The JCU Indigenous Education and Research Centre coordinates tutorial assistance for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students based at JCU in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island, and for those studying externally around Australia.

This Australian Government initiative aims to improve academic outcomes for Indigenous students, by providing supplementary tuition by qualified, suitable tutors.

Tutors work with our Indigenous Academic Support Advisors to accelerate learning for Indigenous students, and tuition is provided in addition to the usual teaching and learning conducted as part of each JCU subject.


To receive Indigenous Tutorial Assistance, a student must be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and currently enrolled in an award course at JCU.

How it works

Students should contact an Indigenous Academic Support Advisor for initial assessment.

Successful applicants are then matched with a suitable tutor who has the skills and knowledge of the chosen discipline in which tutoring is required.

A face-to-face meeting between the student and tutor is arranged. When a face-to-face meeting is not possible, students will be contacted by phone or email. In the first meeting, the Indigenous Academic Support Advisor will develop a Student Learning Plan, based on the learning needs of the student.

The Indigenous Academic Support Advisor will maintain constant contact with both the tutor and student to monitor their progress and feedback.