Who we are
Established in 1991, the Oodgeroo Unit is the centre of QUT's activities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, studies and research. We're committed to developing better access to university education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and promote higher levels of participation in tertiary education.
Our main administration office is located at Kelvin Grove, and we have offices and more facilities at our Gardens Point and Caboolture campuses. On each campus we have computer labs, quiet places to study and work with tutors, and places to meet with other students.
What we do
The Oodgeroo Unit:
- helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enter university
- offers students academic, personal and cultural support
- conducts academic research in Indigenous studies, knowledge and associated areas of interest
- provides an Indigenous perspective to the university through teaching and learning
- organise events for staff students and the general public.
Indigenous education statement
Our Indigenous education statement outlines:
- our approach to improving and implementing higher education outcomes for Indigenous Australians
- how Indigenous perspectives are embedded in our strategic plan and key university documents.
We have more than 570 indigenous students enrolled at QUT, who study in:
- Creative Industries
- Science and Engineering.
About 60% of our students are from the metropolitan or near metropolitan area. Others come from as far north as the Torres Straits, Central Queensland and South-East Queensland and surrounding regional areas and interstate - ACT, NSW and NT.
What we offer
The Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP)
CASP is an alternate entry pathway to university study. We take into account prior learning and other personal achievements to give you a better chance of getting into the course you want, as well as a bursary to help you with study or living costs.
Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS)
The Commonwealth government funds the ITAS program, which provides additional tuition to eligible students.
Scholarships, prizes and bursaries
A number of scholarships, prizes and bursaries are available for our students across all faculties including the Equity Computer Scheme.
- Arrow Energy 2015 Go Further Indigenous Tertiary Scholarships
- Australian Tax Office Indigenous Intern Work Placements
- Creative Industries Faculty Indigenous Scholarship
- Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships
- Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA)
- Indigenous Student Continuing Studies Scholarship
- Laurie Cowled Indigenous Scholarships for Continuing Business Students
- Master of Laws by Coursework Equity Scholarship
- Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship
- Penny Tripcony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
- QUT/NIRAKN Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA)
- School of Psychology and Counselling Undergraduate Scholarships for Indigenous Students
- The R. N. Hammon Scholarships
- Undergraduate Indigenous Scholarship
Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS)
Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS)S is a Commonwealth Government initiative that improves the professional employment prospects of Indigenous Australians.
Pre-orientation program (POP)
Pre-orientation program (POP) week is designed to familiarise you with important aspects of university life, and to give you the best possible start to your studies at QUT.
Indigenous community and support programs are run through the QUT Guild's Indigenous Portfolio, and through other QUT Guild programs.
We encourage all students to develop their knowledge of Indigenous history, culture and current issues. The units of study we offer include:
- Yatdjuiligin: Cultural Safety in the Indigenous Australian Context (OUB100)
- "Am I black enough?" Indigenous Australian Representations (OUB110)
- Smash the Acts - Contemporary Indigenous Australian Politics (OUB120)
- Indigenous Knowledges: Research Ethics and Protocols (OUB130)
Indigenous research papers
Academics from the Oodgeroo Unit and guests to QUT have presented a number of research papers at our special events and guest speaker series.
Kelvin Grove - Head Office
- Phone: 3138 3610
- Toll free: 1800 645 513
- Fax: 3138 3982
- Level 2, B Block,
- Postal address:
Victoria Park Rd.
Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
- Phone: 3138 1548
- Level 5, Y Block,
- Phone: 5316 7447
- Level 1, H Block,