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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.

We provide admission pathways, assistance and support to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout their university journey. From admissions to graduation - including pastoral care, advocacy support, mentors and faculty staff, we can also provide referrals and tutorial assistance. 

Contact our Mana Yura Student Support Officers by phone 02 8627 8619 or email

Before you start your degree, you can join the two-week Academic Skills workshop as part of your program. 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.

Once you start, you’re also entitled to individual or group tuition each week through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Accommodation Award 

Under this award from 2017, all commencing full-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will be offered guaranteed and subsidised residency in University-owned accommodation to support your transition to both academic and city life. 

What does this Award include?

  • A guaranteed opportunity to live on campus at the Queen Mary Building or International House in your first year of uni
  • Catered and self-contained options available, with spaces in other university-owned residences subject to availability 
  • A payment of $7,728 paid directly towards the rent in your University Owned Accommodation to reduce weekly costs
  • Start-up bursary valued at $1000

Am I eligible?

You are eligible and will automatically be considered if you are a commencing 'school leaver' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and enrolled full-time. 

How do I apply?

If you are eligible, you don't need to apply. To make it as easy as possible, we'll contact you to discuss your preferences and if you would like to live on campus. 

Any questions?

For more information, you can download the University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Accommodation Award (PDF 7KB) or contact Accommodation Services on +61 2 9351 3322 or email

Study and social support

Visit the student website for information about the Mentoring Our Brothers and Sisters (MOBS) Mentoring Program, the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) and culturally safe spaces.

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."