Student Development Advising Program

What is the Student Development Advising (SDA) Program?

La Trobe is committed to helping you get your head around university life and study by providing you with individualised guidance from our Student Development Advisers (SDAs).

The SDA Program can link you up with a wide range of university resources, and may equip you with the tools and skills you need to help you progress through your degree. No problem is too small.

Who are the SDAs?

SDAs service all students via:

  • face to face
  • online or
  • telephone appointments.

What can the SDA program do for me?

Your SDA works with you when you aren’t sure where to go or whom to ask for help. They will:

  • help you to make use of all appropriate university support services
  • help you to develop critical skills that will support you throughout your studies and future professional life
  • help you set goals
  • help manage your time
  • help you learn how to study effectively
  • help you to use resources and skills that will serve you all through your university journey and beyond.

SDAs support current students at all campuses, either face to face or online.

How to book an appointment:

Students can book for an appointment by:

Locations and operating hours


LocationCampusOperating Hours
Melbourne (Bundoora)Thomas Cherry Building
(next door to Subway)
Semester Hours:
Monday - Friday       9.00am - 5.00pm

*except Tuesday  11.30am - 5.00pm

Out of Semester Hours:
Monday - Friday       10.00am - 4.00pm

*except Tuesday  12.00pm - 4.00pm
BendigoStudent Services Reception
(ENG 2.30)
Monday -Tuesday      9.00am - 5.00pm
SheppartonStudent ReceptionThursday - Friday      9.00am  - 5.00pm
City (Franklin St )
City (Collins St)
Book a phone or online appointment*Monday - Friday       9.00am - 5.00pm

*except Tuesday   9.00am - 2.30pm

*On-campus visits to Regional campuses and City campuses will be scheduled throughout 2017.

Drop In Appointments

University PeriodCampusLocationDrop In Times
During Semester Melbourne
Thomas Cherry Building
(next door to Subway)
Monday - Friday       9.00 am - 5.00 pm

*except Tuesday  11.00 am - 5.00 pm
BendigoLibraryThursday                  1.00 pm - 2.30 pm
Friday                      1.00 pm - 2.30 pm
SheppartonStudent LoungeThursday                 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Friday                     1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Out of SemesterMelbourne
Thomas Cherry Building
(next door to Subway)
Monday - Friday      10.00 am - 4.00 pm

*except Tuesday  11.00 am - 4.00 pm

Monday 30 Jan

10.00 12.30  & 1.00 – 2.30 pm

Tuesday 31 Jan

11.00 - 12.30  & 2.30  – 4.00 pm

Wednesday 1 Feb 1.00  – 2.30 pm

Thursday     2 Feb 10.00  – 11.30 am

Friday          3  Feb 1.00  – 2.30 pm