Indigenous Academic Success

Deakin University is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success. To work with students towards this goal we have a number of services that students can engage with to develop their academic skills.

Indigenous Tutorial Network (ITN)

The Indigenous Tutorial Network provides tutorial services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Deakin University. The ITN program is funded by the Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) within the National Indigenous Australians Agency. We use the funds to employ qualified tutors to provide academic support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Deakin University.

Student Information

Available Support

Eligible students can receive 2 hours of tutorial support per unit, per week. This support focuses on:

  • Academic writing skills
  • Referencing support
  • Assessment planning
  • Content-specific feedback on assessment
  • Consolidating understanding of unit content material

Tutorial support does not include:

  • Writing or directly editing students work
  • Assessing work
  • Advocacy on students behalf

Tutors can be arranged for online sessions, on-campus sessions or in your local community if you study online or away from base.


To be eligible to access the ITN Program students must meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Be enrolled in a recognised course or unit at Deakin University

How to Apply

To apply for an ITN Tutor for a unit please fill out the online form below.

You will need to apply for a tutor for each unit you would like tutorial support for in each trimester, and the term of the support will be limited to the trimester.*

*This applies to courses that land in the trimester format. If your course does not other provisions shall be made.

ITN Student Request Form

Tutor Information

What does Tutoring Involve?

As an ITN Tutor, you will be a part of a team working with the students towards the goal of academic success. Below are some key roles and responsibilities of an ITN Tutor. Broader details of these roles and responsibilities will be better explained through induction material after your employment is finalised.

Coaching Academic Skills

  • Provide advice on sentence and paragraph structures.
  • Provide advice on assessment structure (for example, essays, literature review, or memorandum).
  • Provide advice on referencing and paraphrasing.
  • Help break down assessment task questions, referring back to the assessment task rubric.
  • Support developing plans to complete assessment tasks on time.

Engagement with Unit Content

  • Check-in with student’s progression through unit materials and access to online resources.
  • Consolidate student's understanding of unit content.
  • If  there is confusion around unit content, defer the student to the lecturer for advice.

Using Relevant Resources

  • Use up to date resources as reference material in tutoring sessions (For example, the Deakin referencing guidelines found on the website, or the Student Learning Advisor’s guides to academic writing skills).

What is not in your role?

  • Undertake research for the student.
  • Edit or rewrite student work.
  • Type draft essays.
  • Any other activity that could reasonably be conducted by the student or that could compromise the originality of the student’s work.


If you are tutoring regularly with a particular student, the tutoring schedule is arranged between yourself and the student. If you are tutoring into the intensive mode of delivery that is hosted by the Institute of Koorie Education we will book appointments for you.

Cultural Understanding

This program is working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and there is an expectation that you will act in a culturally understanding practice. While you do not have to identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to be an ITN tutor, it is preferable that you will at least have experience working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, or willing to educate yourself appropriately.

How much work is available?

There is an allocation of 2 hours of tutorial support per unit per week that is available to each student. This is the maximum and we are aware that you may not be able to fulfill all those hours so we are thankful for any support you are available to give the student. If the student requests more time or you believe more time is required, please inform the Student Learning Coordinator and develop a study plan. While the students have 2 hours per unit per week available to them this is not a guarantee of work as a tutor. Tutors are employed as casual staff and are engaged on a needs basis and the hours allocated to the student is for them to use with tutors that will best support them. The rate for tutoring in the ITN program is $50 per hour for one on one tutoring.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in becoming an ITN tutor you will need to fill out the form below.  You will also need to upload a current resume with qualifications.

ITN Tutor Application Form

The process from the application to tutoring is:

  • Complete ITN Application Form
  • Phone interview with Student Learning Coordinator
  • Fill out a Newstarter form that will be sent to your email address from our HR team and attach appropriate documentation including:
    • Identification (Current Australian Passport, or Current Drivers License and Birth Certificate)
    • Working With Children Card, state equivalent or teacher registration (VIT or equivalent)
  • HR will process your employment
  • You will receive login details and induction materials
  • You can begin tutoring with students when the Student Learning Coordinator connects you with students

An application is not a guarantee of employment. An application can be stopped due to a number of various reasons. The outline above is simply an indication of a normal successful process.

Forms & Links

For any questions you may have contact the ITN Team.

Phone: 03 5227 3803


Academic Support Officer

The Academic Support Officer will guide you to develop the necessary study skills to excel in your course. They will help you prepare for assessments as well as further develop your abilities to write, plan, take effective notes and remember important details. They can also be a point of contact to refer you to other services provided by Deakin University to help you reach your academic goals.

With the support of the Academic Support Officer you can:

  • Understand your assessment tasks.
  • Gain feedback to help you plan, write and revise your work.
  • Develop strategies to help you improve and develop your study skills.

You can sign up for one-on-one and small group sessions or attend workshops on areas of need that have been selected by your lecturers. When you’re back home, you can email or call for feedback on assessment tasks and study skills.

There are four ways you can make the most out of your time with the Academic Support Officer:

  1. Bring or send your assignment question and your draft so far (if you’ve got one). It doesn’t matter what stage you are up to!
  2. Bring or send your unit guide and any assessment instructions.
  3. Decide which section of your work you want to focus on, such as referencing, assessment structure or finding the right information.
  4. Make a list of questions you have about your assignment.

To contact the Academic Support Officer you can email

Deakin Academic Support

Deakin University offers a number of academic support services available to students for academic support. This can include:

  • Maths tutors
  • HDR
  • Academic skills guides
  • 30 minute skype appointments with Deakin Language and Learning Advisors
  • Writing and Maths mentors
  • 24 hour response to referencing and quick study skills tips.
  • 24 hour/7 days a week service for online tutoring. Written feedback is provided within 24 hours via Smart Thinking.

For more information on these services check out this website link below.

Deakin Academic Support

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