Keystones of Success

In partnership with the Commonwealth government, the Keystones of Success: Supporting our Future Leaders program (Keystones of Success) provides tuition support to eligible Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.

Keystones of Success

Keystones of Success can assist with:

  • your academic performance
  • your transition into the job market
  • your transition into postgraduate study.

The program aims to address access by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to higher education and their retention and completion rates through:

  • specialised academic extension activities centred on tutorial assistance
  • academic skills programs
  • one-to-one academic advising
  • contextualised discipline-specific guidance through faculty liaison support.


To receive Keystones of Success tuition, you must be:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • currently enrolled in an award course with QUT
  • able to demonstrate a genuine need for supplementary academic assistance through an educational assessment.

Need for academic assistance is assessed on a priority basis.

High priority
A student with a GPA below 4
A student at risk of failing (including, a student with a minimum GPA 4 but with fail grade/s received in the most recent semester of enrolment or a student repeating a previously failed unit)
A student on academic probation
A student with a disability, injury or health condition - permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating
Medium priority
First year students
Elite athletes
Students with scholarship dependant on GPA requirements
Final year students with graduating GPA requirements for a formal graduate program

High priority applications will be assessed first.

Other circumstances of educational need will be individually assessed.


To be eligible for tuition, you must be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in accordance with the following definitions:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identifying as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • accepted as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live or have lived.

You'll need to provide the Oodgeroo Unit with formal evidence of your Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and acceptance by an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Other forms of evidence will be individually assessed.

Postgraduate students

If you're a postgraduate student, you may also be eligible for tuition under the Keystones of Success program if you:

  • have not previously studied the subject area
  • are completing your post-graduate studies in a different field to your prior qualifications
  • have taken an extended break from study.

Applications from postgraduate students will be considered on a case by case basis against the general eligibility criteria.


Tuition under the program comprises:

  • up to 2 hours per week, per unit, (for 10 weeks) delivered individually or within a small group (maximum of 4 people)
  • a total of 5 hours of additional tuition for use during exam preparation breaks.

Our tutors will work with you to develop a Learning for Success plan that's unique to you and your eligible units.

If you're carrying a heavier academic load or seeking additional support, you'll need to make a written submission for special consideration. For more information, contact the Oodgeroo Unit.

If you're concerned about enrolling in a challenging unit, avoid enrolling until you secure tuition.