Away From Base (AFB) is a national program which is a practical option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

About this program

AFB involves studying via online learning combined with intensive residential blocks twice a semester. Tutorial support is offered free of charge in face-to-face, online or group tuition sessions, or a combination of delivery modes.

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

Bachelor of Business Administration (Away From Base)

Read more about the Bachelor of Business Administration (Away From Base) on the course browser

For further information, contact the Sydney Indigenous Higher Education Unit

Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous)

Read more about the Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous) on the course browser

For further information, contact the Brisbane Indigenous Higher Education Unit

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Read more about the Bachelor of Education (Primary) on the course browser

For further information, contact the Sydney Indigenous Higher Education Unit

Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)

Read more about the Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) on the course browser.

For further information, contact the Indigenous Higher Education Unit

Master of Educational Leadership (Indigenous Leadership)

Read more about the Master of Educational Leadership (Indigenous Leadership) on the course browser

For further information, contact the Sydney Indigenous Higher Education Unit

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.

As proof of confirmation, 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, get in touch with your nearest IHEU.

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