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Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Tap into a network of learning and social support

We offer culturally safe study spaces, academic workshops and ongoing private or group tuition.

Culturally safe spaces

The Old Teacher’s College on the Camperdown Campus offers a supportive study environment with computer access, printing and photocopying facilities, a common room and kitchen facilities, a tutorial room, photocopying, printing, and computer access. The research library housed in the Old Teacher's College is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

On Cumberland Campus (Faculty of Health Sciences), the Yooroang Garang Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Centre has two study rooms, a student kitchen and lunchroom, 12 computers, photocopying and printing facilities.

Koori Centre

Room 219A, Level 2 (Ground Floor)
Manning Road, Old Teachers College Building

Yooroang Garang

Level 4, T Block
East Street, Lidcombe

Access tutoring 

When you start your degree, you can join the two-week Academic Skills workshop. You’ll learn time management, academic writing, research and critical thinking skills, and you get to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Cadigal program entrants are automatically pre-enrolled in the course.

You’re also entitled to access up to four hours of individual or group tuition each week through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS).

The best part about ITAS is that it’s not just for those times you’re having difficulties – you can take advantage of it throughout your degree.

Once you apply, you’ll be matched with a tutor who meets with you for an agreed amount of time each week.

Please note: no tutoring can commence until approval has been given by the ITAS Coordinator.

For more information about ITAS, including eligibility criteria and how to submit your forms, contact Freda Hammond, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Officer (ITAS).

Become an ITAS tutor

Keen to pass on your skills and experience? Why not become an ITAS tutor yourself. You'll get paid and have something great to put on your resume.

If your application is approved, you'll be added to our database. Once you've been matched with a student or group, we'll send you a contract listing the subjects for which you will provide tutoring, pay rate, contract dates and maximum hours.

Your contract will be for two hours per subject per week from the start of the tuition for the remainder of either the semester or year.

If you're interested, you can take a two-hour cultural competency training session during semester.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Guide

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Freda Hammond

ITAS Co-ordinator
+61 2 8627 8650
Level 5 Jane Foss Russell Building G02

Adam Ridgeway

"The most important thing I've realised is that tutoring is not for people who are failing. It is for people who want to achieve and perform at a higher level than they currently are. ITAS has been crucial for me in reaching, maintaining and pushing my results."