Student Support

Academic, cultural and personal support for Indigenous students.

Students outside Murrup Barak

“When I was offered the chance to study at the University of Melbourne I was overjoyed, and have been overwhelmed with the opportunities presented by Murrup Barak in connecting to other Indigenous Students in a similar position to myself in moving away from home”

The Indigenous Student Success Team is comprised of tertiary educated Indigenous Australians. The Team aims to build long term trusting relationships with students build on a cultural connection and mutual accountability. The Team holds students to a high standard and expects students to do the same to them.

The Student Success Team assist students to transition into university, successful complete their academic programs and realise their ambitions, all while maintaining and developing their cultural strength.

Currently the University of Melbourne’s success rate of graduating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is at 85% which compares favourably with the overall domestic student success rate of 87%.

The Student Success Team provide:

  • Academic support: Murrup Barak administer the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) which is a free student service to provide extra tutoring with any subject. You may also need help with problems that come up during your degree: Murrup Barak staff work closely with faculties, departments and academic boards, and can help you find solutions.
  • Financial support: The University has a number of scholarships and bursaries that are only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and Murrup Barak provides financial advice and support to students at all stages of their degrees.
  • Residential support: Murrup Barak works with the University of Melbourne colleges to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in on campus accommodation, in addition to off-campus student housing.
  • Personal Support: Murrup Barak Staff can provide you with advice at any stage of your degree and can also refer you to counselling, health services, academic skills and job searching services.
  • Connection and Community Engagement: Connection to place and the many Aboriginal Countries that the University of Melbourne is located is key to the identity and cultural strength of Indigenous staff and students. Murrup Barak has relationships with Elders and Student cultural programs are delivered by the Indigenous staff through the semester. 

Find out more about the support provided by Murrup Barak and the University of Melbourne on our current students section: