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Welcome to RARE

The Remote and Rural Enterprise (RARE) program is a community-engaged learning program, connecting postgraduate and undergraduate students at the University of Sydney with remote and rural enterprises in Australia to collaboratively complete action-research projects. The program ensures the University's entrepreneurial activity benefits some of our more challenged communities and businesses while increasing students' social and cultural empathy and respect.

RARE projects aim to deliver practical and accessible recommendations, backed by rigorous academic literature, and market relevant data and information. Emphasis is placed on community consultation, reviewing local markets, researching best practice and adapting business models to suit Australia's challenging remote environments, and socio-cultural differences.

RARE Students share their skills, expertise and time with the enterprise, while learning to manage uncertainty, multiple stakeholder demands, and the human and economic influences affecting businesses.

RARE program

Mission and focus

RARE's mission is to raise the entrepreneurial capabilities of students in a way that benefits remote and rural enterprises and their communities. The RARE Program focuses on key elements:


Participate in the initiation and development of sustainable business activity in remote and rural Australia.

Cultural understanding

Facilitate the development of relationships that enhance mutual social and cultural respect and awareness.

Action learning

Provide a platform for work-integrated learning and engaged-practice enabling students to apply their knowledge and skills in a challenging context and learn from experience.

Remote and rural

To initiate and enrich relationships that will support teaching, research and outreach activity in remote and rural Australia. This places particular focus on social enterprises and Indigenous enterprises.

Finding a project

The RARE program is highly flexible. Students can take on projects through various business school units of study, through a special research unit of study, or as a stand-alone research project for higher degree research students. To see a list of units currently available, check our Get Involved page. Browse our list of available projects.