Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

Western Sydney University is committed to providing higher education pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who do not have a HSC or other qualification, or who have an ATAR lower than required for their chosen course, can apply to study at Western Sydney University through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program.

We accept applications throughout the year with assessment workshops scheduled in June and November.

Workshops dates are listed below:

  • Assesment dates for 2021 to be confirmed shortly.

Current assessment dates

The Pathway Program will be delivered virtually with required comprehension, essay, numeracy assessment and an interview components completed online.

Note you will need access to a computer and the internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program is an alternative entry pathway. It is a Western Sydney University initiative that aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying in all undergraduate course areas.

The program runs over 2 days. 
Day 1 includes an Essay, Comprehension assessment and a group interview with an academic within your chosen area of study. 
Day 2 includes a Numeracy assessment for applicants who require mathematics skills in their course. There is revision workshop available prior to the Numeracy assessment.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Whether you are 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 at Western via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program.

No. Applying via the program does not interfere with any UAC applications that you may have already lodged. 

Find out how to apply for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program.

Approved witnesses include:
Justices of the Peace (with a registration number)
Full time teachers
Police Officers
Note: You, a family member or a member of staff at Western Sydney University cannot witness/ certify or recognise your confirmation declaration, even if you or they belong to one of the above categories listed.

More information on statutory declarations is available through the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

Census date for Autumn Semester is 31st March.
Census date for Spring Semester is 31st August.

A certified document is a copy of an original that has been cited by a qualified person and confirmed as correct and legitimate. When you need a document to be certified you must have both the copy and original with you.

For further information, please visit Certifying Documents.

If you are unable to complete the application via the Western portal you can request a paper-based application from the Admissions Unit on 1300 668 370.

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Got questions?

Contact our Course Information Centre on study@westernsydney.edu.au, 1300 897 669, or Live Chat.