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Hear what JCU's Pro Vice Chancellor for Indigenous Education and Strategy, Professor Martin Nakata has to say about guiding kids into university and helping them get through their courses.

Discover pathways and options for enrolling in a course at JCU

RATEP is an award winning community-based program which enables Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become fully qualified teaching assistants and/or registered teachers. It is offered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education and Training and TAFE Queensland North.

Eligible students who live in locations where there is a RATEP Study Centre can apply through QTAC for entry into the full-time 4-year Bachelor of Education (Primary).

For further information hear from a former RATEP participant, contact or visit the Queensland Government website.

Want to know what it's like to be a uni student? Then our residential preparatory program for high school students may be the program for you. The JCU Winter School for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students offers students in Year 10, 11 and 12 the chance to experience university life during the school holidays.

The JCU Summer Pre-program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students is a new initiative of the Indigenous Education and Research Centre (IERC), in partnership with the JCU academic Colleges. Summer Pre-program conducts pre-programs for prospective Indigenous students who have completed Year 12 QCE or HSC requirements within the current year and are seeking to gain entry into JCU.

At JCU we give you every opportunity to succeed in your studies. There are course options available for everyone, whether you are leaving high school, returning to study, or starting university as a mature-age student. You will find a degree that suits you and can be delivered at your own pace (part-time, full-time or external mode, online or on-campus). Learn more here.

Finding the right accommodation to suit your individual needs is an important step in preparing for life at JCU. Living somewhere comfortable and convenient while you are a student will improve your overall university experience, so it’s important to get it right. There are many accommodation options available to you both on- and off-campus. Our Accommodation team can help you find a place that suits your needs.

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.

Our Indigenous Academic Support Advisors are here to help you succeed in your studies and progress through your degree. Learn more here.

Studying at university is exciting and rewarding. Sometimes though, situations arise in our personal life that can affect our studies. Our Indigenous Student Support Advisors support you throughout your degree. They provide mentoring, encouragement, and a safe environment, and can help you source further information.

All JCU students can use any of the General Access and Teaching Computer Facilities (GATCF) – commonly referred to as computer labs – located on the Townsville, Cairns and Mackay campuses. There are 23 computer labs across all three campuses, including in the libraries in Townsville and Cairns. Students can access more than 700 desktop PCs and Macs. Students must use their JCU computer account username and password to login.

JCU's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services offers a comprehensive guide to general access computer labs, including locations and real-time availability, current operating systems and software, operating guides, and fault reporting.

In Townsville, the Indigenous Education and Research Centre (located in Building 301) contains a fully air-conditioned student computer lab with computers, a printer and a photocopier. The lab is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with student ID swipe card access required outside of normal business hours.