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These awards are designed to reward and encourage Indigenous students’ efforts to persist and succeed. The celebration provides an inspiring showcase to other Indigenous students and to our many supporters across the JCU community, the Indigenous community, across education, Industry and government sectors, and the community at large.

Celebrating the history marking the Mabo decision with an annual public commemorative presentation.

Information for Families

We understand choosing the right university for your son or daughter is an important decision, not only financially for the family, but also for their safety and wellbeing.

Our Indigenous Student Services team are here to help you succeed in your studies and progress through your degree with both academic and pastoral advisors.

The Indigenous Student Support Advisors provide mentoring, encouragement and a safe environment, and can help you source further information such as:

  • Accommodation Options
  • Managing finances, including contacting Centrelink
  • Applying for scholarships
  • Working through stress and anxiety
  • Maintaining personal health and wellbeing
  • Accessing services on campus, and
  • Staying focused on your passion and direction.

The Indigenous Academic Support Advisors have an in-depth understanding of the challenges students usually face during their higher education studies, especially students from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. They will also help with:

  • Academic coaching, such as tutoring
  • Helping you develop strategies to identify areas of improvement in your studies
  • Staying on track with your studies
  • Supporting you to create an effective study plan, and
  • Suggesting alternative ways to improve your academic progress.

The Indigenous Student Services team are available for all our students, whether you are studying in Cairns or Townsville, at a regional study centre, or as an off-campus (external) student.

The JCU Student Association represents the interests of all JCU students. Membership is voluntary and entitles you to discounts at food outlets on the Cairns and Townsville campuses, and at campus gyms, and many other great deals. Follow the JCU Student Association on Facebook or visit their website for more information.

There's a wide range of accommodation options for JCU students. Find out about living on campus, sharing a private rental, short-term stays and homestays. Read more on the JCU Accommodation website or download the Student Accommodation Guide.

All members of JCU have the right to feel welcome, respected and safe. JCU offers on-campus security services to help ensure the safety of students and staff, as well as qualified Counsellors, and student support officers.

These residential preparatory programs offer high school students a chance to find out what going to university like, and will prepare your child for their first year of tertiary study. They'll already be one step ahead when they start their degree.

Find out more about the Summer Pre-program and Winter School.

Search JCU's comprehensive database for local, regional and Australian scholarships, bursaries and financial support programs. Find out about Commonwealth Scholarships for Indigenous Australians, seek additional financial support, or talk to a scholarships team member.

JCU has developed a guide for parents and partners of new students, which you can view here.