Become a Peer Leader

Do you remember feeling confused when you started at Deakin?

Peer Leadership (or mentor programs) offer you an opportunity to make a difference. There are lots of personal growth and benefits when you provide peer support or mentor someone else.


Being a peer leader is a great way to build up your resume. It will show you have leadership, initiative, enthusiasm and passion for building relationships. Many employers will look at your extra-curricular activities - beyond your studies and degree – when deciding on whether you're the right person for the job. As the peer leadership programs have a rigorous recruitment process, you will also benefit from the opportunity to take practice your job application and interview skills.

How to apply

Application methods and deadlines vary for each program. Where possible, details are outlined below. If you need further information, please get in touch with the key contact for the program you are interested in.

Peer programs at Deakin

Keen on helping out other students, but don't know what programs are available? Take a look at the list below to find out a little more about a range of programs that you could potentially apply for. If you think a program is missing from this list, email

Study support

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)

Being a PASS leader not only provides a fantastic paid, on-campus job, it also enhances your own study and employability by developing myriad knowledge and skills, including all of the Deakin graduate learning outcomes:

  • Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: improved content knowledge
  • Communication: facilitating and mentoring, including giving feedback; listening and understanding others, empathising, speaking clearly and directly
  • Teamwork: application of leadership and team skills such as decision making and giving feedback; negotiating and liaising with faculty and students
  • Problem solving: identifying problems and creating practical solutions using a range of strategies
  • Critical thinking: making decisions and communicating clear goals and deliverables
  • Self-management: experience in self-management, taking responsibility and trying new ideas and techniques
  • Digital literacy: using a range of technology to facilitate learning, including CloudDeakin, eLive, websites, tools, resources and student-produced videos.
  • Global citizenship: developed awareness of diversity and how it impacts various situations

Further information and how to apply

Current Deakin students who have recently completed the unit and achieved a distinction or higher can apply for PASS leader positions. If you apply you will undergo a full recruitment process. Candidates who successfully pass the CV and interview stages are called back for pre-hiring training to ensure they understand what PASS is all about and are suitable to lead PASS study sessions. Pre-hiring training is free and covers areas such as:

  • how to conduct active, facilitative study sessions
  • understanding the boundaries of peer-professional working relationships
  • effective communication
  • troubleshooting.

Once the recruitment process is completed, applicants may be offered PASS leader positions. PASS leaders are provided ongoing professional development and support. If you are interested in becoming a PASS leader or would like more information, please contact Robyn Mortimer, Peer Support Programs Coordinator.

SHS (Students Helping Students)

SHS mentors can provide a wide range of personalised support in areas such as managing your time, achieving study-life balance, getting to know Deakin resources and services.

Further information and how to apply

SHS mentors are recruited through UniHub each trimester. For further information, please contact the Team Leaders of the program.

Faculty Peer Mentors

Student Rovers

Student Rovers are have been studying at Deakin for at least 12 months and can help with general IT and Library related information the Library learning spaces and selected IT laboratories during the start of Trimesters 1 and 2.

What makes a great Student Rover?

  • A desire to help other students
  • Reliable self-management skills and ability to prioritise commitments
  • Realistic expectations of themselves - do not over commit
  • Good time management skills
  • An ability to communicate and show initiative
  • Proactive behaviours
  • Ability to relate to fellow students in a respectful and friendly manner.

Please note: you do NOT have to be an expert on using IT or Library facilities - the Student Rover training helps prepare you for your role.

'My first year as a Student Rover has been a rewarding experience. There is never a dull moment working as a Rover and it is a great way to meet new people. I have made long lasting friendships with several fellow Rovers. I enjoy working as a Rover as it provides me with the opportunity to help new students settle in and orientate themselves to the rigours of University life.

Training as a Rover at the beginning of the year opened my eyes to the vast resources that Deakin University offers. Being a Rover doesn't just help other students with their studies, it also helps you with your studies too....being a Rover means being able to adapt to new situations and solve individual problems and issues. The role of a [Student] Rover at Deakin University provided me with many new learning experiences and I enjoyed the challenges I was presented with. I would recommend this position to others.'

Jai, 2011 Student Rover

For further information about the program including the commitments and benefits of being a Red Shirt and how to apply, visit DUSA Red Shirts.

Recruitment for the following year commences late July each year.

For new students / social programs

Orientation Ambassador

The Orientation Ambassador is an orientation peer mentor program that aims to help new students make a successful start at Deakin. The Orientation Ambassador provides social and practical on-campus support for new students during Orientation.


Taking part in the Orientation Ambassador Program provides students with a lot of great opportunities such as:

  • Opportunities to gain new practical skills
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • The chance to make new friends and work collaboratively as part of a large and fun team
  • Being a friendly face, make a positive impact and welcome new students starting at Deakin University

You will also be invited to an annual Thank You celebration and will receive a Certificate of Recognition upon successful completion of the program.

Have a question?

If you have any questions, or would like to express your interest for a position outside of the recruitment time, please contact

Further information and how to apply

For further information about the program including how to apply, visit Orientation Ambassador Program.

Study abroad and exchange buddies

Every trimester hundreds of students from around the world come to Deakin University to begin their study abroad or exchange experience. To give them a chance to meet current Deakin university students (and the other way around) the Study Abroad & Exchange Office has established 'The Buddy Program'.

The Buddy Program is designed to help Study Abroad & Exchange (SA&E) students settle in and find their way around Deakin University and our city. The main intention of the program is to:

  • help create a supportive network for SA&E students yet to arrive
  • offer SA&E students friendly, practical and competent assistance upon arrival
  • answer questions from SA&E students about Deakin University and Australia
  • actively assist SA&E students to settle in post-arrival
  • help SA&E students make a smooth transition into Deakin University and Australian life

And that's where you come in!  Buddies are students like you – students who have an interest in studying abroad and travelling, know a thing or two about Deakin University and love meeting new people and making new friends form different parts of the world.

Further information and how to apply

Interested? Applications are currently closed, however, keep an eye on this website as more information on how to apply will be announced soon or contact the Study Abroad and Exchange team.

DUSA Red Shirts

Red Shirts is an ongoing program, where volunteers can help out their Student Association and also have a lot of fun at the same time. Red Shirts help out with activities, events, O'Week,campaigns, sport you can pretty much help out with all aspects of DUSA.

Further information and how to apply

For further information about the program including how to apply, visit DUSA Red Shirts.

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