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Government same-sex marriage survey - Don't miss out on having your say!

As you are probably aware, the Government has recently announced it will hold a postal survey on Australian marriage law. You may have heard this referred to as the 'same-sex marriage postal vote'. We encourage all of our eligible students to participate fully in Australia's democratic processes and vote to ensure you have your say.

Unlike federal and state elections, voting in the postal survey is not compulsory. However, if you would like to vote, your details will need to be listed correctly on the Australian electoral roll by no later than Thursday 24 August. This is the same roll used by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for state and federal elections. To be enrolled to vote in the survey, you need to be an Australian citizen who turns 18 before 24 August. Some eligible British subjects are also able to enrol.

If you are already enrolled, you can check your enrolment details are up to date and your postal address is current on the AEC Check my enrolment webpage. If you are not enrolled, you can enrol online; you will need to meet the conditions listed and provide proof of identity. Enrolling will also ensure you can vote in future state and federal elections.

If you have recently moved or your details have changed, you can update your details on the AEC Change your address webpage.

The Australian Electoral Commission has more information on enrolment available on the AEC website. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will be conducting the survey. You can contact the Australian Bureau of Statistics for further information on the process.

Forms will be sent out to all those listed on the electoral roll on 12 September. Voters will have until 27 October to return their vote.

The Australian Electoral Commission can answer questions and provide more information about enrolments.

Curtin is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment free from discrimination and harassment. Led by our values, we support a culture where LGBTIQ+ students and staff feel supported, valued and respected. We offer a range of support services for LGBTIQ+ students and staff. This information is available on Curtin's LGBTI Support webpage.

LGBTIQ+ support is available for all sexually and gender-diverse members of the Curtin community

On 12 September 2017, the government will be conducting a postal survey on Australian marriage law. As such, the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community continue to be a topic of local and national conversation. If this brings up any issues for you, Curtin has a range of free and confidential support services available.

Please remember you are not alone.

If you feel that you need support with issues of sexuality or gender, are ever subjected to any forms of homophobia, or just want to talk to someone, there are a wide array of LGBTIQ+ services you can access at Curtin, including:

There are also a number of ways we can all stand with members of the LGBTIQ+ community, including the Student Ally Program, open to anyone who wants to express support for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

Curtin is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment free from discrimination and harassment. Everyone has a right to feel included and Curtin is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment free from discrimination and harassment. We encourage you to make use of our free services if you ever need assistance.

Volunteers needed! Join in the fun and help out with Daffodil Day

Looking for an on-campus volunteer/community service opportunity that's also lots of fun? Help out for Daffodil Day!

Daffodil Day is an annual campus wide event where over 6000 fresh cut daffodils and merchandise are sold to support the Cancer Council.

This year's Daffodil Day event will be held on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August between 11am and 2pm outside Curtin Connect, Bld 102.

The daffodils and merchandise will be on sale there. The prices are $7 for a bunch of 10 daffodils, and a gold coin donation for a single stem.

If you would like to be involved, or require any further information, please email Maureen at with the times you are available to help out.

1 in 3 people will be touched by cancer in their lifetime and your assistance will help with cancer research, support, and education.

Join Curtin's Chevron City to Surf for Activ Team!

Curtin is teaming up with Reconciliation WA as part of this year’s Chevron City to Surf for Activ. Run for Reconciliation is an opportunity for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to run and walk together promoting reconciliation and generate awareness about creating new ways for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia to forge a new future together.

Curtin staff and students who sign up for the Curtin Run for Reconciliation team will not only be supporting an important cause, they will also receive a 15% discount off the entry fee and receive a ‘Curtin Package’ of giveaways and discounts including 20% off Curtin Stadium memberships for registered participants.

Joining the Curtin team is easy, just follow these simple steps to sign up now.

For more information on Run for Reconciliation please visit the website.

Midyear O-Week Survey - tell it to us straight!

Are you new to Curtin or to your course of study this semester? If you attended orientation at the Bentley Campus, or are an external student and completed your orientation online, we want to hear from you!

Take five minutes to tell us what you loved and what you wanted more of so we can improve O-Week for future students. If you complete the survey in full by 5pm (AWST) Sunday 27 August you will go into the draw to win one of three $100 Coles/Myer Gift Cards.

Complete the survey now!

You may only complete the survey once. Read the Terms and Conditions.

The Adobe Creative Pursuit - Join the race now!

The Adobe Creative Pursuit is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability and originality within a creative community.

Join the pursuit with students from Australia and New Zealand, and digitally race to the top of the leader board for your chance to win one of 180 prizes.

You can earn points by creating innovative artworks, taking quizzes to enhance your skills with Adobe products, and completing surveys to share your opinions.

Simply select either the "Beginner" tier or the "Expert" tier, whichever suits your confidence and skill level. No matter what tertiary degree you are completing, Adobe Creative Pursuit is open to you.

Join the contest now!

The Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Sector is looking for you!

The METS sector is one of Australia’s best kept secrets: we employ 3 times as many people as the mining sector, are the source of 75% of all innovation within mining and we are a dynamic, agile and exciting industry. The majority of companies in our sector have offices in most cities around Australia and working for a METS company can often mean travel and growth opportunities far beyond what other industries can offer.

However, METS is currently facing a shortage of female employees with a STEM background. This is where you come in. Austmine is the industry body for the METS Sector, and we’ve partnered up with METS Ignited (the Federal Government growth centre for METS), leading METS companies and universities around the country, including the University of Newcastle, to create the Austmine Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program.

This program is a 4-month program that will provide you with online coaching and industry insights, access to an online network of your peers and potential employers and, most importantly, a ten week paid internship within one of our member companies. Many degrees require practical, on the job, experience in order to graduate, and if you’re successful in your application to Austmine’s program – you’ll get just that.

Interested and want to know more?

Come along to the information session hosted by Curtin University and UWA for all female second, third and fourth years students, currently studying any STEM subject. The session will take place on 24 August 2017 from 2.00pm-3.30pm at Case Study Room, University Club, University of WA. You will hear from women working in the METS sector, who have a STEM background and have the chance to ask them about their careers: the challenges they’ve faced and overcome and the opportunities they’ve been offered. Participating employers in the program will also be in attendance for you to network with and speak to.

Contact to register interest in attending

Have you met the Curtin Safer Community Team?

The Curtin Safer Community Team makes sure Curtin remains a safe and friendly place. The team provides 24-hour support service, every day of the year, and is available to all Curtin students and staff.

The Safer Community Team is highly trained to help with all personal safety issues, including instances of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Once contacted, the team will respond immediately to make sure you are safe, offer you ongoing support, and in instances where it may be appropriate, assist you to make a formal report to the University or police if you choose. If you have experienced any form of assault or harassment, even if it occurred in the past and/or did not occur on a Curtin campus, the team can still assist to ensure your ongoing safety and wellbeing.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need immediate assistance, need to report an incident of assault or harassment, see something that shouldn’t be happening, or feel unsafe, the Safer Community Team can help.

If you’re studying with us at our Bentley, Kalgoorlie or Perth City campuses, or are studying with us online, contact the Safer Community Team:

If you’re studying with us at our Singapore Campus, contact the Safer Community Team hotline +65 6593 8004.

If you’re studying with us at our Malaysia Campus, contact the Emergency Response Team +60 85 443 930 or +60 85 443 999.

Have you met your UniMentor yet?

All New to Curtin undergrad students get a UniMentor for their first semester. A UniMentor is a senior student in the same course as you.

Keep an eye on your student email account through OASIS where your UniMentor will make contact and offer support and tips throughout the semester. Ask them any questions you need help with or say "Thanks" for their support.

If you haven't heard from your UniMentor by now, please fill in the Missing a Mentor form at the bottom of the Get a Mentor webpage.

We will arrange to have a UniMentor contact you!

Measuring Young Adult Attitudes of Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health

What we already know
It is well established that some mental health issues increase the likelihood of people using drugs, and that drug use can exacerbate symptoms of mental health issues. Knowledge of drug and alcohol use, as well as the mental health of young adults (aged 18 – 35), is limited.

What we hope to gain
This survey is designed to gain up-to-date information about attitudes related to drug use from this key demographic and asks about attitudes regarding usage habits and mental health issues. We hope to gain a realistic snapshot of alcohol and other drug use, and attitudes towards depression and anxiety in young adults

How does this affect you?
The outcome of the information you provide will be used to better understand attitudes that can inform treatment initiatives designed to assist young people with drug use, alcohol or mental health issues. This information is essential to develop policies and provide services associated with substance use and address mental health within the community.

Get Involved!
Participation in this research involves the completion of an anonymous, online survey. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary and you are able to withdraw your consent to participate at any point. Any data collected to the point of withdrawing will be retained as it is anonymous.

By completing this survey you will go into the draw to win Gold Class Movie tickets! Competition entry information is not linked to the survey data collected.

Participate in this survey, or for more information read the Measuring Young Adult Attitudes of Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health [.pdf].

Satisfied with Curtin? Provide feedback and win prizes!

All current students enrolled in all Curtin campus locations are invited to participate and provide feedback about your experience at Curtin. Access your survey via OASIS or find the link in your Curtin student email. All survey results are anonymous and confidential.

The Curtin Annual Student Satisfaction (CASS) survey was introduced in 2002 to assess students' satisfaction with their experience at Curtin, including campus life and the available services and facilities.

Curtin uses the results to make improvements, cater for unmet needs and for the purposes of internal and external performance benchmarking across years and also against other universities/external agencies.

Read more about how CASS results have been used to improve the student experience.

Apply now for Student Exchange in Semester 1 2018

The deadline to apply for Student Exchange in Semester 1 2018 has been extended. While the deadline is 31st July, we have plenty of locations available and will accept applications in August.

We encourage all students (particularly first year students) to apply now.

Want to learn more?

  • Check out our website

  • Come to one of our weekly information sessions, held every Wednesday (even during the study breaks) at noon sharp at Building 401, room 152.

  • Like & follow our Facebook Page to see all the latest updates.

Adobe Creative Cloud suite now available to Curtin students at half price

As part of a continual effort to make key learning tools available and affordable to Curtin students, Curtin Information Technology Services (CITS) have recently negotiated an agreement with Adobe to offer Curtin students the Adobe Creative Cloud suite at 50% discounted price from the current standard student pricing.

This is a great opportunity to access some of the best and market leading creative applications!

The details of how Adobe CC can be downloaded and the frequently asked questions are available in the Adobe Creative Cloud Subscriptions for Students instructions [.pdf] which can be found in the Startup channel within OASIS.