Academic Support


New students receive a full day of orientation on the first day of the semester. The orientation provides students with important introductory information about the course and familiarises them with the campus before classes commence. The orientation incudes presentations from the Department Heads, Student Association, Counsellor, Curator, Level 1 Coordinator, and Student Liaison Officer. New students also receive a Library induction, safety and security briefing, tour of the School facilities, and lunch with students and lecturers.

Academic and Enrolment Guidance

The Student Liaison Officer is available by appointment to discuss queries and concerns relating to enrolment, subject choices, workload etc. and to provide general study advice and guidance.  

Essay Writing and Research Support

The Student Liaison Officer provides essay writing support through group workshops and individual meetings. Students are referred for these services by a lecturer or may also self-refer, in which case the Student Liaison Officer will assess their support requirements. The Librarian also provides research support and delivers workshops throughout the year.

Peer Learning

The Peer Learning Program is designed to provide information, guidance and advice for students to help them navigate the demands of the BVA. The current Peer Learning Program includes IT workshops and a weekly Study Club. More info here.

Academic counselling

Students who are experiencing ongoing or significant issues relating to academic progress and/or attendance are required to attend an academic counselling meeting with the Academic Administration Manager and the lecturer of the relevant unit. This is an early intervention process aimed at supporting a student’s academic progress.

Individual academic support

In certain cases, the School approves one-on-one academic support from lecturers for students. This may include a set number of hours over the term or a once off session. Circumstances in which individual academic support may be approved include when a student has a study support plan in place, is transitioning from secondary school directly into the BVA, or has experienced a disruption to their studies as a result of unforeseen and extenuating circumstances.


For information on Academic Support Services, contact our friendly Student Liaison Officer, Andrew Herpich, on 8299 7300 or andrew.herpich(at)