Indigenous study opportunities

Did you know Indigenous students can gain entry to UWA without an ATAR? There are various pathways for gaining entry to UWA, and once you’re here, there is great support to help you settle in. Learn more about the Aboriginal Orientation Course and the Provisional Entry Scheme.

Aboriginal Orientation Course    Provisional Entry Scheme


There are five residential colleges at UWA within walking distance of the campus. More than 90 Indigenous students currently stay in residence at UWA. University Hall is the only UWA-owned residential college and SIS recommends Indigenous students studying in the Aboriginal Orientation Course apply for a place at University Hall or St Thomas More.

If you are eligible for ABSTUDY and are a rural student, the total college bill can be covered. You will also receive a reduced living allowance from ABSTUDY (approximately $40 per fortnight). Most of your expenses are covered and you won’t have to worry about cooking or shopping for food and it only takes five minutes to walk to uni.

Support in accessing financial assistance

SIS can help you with applications for Centrelink (ABSTUDY) and you may be eligible for a number of scholarships available to Indigenous students in UWA courses. The value of scholarships vary.


There are many student-run clubs and societies that you can get involved with for a break from the demands of study, both social and sporting. The WA Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) offers a range of social and sporting events throughout the year.

What can parents do?

As a parent wanting to support and encourage your child’s dreams and aspirations it helps to know about the high school subjects that will allow your child to get into university. You should also know about university life, including course requirements and support structures at the University. SIS can provide course and study information sessions for parents and guardians, including Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) and scholarship information.

For more information contact the School of Indigenous Studies.

School of Indigenous Studies

Still need more information?

If you’d like to learn more about UWA, its courses and its people, our Future Students Advisers can answer your questions.

Contact Future Students Advisers