CBE Special Industry Project Course

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Mimicking the real-world consulting environment, the CBE Special Industry Project (SIP) is the first program of its kind at ANU. You will take on a consulting role in a small cross-disciplinary team setting to address current business issues, by designing, developing, and pitching your recommendations to the executives!


Due to recent events, the course is currently planned to be delivered in a hybrid learning environment with in-person and virtual activities with ACT Government Economic Development Division being the client organisation! An update will be provided closer to the start of Semester 1, 2021.

Applications are currently open until 11.59 PM, Thursday 11 February 2021.

About the CBE Special Industry Project

The CBE Special Industry Project (SIP) involves two industry partners: (1) the client organisation, who provides a business problem or opportunity, (2) the mentors from within the consulting industry, who coach each team to support the quality and applicability of the outputs, through to the final report and presentation. The academic component of the course is comprised of a series of masterclasses delivered by academic experts and industry professionals. SIP aims to facilitate undergraduate students’ development of professional skills important for their job market readiness.

This program is a high-intensity, demanding and rigorous course requiring a high level of commitment and high-quality output. Each team will be given ten (10) weeks over a semester to produce original work to devise the best solution for a given business case; the time spent analysing the business case will be intense and focused. By the end of the semester, each team is expected to produce a final report and pitch their ideas to a panel of three to five executives from the client organisation.

This program will run in Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year, and is a 6-unit elective for all ANU undergraduate students, including exchange students.

Previous Clients

  • Semester 1, 2017, students worked to address a business problem/issue for Unilever, one of the largest and most successful international product and brand management companies.

  • Semester 2, 2017, introduced a social enterprise as one of the clients, a non-profit company located in South Australia called Community Living Australia.

  • Semester 1, 2018, students worked with National Australia Bank (NAB) to assist existing government departments and come up with recommendations that will add value as the departments move towards their digital transformation.

  • Semester 2, 2018, students worked with St John Ambulance on various transformation projects to eliminate the financial and cultural pressures that has challenged it to modernise to ensure it is viable and relevant in contemporary society.

  • Semester 1, 2019, students worked with Meat and Livestock Australia on an opportunity to delve deeper into the prospects for specific red meat products e.g. breed-based (Wagyu, Angus); products with specific attributes such as higher marbling; grassfed, natural or organic, and niche or unique cuts.

  • Semester 2, 2019, students worked with Royal Australian Mint on the interplay between the use of cash (coins specifically) and the impact that this may have on the collectable coins business line over the next decade (up to 2030).

  • Semester 1, 2020, students working with Twofold Aboriginal Corporation to implement a multipurpose platform that sustains Jigamy as a regional centre for Indigenous culture through the organisation of the Giiyong Festival and related cultural and ecotourism activities.

  • Semester 2, 2020, students working with Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation to discover the capacity of Australians, and specifically Australian Public Servants and Defence Force Members, to invest in their retirement over the course of their lifetime, assigning a score-based metric which can be tracked and research the propensity of Australians, and specifically Australian Public Servants and Defence Force Members, to optimise their retirement outcomes.


This program will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • apply relevant theoretical knowledge and skills to solve a specified business problem;

  • research, analyse, evaluate and propose practical solutions to the business problem encountered by the client organisation;

  • work effectively and professionally within a team to develop practical solutions to a specified business problem;

  • communicate effectively with peers and business professionals;

  • construct a professional industry report; and

  • critically reflect upon the value of lifelong learning processes provided through the project experience.


This program is available on a competitive basis, and applicant must meet the eligibility requirements below:

  • is enrolled in an ANU undergraduate academic program or an exchange program at ANU during the semester for which the program is taken;

  • have completed a minimum of 72 units (or equivalent for exchange student) across their academic program by the time they would commerce the program;

    • Students applying for a degree transfer will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • has space in their academic program to enrol into a 6-unit course during the semester for which the program is taken;

    • After receiving your application, we will work directly with the Student Services Team from your College to ensure that you have space in your academic program to enrol into the program during the semester for which the program is taken.

    • Please note that your application will be withdrawn, regardless of the stage of application you are in, if it is found that you do not meet this requirement.

    • You are welcome to contact the Student Services Team from your College for a graduation check before your application, if you are unsure about this.

  • must NOT undertake the program (CBEA3001) and CBEA3070/ANIP3003/ANIP3005/ANIP3007/VCUG3200 concurrently.


Applications are now Open for Semester 1, 2021! Click here to apply!

Info Sessions

Information sessions will be available from late January

Contact Us

For further information about the CBE Special Industry Project, please contact employability.cbe@anu.edu.au.