Application as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student for Academic Skills Adviser support
The Academic Skills Adviser program (ASA) provides additional academic support and assistance to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a program of study at the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC).
This program is funded by the Federal Government's Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP).
Therefore, sufficient confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is required.
There are acceptable documentation/evidence items that can be used to support confirmation.
Please upload the relevant documentation when submitting your ASA request.
For subsequent applications, please select the check box in the form ‘I have already provided this information to Indigenous Services’.
UniSC accepts the following:
*information taken from UniSC FAQs - What supporting documentation does UniSC require for indigenous scholarships?
You must provide ONE of the following:
- A current Centrelink statement showing you receive ABSTUDY income support payments.
- A letter of confirmation/certificate of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Identity which recognises you as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person from an incorporated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation. This letter must contain the seal of the organisation.
- Two Statutory Declarations, one from you, and one from the Community:
- The first is a declaration from you declaring that you live as, and identify, as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
- The second is a declaration from a member of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community, declaring that they recognise and accept you as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. This person must be:
- a recognised community Elder.
- an Indigenous person who holds a position within any incorporated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community based organisation in the community you live in, or from the community you grew up in.
- an Indigenous person with local, state, territory or national recognition.
- an Indigenous worker in a school or organisation where you have been known as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student or person.
Note: People outside of the positions listed above may be able to provide you with the second statutory declaration in consultation with UniSC.
- bring/discuss all study material to each Academic Skills Adviser session eg. items in CANVAS, course outlines, semester timetable, course reader and assignment details
- work with the Academic Skills Adviser to determine study needs for each course
- agree to attend booked advising sessions on time, and provide 24 hours' notice if unable to attend
- complete an evaluation of the ASA program