Clemente Australia, an innovative university-level program for Australians experiencing multiple disadvantage and social isolation, is founded on Earl Shorris's (2000) Clemente program in the USA.
The Program was introduced to Australia in 2003 by the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The ACU has since partnered with eleven universities across Australia to deliver the Clemente Program through those institutions. The ACU approached the Faculty of Arts, now the College of Arts, Law and Education, at the University of Tasmania in 2014, with the Program being implemented in Semester 2, 2015.
More than 800 Australians have enrolled in a Clemente Australia program and many who have completed the program with a “Certificate of Liberal Arts Studies” have continued to further education, employment and community participation. The achievement of studying at a university level has transformed the lives of many of those who are marginalised, for whatever reason, on the edge of society.