Our partners

Whether it's sport, art, business or community, we have a connection to help with your study and career goals.

Business partners

La Trobe shares a common goal with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to support a prosperous economic and social future for our local communities. Ours is a game-changing partnership which awards annual student scholarships, fosters industry experience and employability with student placements and a graduate program to fast-track student careers.

Our partnership with this homegrown community of entrepreneurs allows us to encourage local talent, innovation and regional economic growth.

Our Bendigo Campus is also home to the Bendigo Tech School. The Victorian Government initiative is located in our new, state-of-the-art Engineering building. The tech school welcomes students from 14 local secondary schools to experience leading-edge technology and discovery-based learning. Its innovative STEAM programs feature collaborative challenges that focus on the needs of local community and enterprise.

Our partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo council includes the globally-renowned City Studio subject, which enables students to work with council, industry and community on ways to make public places more sustainable, liveable and joyful. Our Clever Weather collaboration with the council uses the Internet of Things to record the micro climates of the city via weather sensors placed throughout Bendigo, which will have implications on the way council plans for the future.

Sporting partners

Providing our expertise in exercise science and sport development we support the development of local children to lead active and healthy lifestyles with the Bendigo Junior Football Club and AFLCV. We welcome the junior league’s teams onto our campus more than 40 times a year, providing the coaches and players with opportunities to learn the latest developments in the game. Our students are embedded within AFLCV, often leading to employment when they graduate.

Supporting young people to achieve their dreams in education and sport is a natural fit with our Bendigo Academy of Sport partnership. Located on the Bendigo campus the Academy is involved with our leading academic experts and emerging student researchers throughout the university.

In our state-of-the-art strength and conditioning lab, the Academy athletes work with Sports Exercise Science students to learn how to best prepare for elite competition. Two annual scholarship are available to students for academic achievement and commitment to the Academy

The La Trobe University Bendigo Pioneers manage women’s and men’s teams competing in the top tier Under 18 AFL competition, NAB League. The teams are based on our campus and supported with; leading research into player development; one to one support by exercise science students; scholarships to maintain their education; and fitness testing to prepare for elite competition.

We're right behind our Women's National Basketball League team, in spirit and in sponsorship. The partnership also provides opportunities for our students to have an internship with the team accross a range of courses, from Health Science to Marketing, Sport Management to Human Resources.

Energy Breakthrough is Australia’s premier program for inspiring future generations into careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and creativity. More than 4000 school children travel to Maryborough in Western Victoria to participate in the five-day festival celebrating student-led innovation.

For more than twenty years La Trobe has been Energy Breakthrough’s preferred University Partner enhancing the learning experiences in the program. Our leading academic experts deliver online virtual workshops to the school teams to increase their understanding of the scientific principles used in creating their entries.

Our students and academics join the judging panels for each of the three categories helping to teach the latest developments in trials, design and construction, display and presentation.

Community partners

Bendigo Health is the largest local health provider in the City of Greater Bendigo, and the largest regional hospital in Victoria. As an expanding regional health service, Bendigo Health is a significant education and training provider of clinical placements across eleven disciplines taught at the La Trobe Rural Health School, a research partner on a range of clinical research projects, a major employer of our nursing and allied health graduates, and conjoint academic appointments delivering our nursing and allied health, and other academic programs.

Through supporting the Discovery Centre we're helping to inspire curiosity in Bendigo’s young minds. The centre aligns with our goals to foster science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics awareness, plus higher education aspirations in young people.

Each year, the region's innovators pitch their ideas to an expert panel, with the winner being fast-tracked for direct entry in the La Trobe Accelerator Program. Our association with the awards and festival allows us to invest in the region’s innovation, inventiveness and creativity.

Australasia's largest tourist tramway welcomes more than 40,000 visitors each year, rattling them through the city centre while sharing stories of Bendigo's rich history. The Victorian Heritage-listed Bendigo Tramways Depot is the oldest operating tram depot in Australia. The La Trobe-branded tram, no. 610, gives us a vibrant local presence and  lets tourists know they're visiting a university city.

Arts and Cultural partners

Grace Kelly, Ben Quilty, Sidney Nolan… they've all graced the Bendigo Art Gallery. Our students, staff and alumni are likewise VIPs. As the gallery's higher education partner, we have exclusive access to internships, mentoring, tours, talks and niche subjects.

Our students and academics rub shoulders with the nation's storytellers each year at the Bendigo Writers Festival. Our lecturers feature as speakers and interviewers in Bendigo's beautiful heritage buildings. There are plenty of opportunities for students be involved in the festival, as volunteers and through the Writers in Action subject.

One of the state's premier cultural festivals happens every second year, just half an hour from Bendigo. Here, our creative arts, business, event management and education students take part in mentoring, exhibitions, internships, research, practicums and a whole lot of fun. For more information, view the Castlemaine State Festival website.

Partner with us

For information about becoming a La Trobe partner, email us today.