Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student services

Each ACU campus has its own hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Indigenous Higher Education Units (IHEU) are welcoming, culturally safe and supportive places.

Indigenous Higher Education Units

At our on-campus hubs, our staff are ready to offer you academic, personal and cultural support. 

Free tutorial assistance (face to face, online or in a group), cultural activities, scholarships, networking and professional development opportunities are some of the possibilities available to our students

Each Unit also provides you with a welcoming, culturally safe space to study and meet in an environment that promotes positive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity.

Contact us

To learn more about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student services, please contact our staff at your nearest Indigenous Higher Education Unit.

Dhara Daramoolen (Earth, Spirit)

Canberra Campus

Phone: 02 6209 1222
Email: dhara.daramoolen@acu.edu.au

Find us on the Canberra Campus amenity map


Yalbalinga (Place of Learning)

Strathfield Campus, North Sydney Campus

Phone: 02 9701 4258
Email: yalbalinga@acu.edu.au

Find us on the Strathfield Campus amenity map

Find us on the North Sydney Campus amenity map

Blacktown Campus

Find us on the Blacktown Campus amenity map

Weemala (Distant View)

Brisbane Campus

Phone: 07 3861 6122
Email: weemala@acu.edu.au

Find us on the Brisbane Campus amenity map


Jim - baa - yer (To Learn - To Teach)

Ballarat Campus, Melbourne Campus

Phone: 03 9953 3004
Email: jimbaayer@acu.edu.au

Find us on the Ballarat Campus amenity map

Find us on the Melbourne Campus amenity map

Tutorial assistance

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, there is free academic tutorial assistance available to you. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your study outcomes at ACU. 

Please contact your nearest Indigenous Higher Education Unit (IHEU) for further information on how tutorial assistance can support you on your journey. Current students are able to apply for tutorial assistance after you have completed the enrolment process.

Log in to the Student Portal to request tutorial assistance

Share your knowledge with others by applying to become a paid study assistant. Study assistants will need to:

  • have the ability to form supportive, professional mentoring relationships with their students
  • be able to motivate and inspire their students in gaining academic skills and achieving success
  • show an ability to be culturally sensitive and supportive of students’ learning needs.

Your knowledge and ability to tutor others as a study assistant will be demonstrated by qualifications in higher education or through industry or professional experience.

Current university students can apply to become a study assistant provided they:

  • have a credit or higher results for subjects required for tutoring
  • are able to demonstrate good academic performance.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Study assistants are paid an hourly rate and may be assigned one or more students depending on the study assistant’s availability, the area of study, and the demand of students accessing the program.

To apply to become a study assistant, please complete our online Study Assistant Registration Form.

Succeed with us

We offer a range of tailored study options, entry pathways, scholarships and student services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

Learn more about the options available to you at ACU


“I think of the many other people who have gone before me and try to do the best every day. Our family was poor but dad and mum always looked at ways to improve our lifestyle.  We didn’t have many books at home however getting educated was always important.”
Debbie Pardon
Bachelor of Education (Primary)(Indigenous Studies) graduate and proud Mittakoodi/Gudjal/Tagalaka woman.

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