Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program is an alternative entry pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Whether you are working, unemployed, studying at TAFE, or coming straight from high school, this program is an option for you.

The Pathway Program assessments and Academic Consultation will be available both on-campus and online.

We accept applications throughout the year with assessment days scheduled in June (mid-year commencement), August (2024 commencement) and November (2024 commencement).

Upcoming assessment rounds:

  • Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 June 2023
  • Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August 2023
  • Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2023

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Apply Now to complete your application. 

If you are applying to study one of the following degrees, please email WesternEngagement@westernsydney.edu.au for a paper based application form:

  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

The completed application form must be submitted to admissions@westernsydney.edu.au

Note: In the 'Entry Pathways' section of your application please ensure you select yes to “Would you like to be invited to attend the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program testing and assessment days?”

Please note the Doctor of Medicine is a separate pathway. For more information contact the School of Medicine via email at IndigenousFutureDr@westernsydney.edu.au

Assessment dates: 

  • Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 June 2023
  • Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August 2023
  • Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2023.

After you apply for the program, you will receive an email inviting you to confirm your participation four weeks prior to the assessment dates. 

Note: you will need access to a computer and the internet to complete these assessments.

In order to help you prepare for your Literacy and Numeracy assessment, we have developed the useful resources below:

Western Sydney University requires the following documentation to be provided by those entering through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program by Census Date.

  • A certified copy of your confirmation of identity from a registered Community Organisation (e.g. Land Council) with a common seal confirming a person to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

If you are unable to provide the above, you will need to supply a self-declaration statutory declaration along with one of the following:

  • Supporting documentation in the form of a genealogy document (such as Linkup NSW)


  • A letter of support using the Western Sydney University Community Confirmation Declaration form or a letter on official letterhead by a recognised community member or organisation (such as Aboriginal Medical Service, High School Principal, Aboriginal Education Consulting Group, Family and Community Services, Aboriginal Housing or other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander incorporated corporation).
Please note that the letter of support cannot be supplied by a current staff member of Western Sydney University. 
Supporting documents should be lodged to the Admissions Unit by email to admissions@westernsydney.edu.au

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Frequently Asked Questions

The program runs over 2 days. 

Day 1 includes an essay, comprehension assessment and an interview with an academic within your chosen area of study. 

Day 2 includes a numeracy assessment for applicants who require mathematics skills in their university degree.

Click here to see which assessments your university degree requires.

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

Approved witnesses include:

  • Justices of the Peace (with a registration number)
  • Magistrates
  • Doctors
  • Full time teachers
  • Solicitors
  • Pharmacists
  • 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 (start of year enrolment) is in March 2023.

Census date for Spring Semester (mid-year enrolment) is in August 2023.

A certified document is a copy of an original document 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.

Hear from our students

Hear from one of our students, Kayden about why he recommends the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathway program.

Need assistance?

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