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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP)

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and want to study an undergraduate course you may be eligible for admission through the Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP).

Offered by our Oodgeroo Unit, CASP is an alternate entry pathway to university. 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.

What are the benefits?

Get into the course you want

If you haven't completed Year 12 or your OP doesn't meet the cut-off for your chosen course, you can still get into university.

We'll take into account your commitment to tertiary study, any previous study, and your work or community experiences.

Financial support

You will receive a guaranteed bursary of $1,500 to help you with study or living costs.

You can also apply for Equity scholarships, including Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships.

More about applying for Equity scholarships

Get a great start at university

Our Pre-Orientation Program (POP week) will give you the best possible start to your studies. It will help you get to know QUT, the Oodgeroo Unit and your faculty.

Offered the week before QUT’s official orientation week, the program helps you get started through getting to know your way around campus, assistance with student cards and timetables.

In semester one POP week we'll invite you on a day trip to Stradbroke Island to learn about the country of the unit’s namesake Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Am I eligible for the Oodgeroo alternative entry program?

You are eligible if you:

  • are applying for an undergraduate course through QTAC
  • are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • are accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live or have lived, and can provide Confirmation of Aboriginality from a community organisation.

How to apply

Step 1: Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander when you apply for your course

When you apply for your courses through QTAC, make sure you:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • list at least one QUT course in your top three preferences.

QTAC sends us the record of all identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people who apply for QUT courses.

Step 2: Respond to your invitation

We will invite you to attend an informal interview for the alternative entry program. You will be invited to a separate interview for each of the QUT courses you apply for.

If you would like to be considered for the alternative entry program, complete and return your response form.

We will let you know the time and date for your interview.

Step 3: Attend a three-part assessment

Your assessment will be held in three parts, and last around 2 hours. It will consist of:

  • a 500-word typed essay on why you are applying for your chosen degree, to be completed in one hour
  • a formal interview with an Odgeroo Unit staff memeber and a representative from the faculty that coordinates your chosen degree. At your interview we will:
    • assess your potential to study a university course
    • provide you with information about courses you have chosen
    • answer any questions or concerns you have about studying at university.
  • an opportunity to speak with an Equity Scholarships Officer regarding the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships that are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

What happens next?

If you are successful in your interview, and you have selected an eligible QUT course as your highest preference, QTAC will send you an official letter in the next available offer round.

If you accept your offer, we will contact you and let you know what you need to do to get started at university.

Once you have become a QUT student

As an Indigenous student studying at QUT, you'll also have access to:

  • ongoing support from our staff, including help with your studies, applying for scholarships and cultural concerns
  • up to date information regarding scholarships, cadetships, internships and graduate programs
  • computer facilities at the Oodgeroo Unit on your campus
  • spaces where you can study and socialise with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You may also be eligible for:

  • Oodgeroo Noonuccal Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Keystones of Success: Supporting Our Future Leaders program.

Find out more about the Oodgeroo Unit


Kelvin Grove - Head Office

  • Phone: 3138 3610
  • Toll free: 1800 645 513
  • Fax: 3138 3982
  • Level 2, B Block, Room B205
    Kelvin Grove
  • Postal address:
    Oodgeroo Unit
    Victoria Park Rd.
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

Gardens Point

  • Phone: 3138 1548
  • Level 5, Y Block, Room 512
    Gardens Point