For students

The following services assist students with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schooling.

Solid Pathways

The Solid Pathways pilot project aims to support high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students in out-of-home care for continued academic success and university studies.

Yalari - Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship

Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at Australia's leading boarding schools for Indigenous children from remote, rural and regional communities. To assist Indigenous children to access such opportunities, Yalari offers the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarshipprogram.

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) is a private sector led non-profit organisation focused on empowering Indigenous children in financial need to build a future through quality education and careers. The AIEF offers Secondary​ Boarding School Scholarships to Indigenous students to attend an AIEF partner school.

Deadly Pathways

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways run across Australia and were once the main form of travel and exchange. Pathways are not only areas of physical movement, but also places where knowledge and meaning flow. The Deadly Pathways section on Student Connect contains potential career and training options, as well as links to Indigenous support networks. This information will help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in consultation with their families and communities consider a range of options for making deadly pathways after school.

Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation Scholarships

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) is an independent public trust established to provide young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with a secure funding source for educational scholarships. Under the Queensland certificate of education scholarship program, QATSIF provides two-year scholarship funding to support students commencing in Year 11. QATSIF funds successful schools which then provide scholarships to individual students. The intention of the funding is to increase Indigenous student retention in years 11 and 12 rather than simply sustain existing retention rates, and funding has to be used to complement and build on existing school and community programmes and support for individual students.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) improves the chances of Indigenous children finishing school by fusing coaching principles and mentoring. It engages Indigenous high school students and university students across Australia.

Year 12 Destinations

The Year 12 Destinations initiative aims to increase retention rates of every Indigenous Year 12 student and then to provide support and assistance for successful transition from schooling to further education, training and/or meaningful employment. Students are case managed throughout the final year of schooling and then for 12 months post schooling during the transition process.

Transition Support Service

The Transition Support Service aims to support Indigenous students who leave their home communities in the Cape York, Palm Island, Northern Peninsula Area and Torres Strait Islands to pursue their secondary education at a school in another area.

Indigenous Student Ambassador Network

The Indigenous Student Ambassador Network enables young Indigenous people to develop as leaders through an experiential program that facilitates a connection to culture, growth of personal identity and increased self-worth through shared action. Through the program that is connected to the Queensland University of Technology learning communities project, community nominated Indigenous student leaders become cultural ambassadors undertaking community projects, networked through online technology.

Let’s Stay Put

Let's Stay Put (LSP) looks at the effects of moving schools, encourages students to stay at one school for as long as possible and shows how to decrease the impact of moving schools through a range of information, case studies and resources.

National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy

The National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) connects Indigenous young people from communities across Australia to develop the next generation of change makers. Each year NIYLA brings together 50 Indigenous young people aged 15 – 18 years from communities across Australia for the annual National Gathering. The National Gathering is a weeklong experience where young people connect with likeminded and aspiring young leaders and together develop social action campaigns to address issues they are passionate about. NILYA covers travel costs and meals.

Last reviewed
10 February 2015
Last updated
10 February 2015​