Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are provided a welcoming and supportive environment one which promotes independent thinking and diversity. 

Support for Success

Western Sydney University is committed to providing a range of support services and education pathways for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.    

Western Sydney University acknowledges the Darug, Tharawal (also historically referred to as Dharawal), Gandangarra and Wiradjuri peoples and thanks them for their support of its work in their lands (Greater Western Sydney and beyond).

Western offers a range of support services including scholarships, tutoring for success and learning facilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Program

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Program at Western Sydney University is aimed at increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in undergraduate courses across all areas of study.

Whether you are currently working, unemployed, studying at TAFE or coming straight from high school, as a prospective student you are not required to have completed the HSC or any other qualifications to apply to study at Western via the program.

"Whether it be staff, students or Academics, they all aid the development of a positive learning environment where we all feel valued and listened to."

— Matilda Harry. Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)/Pathway to Teaching Primary and Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking

The Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education

The Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education was established to provide support and encouragement for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Located on each campus Badanami provides dedicated study and support facilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The services provided through Badanami include:

  • Scholarships are not only for academically gifted students or students who have financial hardship. Western Sydney University has a range of scholarships available for new and continuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
     
  • Tutoring for Success enables eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to receive free individual or group tuition with qualified tutors in specific subject areas, and in relation to academic skills such as essay writing, study techniques and research skills.
  • Learning Support is available to all Western students to help them develop various study strategies and improve academic performance.
  • Student Services & Facilities including tutorial assistance, assistance in study and learning skills, access to computers, study space, kitchen area and printing facilities.

Contact us

Call us on 1300 897 669. Email study@westernsydney.edu.au or Indigenousoutreach@westernsydney.edu.au or chat with us via the button on this page. 

Want to find out more?

Attend one of our free information evenings.