Today’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students are the leaders of tomorrow. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates go on to professional or academic careers, making important contributions to communities, families and the knowledge of our country.
The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) commenced on 1 January 2017 and provides supplementary funding to universities to help students take on the demands of university and succeed. Universities can offer scholarships, tutorial assistance, mentoring, safe cultural spaces and other personal support services. The flexibility of the ISSP assists universities to tailor their services to match student needs.
ISSP funding is particularly prioritised towards the support of Indigenous students who are financially disadvantaged and/or from remote and regional areas.
Universities receive ISSP funding based on enrolments, unit success rates and course completions of Indigenous students. A special loading also recognises the additional costs associated with assisting Indigenous students from regional and remote areas.
Applications for new ISSP scholarships should be directed to the Scholarships Office or Indigenous Higher Education Units at the institution where the student intends to study. Any application for a new scholarship must include information on any other scholarship or financial assistance potentially or already received.
Higher education providers are expected to advise eligible students of their scholarship value, duration and method of payment prior to the start of semester. Other Government support such as the Centrelink Residential Cost Option, Relocation Scholarships or Student Start-up Loans may impact ISSP eligibility. Providers are expected to advise students where eligibility may be impacted. Late or incomplete student applications may lead to delays in scholarship advice or payment.
Providers must record the offer and award of ISSP scholarships in the Higher Education Information Management System.
Students who were in receipt of an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship in 2016 or earlier may be eligible to receive a Preserved ISSP scholarship under transitional ISSP arrangements.
The Indigenous Student Success Program is administered under Part 2-2A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2016 . An explanatory statement is available to assist interpret the guidelines.