Compass undertakes a series of engagements with students, teachers and parents to prepare young people for higher education. Compass is designed to build cumulative impact and includes programs to enhance educational outcomes, increase understanding of the value of higher education and promote students' educational confidence. Each of the activities is also designed to meet key learning outcomes and compliment capabilities that are identified in the National Curriculum Framework.

Compass has three areas of focus:


Compass is divided into four stages and as students' progress through school they move through the program. The four stages are Discover Year 3-6, Explore Year 7-8, Inquire Year 9-10 and Experience Year 11-12. We also provide a range of enriched enriched learning across all year levels that are designed to further develop skills, independence and participation.


The professional development program supports teachers in Compass partner schools in the various technologies and pedagogies required to implement and sustain school based activities such as filmmaking, fine motor skill development, literacy and numeracy programs.

Compass also offers subsidised access to the accredited professional development programs run through the Faculty of Education and Social Work as well as opportunities to engage with specific discipline areas to build whole-of-school capacity. Some examples include School Development Days, Music, Theatre, Science and History.


Parents are the most significant influence in a student's decisions about education and their future. Compass offers parents the chance to get to know the work of a university better, to see the range of opportunities available to their children and find out more information about pathways, scholarships and careers.

Compass works with our partner universities to offer campus visits for parents as well developing other resources that are distributed at schools and at on-campus activities.