COVID-19 Advice for the JCU Community - Last updated: 18 October 2021, 7am (AEST)

Thinking about uni?

What support will you receive?

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

Indigenous Student Support 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.

Indigenous Academic Support Advisors

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 JCU Indigenous Education and Research Centre coordinates tutorial assistance for 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.

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.

More than just a library - services include borrowing, study rooms, copying, binding, research support, information skills training, free workshops, access to journal articles and other databases, subject LibGuides, special collections and more. Visit the JCU Library website to find out what is on offer.

The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library Liaison Officer develops, promotes and delivers library services and resources to JCU's Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and is a key contact for all students engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander study and research. Students can call or email to book an appointment.

The JCU Student Equity & Wellbeing unit provide an engaging and inclusive experience, operating across Cairns and Townsville campuses. Providing free and confidential support in student Wellbeing and Counselling, AccessAbility Services and Multi-faith Chaplaincy.

The JCU Careers and Employment Service is for all JCU students, offering career advice, action plans, job search strategies, resume checking and Linkedin profile development. Download resources and access online programs to help improve your graduate employment prospects. Search lists for part-time, casual, volunteer, vacation and graduate work opportunities.

The award winning JCU Learning Centre offers all JCU students online and face-to-face access to academic learning support. Access free workshops and short courses, download learning resources and get help with assignments, maths and statistics, exams and more through the website.

What will it cost?

If you're feeling confused or overwhelmed about what fees you have to pay and how to pay or defer them, don't worry - we're here to help. Use the Fees and Financial Support site to keep your finances in order and find out what financial support options are available.

Scholarships for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

There are a range of scholarships available for JCU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These include scholarships by study area, postgraduate research, Commonwealth scholarships and more.

Browse the full range of Indigenous Scholarships

Scholarships for JCU students

Browse the full list of scholarships available to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous JCU students.

Pathways to Study

<p 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.

<p The Summer Pre-Program is an intensive preparation program for Indigenous students. Students participating in the program will take part in academic lectures, tutorials and team-building activities. The IERC covers all travel and accommodation costs related to participating in this program.

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree. The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Tertiary Access Course (TAC) is a pathway course for mature-age students or school leavers who do not have an ATAR Score or recognised experience (must be at least 18 years old at time of application). Note this course is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Additional Information

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.

Choosing to go to university is a big step for your child or partner, and your support can make a real difference.

You are an important part of our extended JCU community, so we want to provide you with information and advice to help support your family member as they transition into university.

Information for Parents and Partners

Safety and Wellbeing - 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 Equity Contact Officers, qualified Counsellors and student support officers.

JCU students can access support to successfully combine their academic aspirations and elite sport ambitions.

JCU has been part of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program since 2013. This program provides support and flexibility for formally identified elite athlete students. Flexible options may include support with academic study loads and assessment deadlines. JCU's Elite Athlete Program aims to help students achieve success both on the sporting field and in the classroom. From business through to sports and exercise science, students can study a range of courses at JCU.

Visit the Elite Athlete Program webpage for information on eligibility, services and how to register.