Away From Base Courses

The Away From Base (AFB) programs are a practical option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

AFB involves studying via online learning combined with intensive residential blocks twice a semester. Tutorial support is offered free of charge, as close as practicable to the student’s home base.

Government funding supports the travel, accommodation and meal costs for AbStudy compliant students participating in the intensive block.

Prospective Indigenous students may apply by direct entry to one of the listed undergraduate programs currently on offer at ACU.

Courses available in Away From Base Mode

Associate Degree in Business Administration (Indigenous Studies)

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous)

General Course Requirements:

  • Attend a one week Intensive (may be extended due to course requirements) at the start and end of each semester with the remaining study via multi modal study
  • AbStudy Compliant: Applied for or in receipt of AbStudy Allowance or AbStudy Incidentals Allowance
Confirmation of Aboriginality is required to attend these courses.

One of the following documents must be produced by the applicant:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginality (Certified by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander  organisation)
  • Statutory Declaration confirming Aboriginality (Signed by the applicant and certified by a qualified person)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are supported by the Indigenous Higher Education Unit (IHEU) staff at each campus. For further information contact your nearest IHEU.