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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 Theatre 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 University Orientation Course

This orientation 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 Aboriginal University Orientation Course

Aboriginal intake test

Aboriginal orientation

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 Theatre Certificate

This Certificate IV course assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain admission into mainstream theatre training programs in Australia.

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

WAAPA graduate Phillip Walley-Stack (pictured, centre) recalls many fond memories of studying Aboriginal Theatre and those 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 Theatre.

See our guide for all courses.


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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 Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme 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

See our scholarships guide.


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.

Study support
Student Stories

Student Stories

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

George Donaldson

"The course has given me the knowledge I need to move forwards personally and professionally."

"I found that my knowledge and experience working in Aboriginal affairs wasn't enough for me to be considered for a management position. Indigenous Australian studies at ECU allowed me to delve deeper into Australia's history and fill those gaps in my knowledge. Most importantly, the critical thinking skills have given me the confidence to use my knowledge to identify and formulate strong and valid arguments. All this and ECU's flexible study options, and supportive learning environment have made for a totally empowering experience."

George Donaldson

Indigenous Australian Studies student

Trevis Mcinnerney

"ECU has opened my eyes to so many opportunities."

"When I have completed the Aboriginal University Orientation Course, I hope to begin a degree in primary school teaching. I have always had a passion to help children. However, now that I am at university, it has opened my eyes to so many opportunities, so you never know what profession I may end up in."

Trevis Mcinnerney

Aboriginal University Orientation Course student

What Next?

What next?

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