Indigenous student support

Access personalised support and reach your full potential with Charles Sturt University.

We’re focused on providing you with personal, cultural, financial and educational support. Our specialised programs for Indigenous students will help you achieve your personal and professional goals in your community.

  • Indigenous Student Centres

    There are six Indigenous Student Centres at Charles Sturt campuses in Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Goulburn.

    • How to apply for a course
    • Help with costs
    • Accommodation enquiries
    • Access to computers and printers
    • Rooms for meeting and studying
    • Improving your study skills
    • Understanding your career options
    • Counselling and other support services
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events, such as NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day
    • Information on social clubs and events
    • Your participation in activities that promote higher education
    • Help to find a job
    • Opportunities to study overseas.

    If you’re studying online you can give us a call on 1800 275278 or send us an email

  • Indigenous Access Program

    Are you a school leaver or mature-aged Indigenous Australian but not sure if you meet the entry requirements to get into uni? If you answered yes, our Indigenous Access Program (IAP) is for you.

    IAP is a five-day entry program that helps you prepare for study with Charles Sturt University. Successful completion of this program will provide you with guaranteed entry into a broad range of our bachelor's degrees.

    How can IAP help me?

    During the course, you'll be able to:

    • undertake a range of assessments to determine your suitability for your chosen course
    • create a personalised pathway plan for your academic future
    • access course advice from staff
    • gain career guidance and support
    • meet other students
    • build confidence in preparing for university.

    Can I apply for IAP?

    Yes, if you're an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person wanting to gain entry into Charles Sturt University you can apply. Please note that school leavers must be completing Year 12 before they intend to start university.

    Where and when will IAP be held?

    • Wagga Wagga campus: 18–22 November 2019
    • Port Macquarie campus: 2–6 December 2019
    • Bathurst campus: 3–7 February 2020

    Places are filling up fast.

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    How much will it cost?

    Travel and accommodation will be provided and there are no associated costs for eligible New South Wales participants.

    Want more information about IAP?

    Phone: 6933 4020

  • Indigenous Access Program courses

    If you are successful in completing the Indigenous Access Program, you'll be guaranteed a place in one of the following courses.

    • Diploma of General Studies
    • Charles Sturt University Pathway

    Faculty of Science

    • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
    • Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management
    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage)
    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor, Recreation and Ecotourism)
    • Bachelor of Clinical Science
    • Bachelor of Environmental Science
    • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
    • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
    • Bachelor of General Studies (Science)
    • Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science
    • Bachelor of Medical Science
    • Bachelor of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelor of Paramedicine
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

    Faculty of Arts and Education

    • Bachelor of Education as a pathway into: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), Bachelor of Education (K-12), Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Studies), Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education), Bachelor of Outdoor Education
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Communication
    • Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Advertising and Public Relations)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) / Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media Production)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and International Studies)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies
    • Bachelor of Communication (Radio)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance / Interdisciplinary Innovation)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Design and Visual Art)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Design and Visual Art / Interdisciplinary Innovation)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (interdisciplinary Innovation)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Screen and Media)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Screen and Media / Interdisciplinary Innovation)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visualisation and Interactivity)
    • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visualisation and Interactivity / Interdisciplinary Innovation)
    • Bachelor of Human Services
    • Bachelor of Information Studies
    • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts)
    • Bachelor of Social Work
    • Bachelor of Theatre Media

    Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Science

    • Bachelor of Accounting
    • Bachelor of Business (Finance)
    • Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) - online only
    • Bachelor of Business (Industry Professional Practice)
    • Bachelor of Business (Management)
    • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
    • Bachelor of Business Studies
    • Bachelor of Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Laws
    • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Indigenous Academic Success Program

    Once you’ve started at Charles Sturt, our Indigenous Academic Success Program gives you access to tutors and learning advisers to provide extra support in your studies. You’ll be automatically included in our tutoring program, giving you an initial allocation of six hours of content-specific tutoring for each subject, each session. Our support services are free, easy to access and you can choose the type of service that suits you best.

    One-on-one advice and support

    • Tutors: You'll be eligible for one-on-one tutoring to help you understand your course content. Tutors can also help with your exam preparation towards the end of the session. You'll automatically be allocated tutors, and they will contact you at the start of session to confirm whether you'd like to take part in the tutoring program.
    • Learning Advisers (Indigenous): Our leaning advisers are also available to assist with general study skills that will be useful in all your subjects, like time management, breaking down assessment tasks and structuring your assignments.
    • Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy (ALLaN): The ALLaN team is your first point of call for general assignment feedback or workshops on a variety of topics including academic writing, study skills, assignment structure, and referencing. Workshops are held at our study centres and assignments can be uploaded directly to the ALLaN team for review.
    • Study Link: If you haven't studied in a while, or want to brush up on the basics, Study Link is for you. These short, self-paced online subjects are free for Commonwealth supported students. Check out our broad range of subjects and apply for one that meets your goals and interests.

    Student Liaison Officers (Indigenous)

    Our Student Liaison Officers (Indigenous) are on hand to help identify the services that will help with your studies, including study nights. Study nights run weekly on-campus during session and let you engage with other students. If you're an online student, you're also welcome to attend. For more information contact

  • Away From Base Grant

    The Away From Base Grant can provide you with financial assistance for meals, travel and accommodation while attending compulsory residential schools and/or professional placements.

    Eligibility requirements

    You can apply for an AFB grant if the below eligibility requirements are met:

    • you’re an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and
    • approved for one or more ABSTUDY benefits payable by Centrelink during the funding year, and
    • not currently in receipt of any other residential grants
    • undertaking an approved AFB course, including at least one of the following:
      • 4409MH Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)
      • 3314WJ Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage
      • 4418PM Bachelor of Paramedicine
      • 4415NU Bachelor of Nursing
      • 1708PQ Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
      • 1502SW Bachelor of Social Work

    Please note: the incidentals allowance is available for all Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students and is non-means tested.

    ABSTUDY assistance and support are available for all other courses of study at Charles Sturt University through the Department of Human Services. If you need more information, please call 1800 136 380 or contact your local Indigenous Student Centre.

  • Scholarships for Indigenous students

    Eligible Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and grants to help with the costs of study. There are a number of general scholarships available for Indigenous students, but also many that are only available for particular courses and campuses. Our team can help you find the scholarship that’s right for you. For more information about getting a scholarship, visit one of our centres to have a chat, email or free call 1800 275 278.

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