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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

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 helping new students understand and adapt to university life.

Why ECU?


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.

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.

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Become World Ready

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


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.

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Kurongkurl Katitjin Building
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


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    My study experience has been amazing and I am grateful for the connections I have built with friends from my futsal team, who I now consider my family.

    I first began my journey with ECU through the Indigenous University Orientation Course. This pathway gave me the guidance and time to help me pick a career I am passionate about.

    The lecturers offer great support and will always do their best to help you out when you need.

    My ECU studies have taught me that hard work pays off and I am proving that more and more each semester, as I get closer to the end of my studies.

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    Balancing family, work and study has been the biggest obstacle during my studies, however ECU offers a high level of support to enable me to keep pursuing my studies and move forward with a smile on my face.

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    I'd always wanted to become a nurse but having been out of the workforce for 10 years, being a mature aged Indigenous student and a mother of three, I was anxious about studying.

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