The Academy

The Academy at Western is a place to learn, grow and transform as a leader and changemaker.

Focused on transformative and impactful leadership, our program is designed to build your awareness, knowledge, and critical skills to lead with confidence and purpose.

As an Academy member, you will grow your potential by interacting with innovative education, working and learning in interdisciplinary environments, engaging with local and international communities, and connecting with industry and community leaders.

You will engage with rich academic, personal, and professional development through a range of activities such as mentoring, internships, conferences and immersions including international opportunities.


Underpinned by leadership and community impact, you will engage with programs and activities focused on developing your skills in the areas of Employability, Personal Development and Wellbeing, Community Engagement, and Global Citizenship.

You will be guided and supported by The Academy to build your foundational knowledge across these themes and take deep dives into topics that interest you the most.

You will gain access to unique opportunities as you progress through the program: mentoring with high-profile industry leaders, local and global learning experiences, conferences and more. Connect and collaborate with community organisations to create impact and change where it’s most needed. 

Join our community of changemakers: students coming together to make a difference in the world and create a real impact in the communities around them.

Applications are now open to join The Academy in 2024, and close midnight Sunday 14 January, 2024.

The Academy Degree

If you are keen to enter your workplace with refined creative and critical thinking skillsets, and cross-disciplinary leadership degrees, the Bachelor of Creative Leadership (BCL) is for you!

You’ll have the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and skills in leadership and ethics and help you grow your capacity to lead in complexity by focusing on high-level logical, entrepreneurial, and systems thinking.

Hear from prominent real-world leaders and industry legends which provides you the opportunity to take learning outside of the classroom and connect it to real life challenges.

"The skills that the degree taught me have stood strong in my working life. It taught me to think differently, to explore the nuances, appreciate the diversity, embrace the criticality, lavish the complexity, and most of all to reflect on my improvements."

- Chris Mahoney, Graduate – Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Creative Leadership

Why join The Academy

Networking events

Enhance your professional network through special events and functions.


Learn the skills you need to gain an edge with employers.

Exclusive study and social spaces

Enjoy specially designed spaces, available exclusively to students of The Academy.

"Through The Academy travel opportunities, events, and Citizen Scholar Award, I have grown personally and professionally and met many amazing people."

— Naomi Kroll. Bachelor of Business and Commerce / Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking.

Gain the tools you need to make a difference in the world.

Current student? Visit Inside The Academy for more information.

Get in touch

Contact our Course Information Team on 1300 897 669, email or use Live Chat.