Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways run across Australia and were once the main form of travel and exchange. Pathways are not only areas of physical movement, but also places where knowledge and meaning flow.
On this page, you’ll find information that will help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in consultation with their families and communities, consider a range of options for making deadly pathways after school.
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Did you know that the Australian government provides financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking further education and training?
- ABSTUDY provides financial help to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian apprenticeship.
Did you know that there are scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people that can help pay for further education and training and/or living expenses while studying?
- The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme offers three scholarships each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to study pharmacy.
- The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme offers financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying towards an entry-level qualification in an eligible health-related discipline at an Australian university or TAFE (certificate IV and above).
- The Australian Dental Association Study Grants for Indigenous Dental Students awards five study grants each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dental students.
- Each of Queensland’s universities offers awards and scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
University & TAFE support
There are support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at TAFE Queensland and at each of Queensland’s universities.
- Australian Catholic University — the Indigenous Higher Education Units provide social, cultural, personal and academic support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
- CQUniversity — The Office of Indigenous Engagement encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to take up every opportunity for successs. This includes applying for and asking for assistance where needed. Tutoring can also be arranged for students in an undergraduate program.
- Griffith University — The GUMURRII Unit can help students choose a course of study, enrol, and apply for grants and scholarships. The university’s Hands Up! Tertiary Preparation program assists first year students to adapt to university life and improve their academic skills in a relaxed and supportive environment.
- James Cook University — The Indigenous Student Support Services unit provides financial and study support services for students.
- Queensland University of Technology — Oodgeroo Unit staff members provide one-on-one support for students who gain entry to the university through the Oodgeroo Alternative Entry Program.
- The University of Queensland — The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit provides personal and academic support services.
- University of Southern Queensland — The College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (CISER) supports students before and during their studies at the university.
- University of the Sunshine Coast — The Indigenous Services team provides a range of support services, including an orientation program, tutorial assistance scheme and Indigenous Alternative Entry Program.
Did you know that there are employment programs and support services available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait young people?
Apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships
- The Aboriginal Employment Strategy offers mentoring support and apprenticeship and traineeship services to students.
- Indigenous Cadetship Support links tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and negotiated work placements.
- Some banks such as the ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and NAB offer traineeship programs for Indigenous students.
- The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association website contains information and answers frequently asked questions about becoming a doctor.
- Nurse Info outlines career opportunities within nursing, domestically and internationally, in urban and regional settings.
- ABC Indigenous and National Indigenous Television (NITV) are committed to employing Indigenous Australians within the television and broadcasting industry. The ABC Indigenous website lists job vacancies and scholarship programs on its Job Board.
- Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous Pathways provides information about employment opportunities in the Australian Public Service (APS) for Indigenous Australians through the APS Indigenous Pathways programs for graduates, cadets and trainees.
Starting your own business
- Indigenous Business Australia provides information, loans and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people starting their own business.
Jobs and careers websites
- GenerationOne has information on mentoring, business, employment, community and education opportunities and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Indigenous Jobs Australia connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers with employers searching for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. The site also has tips on job hunting, job applications and interviews.
- The Koori Mail posts job vacancies and graduate employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- The National Indigenous Times posts job ads for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the print editions of the National Indigenous Times newspaper.
Last updated: 03-Feb-2016