak Out: A self-determined future - 11 October 2017

Djook to Jija panel

Co-hosted with ABC Perth, the event brought female Aboriginal women together for a frank panel discussion about life in Australia today. The panel of June Oscar, Colleen Hayward, Jeanice Krakouer and Ingrid Cumming was moderated by Speaking Out presenter Larissa Behrendt. The discussion will be aired on ABC Radio Perth, at 7pm on 22 October 2017.

Indigenous Panel Discussion - 13 September 2017

Indigenous Panel Discussion

McCusker Centre for Citizenship hosted a panel of community leaders at University Hall for a discussion about the challenges and successes impacting on Indigenous people and communities in WA today. The panel was chaired by McCusker Centre for Citizenship director Michelle Scott and included:

  • Judge Denis Reynolds - President, Children's Court of Western Australia
  • Jonathan Ford - CEO, Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre
  • James Back - CEO, Reconciliation WA
  • Ingrid Cumming - Whadjuk Noongar Traditional Owner and Custodian
  • Joseph Bin Omar - UWA Student

Global Citizenship Exchange: Information Session

Global Citizenship Exchange program- Facbook Event

You can find the presentation slides from the Global Citizenship Exchange Information Session here

Video: Building a More Socially Inclusive Community


Watch our the video of the Building a More Socially Inclusive Community event at City of Perth Library here

Popup Series Event: Climate Change and Us - 30 August 2017, 4pm

The Hemsley Learning Centre in Reid Library was full for the third Student Pop Up event of the year - Climate Change and Us. Danii and Bethanii Baron-Heeris from Australian Youth Climate Coalition educated attendees on how our everyday activities can have drastic effects on the world around us. Attendees left inspired to make a change and help take action against climate change.

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The Big Idea UWA Launch - 31st July, 4pm

Students gathered in UWA Business School to hear from Danya Sterling of The Big Issue who shared all the details about The Big Idea competition and how students could apply. Danya was joined by Sean - a Big Issue Vendor - who told the students in attendance about becoming homeless at age 14 and how The Big Issue helped him turn his life around.


Cultural Awareness Session for Semester 2 Interns - Wednesday 9th August, 4-6pm

Dr Richard Walley hosted the Cultural Awareness Session for Semester 2 interns where he facilitated a lively and engaging discussion.


Building a More Socially Inclusive Community - Panel Discussion - 19th July, 4.30-6.30pm

Building a more socially inclusive community - panel

The inspirational panel of Richard Walley, Virginia Cumberbatch, Carmen Lawrence and Adam Levin spoke about how to build a socially inclusive community at the McCusker Centre for Citizenship Event at City of Perth Library on 19 July.

More than one hundred people braved the weather to attend the Impact Sparker event as part of the Social Impact Festival 2017 to hear the panellists share their own stories about challenging the status quo.

The discussion - facilitated by UWA's Fadzi Whande - centred around storytelling and the importance of listening to everyone’s stories in order to learn how to create an inclusive, diverse community – both here in Australia and around the world.

Thanks to our event partners The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, City of Perth, United Nations Association of WA and Global Shapers.

Un Youth Australia - Young Innovators Panel Discussion - Sunday 9th July, 10.30am

UN Conference

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship partnered with UN Youth Australia to deliver their Young Innovators panel discussion as part of their 2017 national conference. Speakers included Akram Azimi, Shannon Ziegelaar, Ella Ganfield, Sara Shengeb and Adrian Petersen.

Cultural Awareness with Dr. Richard Walley - Tuesday 6th June, 3.00pm


Our Winter interns had an insightful and engaging session with Dr Richard Walley in preparation for their internships. During the session Dr. Walley discussed the timeline of Aboriginal culture, struggles and vision for the future, as well as providing students with a great insight into the culture, heritage and traditions that exist around us today. An engaging and valuable session that we hope students got a lot from to take forward into their upcoming internship experiences and future endeavours.

Pop Up Series - Connecting with our Aboriginal Culture - Wednesday 31st May, 6.00pm


The final instalment for our student pop up series took place as part of Reconciliation Week, and students heard from Jade Dolman Penangke, a visual artist and a cultural educator. Jade spoke on the event topic and how she remains connected to her culture through painting and family. She has a passion for making a change for Indigenous Australians especially youth through different forms of art whether it be through painting or dance. She teaches Aboriginal dance and runs Aboriginal art workshops in schools, for organisations and companies.

Pop Up Series - Social Inequality and Art - Wednesday 26th April, 6.00pm


The second instalment of our student pop up series saw students taking a look at the topic of 'Social Inequality and Art'. Two excellent young speakers, Fatema Shalemi and Amran Abdi, discussed how they personally have used different art forms to address and raise awareness of different social inequality issues within our communities, and in a broader national context. You can find more information and photos from the event on our Facebook page: @mccuskercentreforcitizenship.

What it means to be a 'Good Citizen' - Thursday 30th March, 4.00pm


On the 30th March we held a moderated panel discussion in partnership with Celebrate WA and the City of Perth Library titled 'What it means to be a 'Good Citizen;'. The event was attended by a variety of UWA staff, leaders and members of not for profits, community and government organisations, and individuals from the wider Perth community. The diverse panel shared with us their views on what a 'good citizen' is and means in today's current community climate, and their own experiences of what they feel helped shaped them to become good citizens.

Pop Up Event: Too Young to Change the World - Wednesday 29th March, 6.00pm

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"Get out there and do stuff! If you see an issue that needs addressing in your community - get involved!" - Emily Hardbottle

We heard from three young, active citizens at the first of our student pop up events, 'Too Young to Change the World?', who offered a inspiring insight into their experiences and how they managed to take one idea and turn it around for the benefit of their community and their peers. Many thanks to Sara Shengeb, Emily Hardbottle and Brianne Yarran for sharing their stories and time with UWA students, and thanks too to the members of our Student Advisory Committee, Conor and Rasa, for organising a great event.

Cultural Awareness with Dr. Richard Walley - Tuesday 7th March, 4.00pm

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Thank you to Dr. Richard Walley for hosting our Cultural Awareness session with previous and current interns. During the session Dr. Walley discussed the timeline of Aboriginal culture, struggles and vision for the future, as well as providing students with a great insight into the culture, heritage and traditions that exist around us today. An engaging and valuable session that we hope students got a lot from to take forward into their upcoming internship experiences and future endeavours.

The Big Idea Pitch Night - Wednesday 19 October, 6.00pm


We are very excited for The Big Idea - Pitch Night! You will be in awe at what some of our students have come up with! In 2014, ACOSS revealed that poverty has been increasing in Australia. The social enterprises being pitched in this competition will aim to meet the needs of homeless, marginalised or disadvantaged people, either through meaningful work opportunities or other means. Come and hear our students pitch their new, creative and innovative ideas for a social enterprise - all projects are focused to meet the needs of homeless, marginalised or disadvantaged people.

Disability, Access and Inclusion - Thursday 25 August, St Catherine's College

Thank you to Prof Tim Stainton, Director Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia. Tim presented on the topic of Disability, Citizenship and Inclusion last night at St Catherine's College. The event was jointly hosted by The McCusker Centre for Citizenship and the Disability Services Commission.

Global Poverty Panel Discussion - Wednesday 27 July, Wesfarmers, UWA


The Centre co-hosted a panel discussion with Global Citizen on the topic - What is Australia's role as a regional leader? - Inspiring creative solutions to end extreme poverty by 2030. Thank you to Prof. Bruce Robinson AM, 2013 WA Australian of the Year, The Hon. Stephen Smith, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dr. Sue Boyd, former Head of Australian Diplomatic Missions

Disrupted - Festival of Ideas - Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July, State Library


We were very excited to work with the State Library to bring you our 'Active Citizens' panel for the Disrupted - Festival of Ideas. The panel was led by Waleed Aly - and included June Oscar AO, The Hon. Wayne Martin, Michael Sheldrick and Kaliyugan Pathmanatha

Sue Ash AO, CEO UnitingCare West - Wednesday 29 June at 4.00pm, St Catherine's College

Sue launched her paper on the role of not for profit organisations and active citizenship.

The Sir Wallace Kyle Oration - Tuesday 17 May at 6.00pm University Club, UWA

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The 2016 Wallace Kyle Oration by Lieutenant General David Lindsay Morrison AO (Retd). Hearing the Unheard, Seeing the Unseen. A Man’s Journey to Better Understanding the Challenges Facing Australia in the 21st Century.

Sarah McCauley
Current UWA Student
Intern at Southcare

"The McCusker Centre for Citizenship provided an opportunity to explore unchartered territory and experience firsthand the inspiring work, people, and mission of the community and not-for-profit sector. I would recommend this opportunity to any UWA student. You might find a new passion or direction for your future career. I know I did."

Ross Wortham
Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia

“Our organisation and others have been blown away by the quality and professionalism of the interns and we benefit from the different viewpoints they bring. I'm now very excited by the collective impact that potentially hundreds of these interns will have on the community service sector over the coming years, helping to build real generational change.”

Rebecca Ball
Executive Director
Office of Multicultural Interests

"There’s a great need for young people to contribute to internships like these. They bring contemporary thinking, they reflect the views of not only their own personal views but the views of their peers and that’s very important... to be embedding that type of thinking ..."