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?

Student Development Advising program aims to:

  • Initiate thinking of your educational and personal goals
  • Discuss what it means to be a university student and promote opportunities for you to enrich your learning experience.
  • Identify your individual strengths and constraints as well as defining appropriate strategies and supports for maximising opportunities to succeed at university.
  • Identify and develop appropriate learning and help seeking behaviours
  • help you to make use of all appropriate university support services
  • 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, operating hours & drop in times


CampusOperating Hours
Melbourne (Bundoora)Thomas Cherry Building
(next door to Subway)
Semester Hours:
Monday - Friday       9.00am - 5.00pm
*Except Tuesday     11.00am - 5.00pm
BendigoStudent Services Reception
(ENG 2.30)
Monday -Tuesday         9.00am - 5.00pm
SheppartonStudent ReceptionWednesday - Thursday 9.00am  - 5.00pm
City (Collins St)
Book a phone or online appointment*

Monday - Friday           9.00am - 5.00pm

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
BendigoLibraryTuesday                  12.30pm - 2.00pm
SheppartonStudent LoungeThursday                 11.30 pm - 12.30 pm
Friday                      11.30 pm - 12.30 pm
Out of SemesterMelbourne
Thomas Cherry Building
(next door to Subway)
Monday - Friday      11.00 am - 3.00 pm