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Oodgeroo Unit

The Oodgeroo Unit is our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support centre, committed to developing better access to university education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and promote higher levels of participation in tertiary education.

About us

The Oodgeroo Unit is QUT's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success unit, providing admission pathways and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our major responsibility and commitment is ensuring pathways to higher education and academic success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, providing more opportunities to participate and succeed in higher education. We do this by:

  • assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people to enter University
  • providing our student’s academic, personal and cultural support throughout their degree
  • providing a visible cultural presence at QUT
  • engaging in community events, representing QUT
  • promoting real world opportunities for our students.

Our space, your place

We provide a range of facilities and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander students across both campuses, including:

  • student common rooms that include a kitchenette and mobile device charging stations
  • 24 hour computer lab access
  • printing, binding and photocopying
  • private study and tutorial spaces
  • administration support to help you complete your degree
  • cultural support and friendly environment
  • opportunities to collaborate and interact with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from different study areas and campuses.

Study with us

We are proud to have over 850 students enrolled at QUT who study across all Faculties.

We have students come to study at QUT from all areas of Queensland, the Torres Strait, and surrounding regional and interstate areas including ACT, NSW and NT.

How to apply

We're committed to offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to reach their goals through higher education.

The Centralised Assessment and Selection Program (CASP) is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wanting to study an undergraduate degree at QUT.

We encourage our future students to apply for admission to QUT via this program.

Apply through CASP

Help with your study

We offer programs and support to help you with your study, including tutoring and assistance in applying for scholarships and bursaries available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Tutoring

The Commonwealth Government funds the Keystones of Success: Supporting our Future Leaders program, which provides additional hours of tuition and study support to Indigenous students.

Keystones of Success program

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries specifically tailored for Indigenous students.

Browse scholarships

Orientation program

Our Pre-Orientation Program (POP!) program is a series of academic and cultural activities and programs designed to introduce you to the Oodgeroo Unit and QUT.

The Pre-Orientation Program (POP!) runs the week before QUT's Orientation Week and is designed for you to organise your enrolment, timetable, student ID Card and attend informative sessions to help you to get ready for your student journey.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was and continues to be recognised as one of Australia’s leading literary figures, who used her pen to give voice to the Indigenous struggle for rights and justice.

History

Established in 1991, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Unit began providing support for QUT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

In 1996, QUT recognised the profound contribution to Australian history by artist Oodgeroo Noonuccal by renaming the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Unit in her honour.

Success stories

We're proud of our current students and alumni, and to have contributed to the success of some of Australia's most notable names.

Research

We work closely with staff from the Indigenous Research Engagement Unit (IREU), a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary network of Indigenous researchers, research affiliates and Indigenous postgraduate students. The IREU shares indigenous knowledge, research and solutions through global connections.

Indigenous Research Engagement Unit

Resources and learning

Indigenous inclusion

Embedding Indigenous Knowledges is a way to support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives in schooling.

Support Indigenous knowledges

Pre-service teacher research

Outcomes from our research into supporting pre-service teachers and their supervisors.

Research outcomes

Indigenous knowledges minor

Run by the Creative Industries Faculty, our university-wide Indigenous Knowledges minor invites students to critically reflect on and challenge the limitations of dominant perspectives in Australian society.

Indigenous Knowledges minor

Our people

Our staff and student ambassadors are on hand at all times to answer your questions and offer help and support. You can find us across both our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses.

Meet our staff

Get in touch

If you have any questions about studying with us, or the services we offer, get in touch.