Higher education

The Department helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to undertake university studies.

The Indigenous Student Success Program funds universities to offer scholarships, tutorial assistance and other support, often provided through Indigenous Higher Education Units. You should contact universities to see what support the Indigenous Student Success Program can offer.

The Indigenous Student Success Program commenced on 1 January 2017 and replaced the former Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships Program, the Indigenous Support Program and tutorial assistance previous offered under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (formerly known as Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme – Tertiary Tuition).

In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking university studies by distance can be assisted by Away From Base mixed mode delivery activities under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. Away From Base is also paid to universities and can assist eligible students in particular courses meet the costs of travel, meals and accommodation for blocks of study or assessment which are required to be undertaken on campus.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people seeking assistance to undertake university studies should also contact the Department on Human Services on the Indigenous Australians help desk 1800 136 380 or explore entitlements under the ABSTUDY scheme.

Universities provide data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education students through the Department of Education and Training.

More Information

See the Indigenous Student Success Program page for more information on higher education programs assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

On Monday 13 February, the Prime Minister hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Professionals. More information is available here.

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