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Indigenous Students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students


We acknowledge that our campuses are on the traditional lands of Aboriginal people, and we pay respects to their elders past, present and emerging.




Valuable Information

Scholarships are available to assist Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their studies. Torrens University and external organisations offer a range of scholarships, grants, prizes and bursaries for future and current students.

Torrens University & Think Education Scholarship Program

Scholarship Name Description Value
2021 Torrens University and Think Education  Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Costs Scholarship This scholarship seeks to support general costs associated with the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples studying at Torrens. $2500 
2021 Torrens University and Think Education  Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commencement Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to assist with start-up costs for studies.

2021 Torrens University and Think Education  Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tuition Scholarship This scholarship seeks to assist with a 50% reduction of tuition costs for selected courses undertaken in Business & Hospitality, Design or Health & Education. 50% reduction of tuition costs.

  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • Enrolled as a full-time student at Torrens University Australia.
  • Demonstrate financial hardship.
  • Ability to maintain satisfactory academic performance.

Non - Eligibility 

Students in receipt of the below assistance scholarships or loans from Centerlink (Abstudy) will not qualify for Torrens University and Think Education Scholarship Programme.

  • Student Start-up Loan
  • Relocation Scholarship
  • Residential Costs Option
  • Part - Time Student 

Key Dates
  • Submission deadline is 1 week prior to start date of each trimester.
  • Submission deadline for those students with courses that don't run on a trimester can be submitted at anytime.
  • Late applications may be accepted depending on funding availability.
  • Students will be notified of successful outcome.
  • Successful scholarship recipients will receive scholarship funds (post - census date) or equivalent dependent on course intake.

Please be aware that we have limited scholarships available, it is important to provide all required documents to ensure smooth processing of your application otherwise it will be deemed incomplete.

Assessment Process

  • Application submitted
  • Assessment panel convenes
  • Outcome
  • Notification
  • Payment Processed

Scholarship Application 

Complete the application form.

Once you have completed your application send it to us via email.

Supporting documents

  • Students must provide a personal statement outlining how the scholarship will support their studies and their involvement in community. Students must include as much information so that we can assess equally against other applications.
  • Students will also need to provide a confirmation of Aboriginality. We understand there maybe complexities around providing this document and we accept a statutory declaration to support your application. 

Other Scholarships

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National Reconcilitation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

NRW is held form 27 May to 3 June and focuses on a different theme each year.

In the lead up to National Reconciliation Week, on 26 May 2020 Sorry Day, we held a panel discussion where our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Liaison officer, Rochelle Morris, was joined by members of her family to discuss the impacts of the Stolen Generation.

“My mum Sylvia Akusah and my Uncle Richard Campbell are both survivors of the stolen generation and they shared deeply personal stories about their experiences,” Rochelle says.

“My brother Ivan, spoke about the impacts of intergenerational trauma and I think we all agreed with his summation of the key theme of the panel discussion which was that ‘education is the most important thing for our mob’.”

The moving discussion highlighted the ongoing impact government policies of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their homes and communities continues to have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison meeting

Book a 30 minute appointment to chat.

Book online


NAIDOC Week: 4 - 11 July

The NAIDOC 2021 themeHeal Country!, calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Check out SBS NITV NAIDOC Week site and Celebrating NAIDOC Week on ABC iView

We encourage you to use the #NAIDOC2021  #NAIDOCWeek or #NAIDOC hashtag when talking about NAIDOC Week on social media.

Tag the National NAIDOC Week social media accounts: Facebook - NAIDOCTwitter - NAIDOC Week and Instagram - NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC 2021 Artwork designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie Jean Douglas