Aboriginal Youth

Smart and Skilled

Eligible Aboriginal students are entitled to fee-free government subsidised training in priority skill areas, up to and including certificate III, with approved training providers. Subsidised training is also available for higher qualification levels. Visit the Smart and Skilled website for details.

Scholarship, work and study opportunities

Indigenous Scholarship Portal. Here you will find a list of scholarships available for Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander students currently studying at, universities, TAFEs or registered training organisations (RTO’s).

The Aurora Education Foundation supports high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to attain academic excellence at some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust for students to study at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge.

IYLP – Indigenous Youth Leadership Program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students living in remote or very remote areas of Australia to attend a high performing secondary school (government and non-government, day and boarding) and/or university to complete Year 12 and/or an undergraduate degree.

GO Foundation Metropolitan Sydney region. Scholarships include financial assistance of $2,500 per year for educational needs for Years 11 and 12, and access to the GO Ecosystem where students receive access to mentoring, homework support, internships, work experience and other opportunities.

Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP)

IYMP offers young Indigenous people from rural and remote communities the opportunity to move to a host location and participate in further education, training or Australian apprenticeships. IYMP addresses the barriers to training, employment and education and provides holistic support to young Indigenous people whilst engaged in the project.

The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA)

NASCA utilises the power of structured sporting and culture programs to harness the educational, employment and health aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES)

Matching the right career seekers to the right opportunities, AES supports a broad range of activities that are responsive to the needs of employers, Indigenous Australians and their communities.

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

These Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships will support regional and remote students to undertake STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) studies. The scholarships will be for vocational education, undergraduate and postgraduate students (certificate IV to PhD).

Educational Access Schemes (EAS)

Australian Aboriginal young people may apply for special consideration under the specific schemes at each university, and/or under the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) scheme. Check your preferred university website for their scheme.

Supporting Aboriginal students at TAFE and University

TAFE NSW, Registered Training Organisations (RTO) and universities have programs and policies to facilitate access by Aboriginal students and to cater for their needs once they have enrolled.

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