There are many support services available to you as an Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Australian South Sea Islander student at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Applying for study
- Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS) — an additional pathway to apply for study at University of the Sunshine Coast
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) —a special entry program if you require additional qualifications, or would like to experience university life before committing to a degree program.
Academic and study support
- Indigenous orientation — preparation for university as a new student.
- Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) — supplementary tutorial assistance available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
- Multicultural Affairs Tutorial Assistance Program — additional academic and study support available to Australian South Sea Islander students.
- Other academic and study support services.
Cadetships and employment
- Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) — links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with Employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and negotiated work placements.
- Employment and work-based learning opportunities - all students can access employment support through Indigenous Services.
- Buranga Centre resources—laptops, study guides, textbooks and other resources.
- Community contacts and useful links—links to Indigenous events, history and local community support services and news.
- Indigenous Services—our team supports Indigenous students and promotes Indigenous culture and education at University of the Sunshine Coast.
- Reconcilation Action Plan 2012-2014—University of the Sunshine Coast's commitment to reconciliation
- Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians—acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which the University is located.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student stories
My research is very aligned with my values, particularly in relation to Aboriginal Australia because of who I am.
Marnee Shay — Graduate Diploma in Education, 2008; Master of Education (research specialisation); Chancellor's Medallist, 2014; University Lecturer and PhD student.
USC graduate, Mason West, wins the 2015 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Minister’s Town Planning Prize for his Honours thesis.
Mason West — Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning graduate
I decided that if I really wanted to make a difference that I should not wait for someone to take up my dreams.
Vinnie Kinchela — Bachelor of Social Work student