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Indigenous Access Scheme

Find a course you love and take the next step towards your dream career by applying through the Indigenous Access Scheme.

Your pathway to success

The Indigenous Access Scheme is a pathway to undergraduate study that recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. By looking beyond your ATAR and academic results to consider all the skills, experience and community work that make you unique and prepare you for study, we can reward your hard work with a place at university. Here’s how it works:

Choose a course

There are over 30 courses available through the Indigenous Access Scheme, all shaped and taught by industry leaders. Use our course finder to find a course that matches your passions.

Apply online

Complete our online application form to apply. After submitting your application, we’ll guide you through the next step, which gives you the opportunity to tell us about the skills and experience that demonstrate your readiness for study.

Achieve your best

When you’re ready to start at Deakin, we’ll give you the support you need to achieve your goals, including study coaches, career planning and health and wellbeing services.

Explore courses

Choose your course from a wide range of study areas, including business, arts, the environment, science, sport and more. Deakin courses are designed by industry leaders and all courses are undergoing a transformation process to embed Indigenous Knowledges and perspectives, ensuring our teaching meets the needs of all students in a contemporary Australian society.

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Course name Course start dates Campus/location
Bachelor of Arts Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds
More Info
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of International Relations Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Biomedical Science Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds
More Info
Bachelor of Business Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waterfront,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waterfront
More Info
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waterfront
More Info
Bachelor of Creative Writing Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Criminology Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Design (Architecture) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Warrnambool More Info
Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waterfront
More Info
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Trimester 1 (March) Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus),
Community based delivery
More Info
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management & Sustainability) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Warrnambool More Info
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife & Conservation Biology) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds
More Info
Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Health Sciences Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Information Technology Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of International Studies Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waterfront,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Nutrition Science Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood More Info
Bachelor of Psychological Science Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July),
Trimester 3 (November)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood,
Waterfront,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds,
Online (Cloud campus)
More Info
Bachelor of Science Trimester 1 (March),
Trimester 2 (July)
Burwood,
Waurn Ponds
More Info
Bachelor of Sport Development Trimester 1 (March) Burwood More Info

How to apply

Applying is simple and we’ll support you every step of the way. Complete the online application form to get started.

Get support with your application

Get support with your application

If you’d like help choosing a course or starting your application, get in touch with our admissions team by email.

Email the team

What you can look forward to at Deakin

When you study at Deakin, you’ll be joining the most satisfied university students in Victoria* and the largest cohort of First Nations students at a Victorian university. Here are just a few of the reasons why students thrive at Deakin on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Access a range of culturally specific support services, including orientation, tutoring, mentoring and financial support, as well as social and emotional wellbeing services.
  • Our focus on practical learning, industry exposure and training in world-class facilities prepares you to make a confident transition into your future career.
  • Find a career you love at every stage of your life with lifetime support from DeakinTALENT – Australia's #1 careers service^.

We can’t wait to welcome you onto campus in 2022

You can look forward to learning, meeting friends and having fun in our world-class facilities. Digital learning will complement on-campus teaching in 2022, adding flexibility to your studies and enhancing your digital skills.

NIKERI Institute

In addition to the Indigenous Access Scheme, NIKERI Institute also offers alternative entry pathways into its community-based delivery mode, which has supported over 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to obtain qualifications while staying connected to their communities.

Find out more about the NIKERI Institute

Indigenous Entry Scheme

Pathways also exist for Indigenous Australians applying for courses that lead to in-demand jobs.

If you’re interested in studying one of these courses, you can find out more on our Indigenous Entry Stream page.

Scholarships

While applying for special consideration, you should also check for scholarships you might be eligible for.

Browse all scholarships

Footnotes and image credit

* Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2021 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
^ Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 winner

Banner artwork: 'Learning Together, Growing Together' created by Nathan Patterson.

Contact us

Our experts are available to speak to you one-on-one about your course and career options, scholarships and pathways into Deakin.

Deakin Student Administration – Admissions
Email the Admissions team