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ECU is a leader in finding ways for people to get into university.

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to enquire about becoming ECU students.

We have two entry pathways into our university through Kurongkurl Katitjin, our Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research.

The Centre is strongly committed to assisting students to understand and adapt to university life.

We're here to help you reach your potential.

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Kurongkurl Katitjin

Kurongkurl Katitjin, pronounced koor-ong-kurl cut-it-chin, is a Nyoongar phrase meaning 'coming together to learn.'

It's also the name of our Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research at ECU.

Kurongkurl Katitjin is located on our Mount Lawley Campus.

The Centre’s mission is 'to provide excellence in teaching, learning and research in a culturally-inclusive environment that values the diversity of Indigenous Australian history and cultural heritage'.

More about Kurongkurl Katitjin

Course and Units

Courses & Units

We have two specialised courses that assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to enter our university.

And we offer a Certificate in Aboriginal Performance through the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Aboriginal-specific units are also available within some of our existing courses.

Unit topics include Aboriginal Community Development, Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal History.

Indigenous University Orientation Course

This enabling course provides a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to enter into most ECU undergraduate courses.

You'll learn about university writing skills, university reading skills and basic computer skills, plus some cultural understanding of what it's like studying for a uni degree.

The course can be studied over six months full-time, or one year part-time.

And you can study on-campus at Mount Lawley or study online.

Entry into the course can be through the following qualifications:

  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test
  • Year 12 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent
  • Certificate III TAFE/RTO qualification

Entry into some undergraduate programs may require additional extension studies and will be subject to negotiation.

More about the Indigenous University Orientation Course

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Aboriginal intake test

Aboriginal Student Intake Test

This test is a culturally appropriate assessment of skills and knowledge that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to fast track into a bridging or undergraduate course at ECU.

The test is held four times a year, two sessions prior to Semester 1 and two sessions before Semester 2.

To apply, you’ll need to identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be at least 18 years of age.

If you have a Certificate III (or higher qualification) you don't need to undertake this test. You may be eligible to apply directly to a bridging or undergraduate course.

More about the Aboriginal Student Intake Test

Aboriginal Performance Certificate

This Certificate IV course assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to enter the performing arts industry as a theatre, television or film actor.

The course is taught at our world-renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Mount Lawley Campus.

WAAPA graduate Phillip Walley-Stack (pictured, centre) recalls many fond memories and his studies opened doors for him.

"After graduating from WAAPA I studied at the NAISDA College in Sydney," he said.

"My WAAPA training helped me to get my first professional acting job at Barking Gecko's Crabbing at High Tide."

The ongoing support he received from his lecturers long after he graduated is another reason Mr Walley-Stack said he would recommend studying at ECU.

More about the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Performance.

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Student Support

Student Support

Eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have access to financial and study support at ECU.

Financial assistance

If you're an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you may be eligible for different kinds of financial assistance.

This includes Government assistance through HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP loans, as well as an ECU Student Loan or a Student Guild Loan.

And the Aboriginal Tutorial and Mentoring Program covers the cost of engaging a tutor to provide academic and study skills assistance to eligible students.


As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could be eligible to receive a scholarship to help you with the costs of studying.

For example, there are different kinds of Commonwealth Scholarships that cover higher education costs:

  • The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship
  • The Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship

And some provide additional financial support if you’re from a rural or remote area:

  • The Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship
  • The Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

More about Commonwealth and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships.

Or download our scholarships guide.


Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship winner 2018

Craig Wright has been awarded the ECU Vice-Chancellor's Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship.

Nyoongar man Craig Wright is the recipient of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship, worth $2,500 per semester until the completion of his degree.

Craig is currently enrolled in his third year of a Bachelor of Social Work at our South West Campus in Bunbury. As part of the degree, he has commenced his first practicum placement at the Palmerston Therapeutic Community in Brunswick Junction.

"The scholarship will help me in many ways, but mostly with financial support during my practicum placements," Craig said.

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Study support

Through every stage of your journey at ECU, we offer support services and staff that are dedicated to helping you reach your potential.

On our Mount Lawley Campus there is a computer laboratory with 12 computers, a scanner, printer and multi-page photocopier.

There is also a student common room furnished with lounges, a dining table, fridge, microwave and tea and coffee making facilities.

We also have an office and student facilities at our Joondalup and South West (Bunbury) Campuses.

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Student Stories

Student Stories

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students talk about their studies at ECU.

Biological Sciences student, Rebecca Will

Rebecca’s science studies opening doors worldwide

Rebecca Will’s interest in biology was first sparked when she worked as an administration assistant in the science building at Bunbury TAFE.

"After seeing all the labs and speaking to the students I decided I wanted to do that too," she said.

Now in her third year of a Biological Sciences degree at ECU, Rebecca is a Bayjima woman from the northern areas of Western Australia. She grew up in small towns up and down the coast. She is now seeing more of WA and the rest of the world through her studies.

"Last year I participated in a student exchange to the University of Agriculture in Beijing, which was an unforgettable trip, and this year I’m going to the Gascoyne region during the winter break. I’ll be getting to meet an Aboriginal Elder who will tour our class through the region," she said.

Rebecca Will

Biological Sciences student

Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student, Jayden Gerrand.

Mentor program pays off for Jayden

When Jayden Gerrand was at high school he visited ECU and was inspired by a unique mentoring program designed to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous high school students finishing school and going to university.

He was so impressed he decided to join the program himself and is now a mentor leader with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).

Born and raised in Perth, Jayden is Aboriginal on his mother’s side.

"Our mob is from the Nyoongar nation but we also have links to the Yamatji country," he said.

"I’m not sure what I’d like to do when I finish, perhaps start a business or maybe a career in international relations."

"I just really wanted to study something I felt interested in. I know I work better that way. If I’m interested I’m going to get the work done and do it at a higher level," he said.

Jayden Gerrand

Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student

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