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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you can access a range of support services that will provide culturally-appropriate assistance and help you settle in and succeed at Curtin.

Academic tutoring

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies runs the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), a student-driven tutoring program to help you with your study and prepare for your assignments. Learn more about ITAS

Work placements at Curtin

Get valuable work experience on-campus and help prepare yourself for your career through the Aboriginal Student Placement Program (ASPP). The program runs year-round and there is a variety of casual, part-time and full-time roles available across different areas of Curtin. Get involved with ASPP

Health Sciences Indigenous student support

The Indigenous Engagement team provides a culturally secure learning environment for Indigenous students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, including navigating the transition to university, academic support and guidance, advocating on your behalf to staff and connecting with the Koorda Network. Get in contact with the Indigenous Engagement team

First Nations Department at the Student Guild

The Curtin Student Guild represents and advocates for students at Curtin, and has a First Nations Department Officer to make sure Indigenous students are well represented and supported. The Guild also collaborates with CAS on student events. Contact the First Nations Officer

Counselling services

If you have personal issues that arise during your study, you can see an Aboriginal psychologist for free at Curtin. Our Aboriginal psychologist works out of both the Counselling offices and CAS. Get Indigenous counselling services


There’s a range of scholarships available for Indigenous students. You can search all scholarships, or learn about Commonwealth scholarships available to Indigenous students.

ABSTUDY financial support

As an Indigenous student, you may be eligible for ABSTUDY payments from the government to help support you while you study. ABSTUDY can help you with your costs for education, accommodation, living, travel expenses and prescription medicines. Learn more about ABSTUDY at the Australian Government Department of Human Services website

Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS)