Federation Advantage

Federation Advantage recognises and awards your co-curricular activities.

Connect to volunteer and development opportunities on campus and in the wider community, and be recognised with digital badges and a letter from the Vice-Chancellor.

Stand out to employers and connect to your community.

To complete Federation Advantage you must:

  • be volunteering in your community or on campus, or working at Federation University
  • complete 12 hours of training (Bronze stage)
  • complete 20 hours of volunteering (Silver stage)
  • create and complete a project to give back (Gold stage).

Start volunteering

To get started, find an opportunity that suits you and apply directly to the organisation you’ve chosen. We’ve listed a range of volunteering opportunities in EDGE or you can find an opportunity in your community.

Not sure what opportunity is right for you? Email us at volunteer@federation.edu.au to chat about your options.

Once you’re confirmed as a new volunteer by your organisation, email our team at volunteer@federation.edu.au. We’ll register you for Federation Advantage and support you through each stage.

Already volunteering?

If you're volunteering in your community or on campus, or working at Federation University, you're probably already eligible for recognition.

Compile the details of your activities so far, including training and volunteering hours, or a project you’re completing, and email volunteer@federation.edu.au. You should also read the graduate attributes below and let us know which matches your role best.

We’ll register you for Federation Advantage and make sure your activities are recognised.

Understanding Federation Advantage

You can list Federation Advantage on your CV up to the highest stage you’ve completed. For example, Bronze Federation Advantage Award: Thinkers, and Silver Federation Advantage Award: Thinkers.

When you complete the Gold stage of Federation Advantage you will receive a letter from the Vice-Chancellor acknowledging your activity, as well as a digital badge to include on your LinkedIn.

Stages – Bronze, Silver and Gold

The Federation Advantage stages are designed to guide you through your co-curricular experience.

The Bronze stage is about learning how to perform your role. You must complete 12 hours of training or professional development.

Examples include completing the Career Accelerate Program (CAP), attending careers webinars, doing a first-aid course and being given a volunteer role induction.

The Silver stage is about actual time in the role. You must complete 20 hours of volunteering, a paid Federation University role or other leadership position.

Examples include volunteering in the community, starting a student club, becoming a Student Senate representative and working as a Student Academic Leader.

The Gold stage is about using the skills you’ve developed to make an impact.

In the Gold stage, you must design and execute a project that gives back to a volunteer organisation, community or body of students. You will need to upload a project plan, execute the project, and then reflect on how it went through a mock interview.

The Federation Award

If you complete the Bronze, Silver and Gold stages in three different graduate attributes, you will receive the Federation Award as a digital badge and at a formal FedAwards ceremony.

Graduate attributes

Your Federation Advantage activities will be recognised as part of a graduate attribute. For example, you’ll receive a ‘Gold Federation Advantage Award: Citizens’ if that is the graduate attribute associated with your volunteering activity.

You’ll use this graduate attribute to guide your reflection about the role, and to design your project at the Gold stage.


Thinkers are curious, reflective and critical. They can analyse issues, think outside the box and create new solutions.


Innovators have amazing ideas and use their creativity to achieve and inspire positive change.


Citizens engage in socially and culturally appropriate ways to advance individual, community and global wellbeing.


Communicators create, exchange and convey information in ways that help others to understand.


Leaders organise, supervise and guide others in order to make a difference.