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Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Tap into a network of learning and social support

We offer culturally safe study spaces, academic workshops and ongoing private or group tuition.

We provide admission pathways, assistance and support to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout their university journey — from admissions to graduation. This includes pastoral care, advocacy support, mentors and faculty staff; we can also provide referrals and tutorial assistance. 

Contact our Mana Yura Student Support Officers by phone 02 8627 8619 or email

Before you start your degree, you can join a two-week academic skills workshop as part of your program. You’ll learn time management, academic writing, research and critical thinking skills, and you get to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Gadigal Program entrants are automatically pre-enrolled in the course.

Once you start, you’re also entitled to individual or group tuition each week through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS).

Indigenous student Mitchell Gibbs discusses his academic journey

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Accommodation Award 

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commencing and full time students are encouraged to apply. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Accommodation Award offers a rent subsidy that will reduce the weekly rent to $50 per week in to nominated University owned accommodation facilities.

What does this award include?

  • A guaranteed opportunity to live on campus at the Queen Mary Building in your first year of uni.
  • Catered and self-contained options available, with spaces in other university-owned residences subject to availability.
  • Payment directly paid towards the rent in your nominated preference within University-owned housing, reducing your rent to $50 per week.
  • Start-up bursary valued at $1000.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible and will automatically be considered if you are a commencing 'school leaver' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and enrolled full-time. 

How do I apply?

If you are eligible please submit an application directly to the University-owned accommodation provider of your choice. Eligible applicants will be notified.

Any questions?

For more information, you can contact accommodation services on +61 2 9351 3322 or email

Study and social support

Visit the student website for information about the Mentoring Our Brothers and Sisters (MOBS) Mentoring Program and the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS).

Culturally safe spaces

Our culturally safe spaces located at our Camperdown and Cumberland campus (Sydney School of Health Sciences), include a student/staff common room with kitchen facilities, study rooms, photocopying, a fully equipped computer lab, tutorial rooms and access to student support staff.

The Wingara Mura Research Library, at the Camperdown campus, provides further support to your studies, including a comprehensive collection of resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and affairs and an additional study space.

Wingara Mura Research Library

The Wingara Mura Research Library was established around 1992 as the Koori Centre Research Library and started with a small collection of resources for the use of block mode students. The library has now grown to a library which holds a unique collection consisting of nearly 7000 items relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and affairs, including rare and out of print materials.

The library provides other services including access to local and Indigenous newspapers, photocopy and printing facilities and a quiet study area, as well as an on-site librarian to help you the items you need. Please note: this is a research library only, and items are not available to borrow or take off-site. Download the Wingara Mura Research Library brochure (pdf, 196.1KB).

Mia Walsh

Mia Walsh
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
“The support programs allowed me to experience University life, explore my study field of law and make life-long friends. The ongoing support for Indigenous students through is the best thing about coming to the University.”
Gadigal Program