Support for Indigenous university students

The Coalition Government has announced $67.5 million will be delivered through the Indigenous Student Success Programme in 2017 as part of a $253 million four-year investment to support Australia’s 16,000 Indigenous students to complete their university studies.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Senator for New South Wales, Marise Payne, officially launched the Indigenous Student Success Programme today at Western Sydney University. The university has received $2.5 million to deliver the programme in 2017.

The programme is providing assistance through scholarships, tutorial assistance, mentoring and other personal support designed to support students complete their degrees. 

The Student Success Programme responds to the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in 2012 which recommended amalgamation and reform of supplementary Indigenous support programmes to ensure funding was flexible, simple to administer and had a greater focus on improving retention and completion rates.

“Universities and Indigenous academics helped design these new arrangements, which were featured in the Indigenous strategy released by Universities Australia last month,” Minister Scullion said.

“Getting to university is quite an achievement in itself – but the real outcome is graduating, taking up a profession and making a contribution to community, family and the knowledge of our country.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments in university have been growing at twice the rate of enrolments for other Australians.

“Sadly, however, Indigenous students are more than twice as likely to drop out of university within their first year when compared to other Australian students.

“The Coalition Government is working closely with universities across the country to address this issue to ensure more Indigenous students graduate and go on to achieve great things.”

For more information about the Indigenous Student Success Programme click here

 

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