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Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Find out more about resources for:
Secondary school students
University students
Scholarship and mentoring programs


Secondary School Students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance Years 5 to 10
Runs STEM workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students.

Academic Enrichment Program for Indigenous Secondary School Students
The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) academic enrichment program is an innovative education program designed to enhance academic achievement for ATSI high school students, simultaneously paving the way to university.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) Years 9 to 12
AIME is a dynamic educational program that is proven to support Indigenous students through high school and into university, employment or further education at the same rate as all Australian students. AIME gives Indigenous students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to grow and succeed.

Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) Year 10
ASSETS is a nine-day residential program for high-achieving Indigenous Year 10 students with an ongoing leadership and support program to nurture students through Years 11 and 12. 

Engineering Aid Australia (EAA)
EAA is a charitable organisation whose principal aim is to encourage Indigenous secondary school students going into Years 11 and 12 to consider a career as a professional engineer. EAA conducts summer schools in Sydney and Perth in January each year, providing students with a wide range of engineering activities, site visits, and opportunities to meet employers and young engineers from sponsoring engineering companies.

Indigenous Australia Engineering Summer School (IAESS) Sydney, Years 11 and 12
Now in its 19th year, IAESS is an annual event established by Engineering Aid Australia. It provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from around Australia with the opportunity to experience engineering studies and careers.

IAESS Perth Years 9, 10 and 11
The objective of IAESS is to provide a challenging environment for Indigenous students to discover the benefits of the engineering profession, and to provide a forum for students to meet engineering role models and to gain insights into the excitement and opportunities engineering can provide to our communities.

Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School (VIEWS) Years 11 and 12
VIEWS is designed to give Year 11 and 12 Indigenous students an opportunity to experience the work of engineers, meet Indigenous engineers, discover the different pathways into engineering and explore four universities. This program is run in Melbourne but takes students from all round Australia.

Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success The Polly Farmer Foundation; Primary and secondary school students
Tuition and mentoring support for primary and secondary school students through a variety of programs and initiatives.

University Students

Career Trackers 
CareerTrackers is a national non-profit organisation that supports Indigenous university students and links them with private sector employers to participate in paid multi-year internships. Students perform their internship with a sponsoring company with the aim of converting from intern into full-time employee upon completion of their university degree. CareerTrackers also provides a wide spectrum of support to help prepare students for leadership in the workplace and the community.

Indigenous Centres at Universities
Most Australian universities have an Indigenous Centre to provide Indigenous students with a place to study, foster friendships and help them get established on campus.  Visit the Ngarara Willim Centre at RMIT in Victoria as an example of the sort of services these centres provide.

Strengthening Engagement and Achievement in Mathematics and Science (SEAMS)
SEAMS is an exciting opportunity for students to connect, interact, be inspired and discover the possibilities maths and science have to offer. The program, run in partnership with the University of Melbourne, aims to increase equitable participation and attainment in science- and maths-related disciplines in higher education.

Scholarship & Mentoring Programs

Indigenous Scholarships Portal
The Indigenous Scholarship Portal aims to facilitate access to over 847 tertiary scholarships for Indigenous students across Australia with a simple search tool and matching service.

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF)
AIEF is a private-sector-led, non-profit organisation focused on empowering Indigenous children in financial need to build a brighter future for themselves and for the nation.

AIEF provides scholarships that enable Indigenous students to attend leading Australian schools and universities, as well as mentoring and career support to ensure students make a successful transition from school to further studies or employment, productive careers and fulfilling lives.