Advice and Support

  • Book an appointment with an Indigenous Student Success Officer

    Please book an appointment with an Indigenous Student Success Officer through SAS

    Meet the Indigenous Student Success Team.

    The Student Success Team connects with students in a culturally safe space to provide personal academic and cultural advice and support. If problems come up in your degree or things are happening which are effecting your study, Student Success Officers can help you find and put in place solutions.

  • University Scholarships, Faculty Scholarships, College Scholarships and Murrup Barak Studentships.

    University Scholarships

    At the beginning of semester, the majority of University scholarships are allocated. To apply for these scholarships you must submit an online Student Financial Assistance Application by the closing date each year.  Please note that you can only submit an application once you are a student of the University and have a student login.

    These are administered by the Indigenous Scholarships and Awards Committee (ISAC).  By completing the Student Financial Assistance Application Indigenous applicants are automatically considered. For further information about these scholarships and bursaries, including eligibility criteria and application procedure, please click on the scholarship/bursary title.

    The University has a number of scholarships and bursaries that are only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Find out more here.

    The Jewish Holocaust Centre Wilson Family Award In Memory of William Cooper is a limited award and was established by a donation from the Jewish Holocaust Centre and Wilson Family to assist students undertaking social justice studies. Find out more about the award here.

    College Scholarships

    Many Indigenous students finance their college residential fees through ABSTUDY’s residential costs option, however there are also scholarships available at the colleges to support students who are unable to receive ABSTUDY and to help with students’ living costs. Please refer to the College’s website where you are interested in living. Applications for scholarships and /or financial assistance are made in addition to the college application and submitted directly to the college of first preference.

    Faculty Scholarships

    Each faculty through the University distributes scholarships directly to its students, in addition to the University scholarships.  For details on faculty scholarships, please visit your faculty’s website.

    Murrup Barak Studentships

    Murrup Barak delivers a studentship program each semester to assist students who have financial need. Indigenous students receive notifications in the student notices when studentship applications are open, however students experiencing financial pressure are encouraged to meet with an Indigenous Student Success Officer to discuss strategies and options to alleviate financial stress.

  • Housing

    The Team has existing relationships with the University’s accommodation services and affiliated colleges and assists with student college applications and emergency short term housing. Please make an appointment with an Indigenous Student Success Officers if you are experiencing housing issues.

  • The Student Engagement Program

    The Student Engagement Program is initiated by the Student Success Team prior to the semester and continues throughout. The Program is not compulsory and students do not face financial or academic sanctions if they do not participate.  

    The purpose of the Program is create culturally safe engagements for Indigenous students to:

    • Identify factors that may be impacting  academic goals and/or general wellbeing;
    • put in place strategies to remove or reduce the impact of these factors;
    • communicate the strategies to students by distributing an action plan at the end of each meeting and plan future meetings to with students if required;
    • ensure students are aware of the range of students services available to them.
    • increase engagement with students who may otherwise disengage from the University.

    Students who have experienced difficulties throughout the previous semester are also encouraged to meet and connect with other Indigenous staff working at the University and discuss strategies for success going forward, and this can be organised by the Student Success Team.

  • Student Spaces at Murrup Barak

    Weekly Indigenous student lunches – Wednesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm

    All Indigenous students and staff are welcome to the weekly lunches at Murrup Barak, held in the Student Common room on the ground floor of the Old Physics Building on Wednesdays through the semester.  The student lunches are an opportunity to connect with other Indigenous students and Murrup Barak staff and to keep updated with the latest opportunities available through the University.  Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options are provided -- let the Student Success Team know if you have any other dietary requirements.

    Private study and tutorial rooms.

    There are purpose built rooms for students to engage in private study, group study and tutorial sessions at Murrup Barak.  The rooms on the ground floor are available for students to use 24 hours a day.  The rooms available are:

    • ITAS tutorial rooms -  G08 and G10
    • Private study space – G09
    • Private & group study space – 110 upstairs

    Computer room with Photocopying and printing facilities

    There is a computer room, with 16 PCs, available for Indigenous students on the ground floor of Murrup Barak.  Students have access to photocopying, printing and binding facilities at Murrup Barak, all the services are available at no cost. You are able to gain access to the computer lab through student card swipe access.

    Indigenous Student Common Room

    The Indigenous Student Common Room is a meeting place for Indigenous students of the University. The Common Room has lounges, coffee and tea facilities and a digital display which allows the students to stay up to date with opportunities and important information. The Common Room is a place for students to come together with each other, friends, family and community.

    Throughout the semester fresh fruit is available in the Indigenous Student Common room along with basic breakfast food.