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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.

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.

Explore your options

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


"ECU’s Indigenous University Orientation Course helped me get into University"
Cassandra Catley
Cassandra CatleyIndigenous University Orientation Course graduate

I have found ECU to be an adventure with opportunities to learn new and different things. Making friends has been awesome. It has helped because I have had a lot of support and help from people around me. My tutors have given me confidence in myself and my abilities. I’ve learnt I can try new things if I set my mind to it and take it step by step. It has given me the skills and confidence to be successful with my studies.

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