Support for Indigenous students

We offer a range of support services, so you can make the most of university and achieve your goals.

Study support

If you need study tips, feedback on an assignment or something else, we have a range of study supports in place to help. As a Deakin student, you'll have access to free, personalised sessions with mentors, Language and Learning Advisers and online group study sessions to help you build your academic skills.

Or, if you’re looking for in-depth and culturally sensitive advice, there are Academic Support Officers on-hand to excel in your studies.

Find out what study support you can access

Indigenous Tutorial Network

The Indigenous Tutorial Network (ITN) provides tutorial services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You'll be provided with course specific tutorial services to help build your confidence in the following areas:

  • assignment writing
  • referencing
  • oral presentation
  • time management
  • exam preparations.
Community wellbeing

Community wellbeing

Deakin values your cultural wellbeing and has a rich heritage with First Nations partners, building community aspirations through the NIKERI Institute. We strive to exchange knowledge respectfully, give voice to our community partners and work in a way that promotes self-determination through truth.

Pathways to study

Have you found your dream course but don’t quite meet the entry requirements? Learn more about our entry pathways, special consideration and access schemes.

Find a scholarship

Everyone should have access to higher education without limitations or battling financial hardship. A Deakin scholarship can improve your economic and social wellbeing, giving you the financial security you need to focus on your studies.

We’ve got scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as a number of other scholarships you might be eligible for, that recognise your academic merit, perseverance and dedication. Transform your future and work towards your ultimate university adventure.

Browse our scholarships and explore your options

Put your wellbeing first

We understand that your health and wellbeing is key to succeeding in your studies. We have services available to help you thrive at university, including bulk-billed medical centres for students, access to counselling services and other services designed to ensure you stay healthy and safe.

One on one support

First Nations students can access a Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) counsellor. Multiple appointments can be made with a SEWB counsellor, which are culturally safe and respectful, in person, online or by telephone.

Find out more about Deakin’s student wellbeing

Orientation brings university to life

When you study at Deakin, you’ll be joining the largest cohort of First Nations students at a Victorian university, in a space with shared cultural values and belief systems. Orientation is the perfect chance to experience it for yourself and learn more about a range of culturally specific support services that you might be interested in.

Plan your orientation experience


We deliberately use the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, First Nations, First Peoples interchangeably and in doing so acknowledge that while people have personal preferences, none of these terms are perfect and with that imperfection each carry nuanced residual forms of colonial power. This content is created with the core value of respect.

Contact us

We're here to support you. If you have any questions or want to speak to someone about your study options, you can contact us by phone or email.

NIKERI Institute

+61 3 5227 2538

Future students

1800 693 888