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2016 Budget backs university success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

5 May 2016

Today’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students are the leaders of tomorrow. It’s vital that more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people complete their university studies and go on to professional careers.

The Australian Government and universities have worked together to develop the Indigenous Student Success in Higher Education measure announced in the 2016 Budget

From 1 January 2017, universities will have greater capacity to design their scholarships, tutorial support and other assistance to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are on the pathway to success.

Through this new flexible outcomes‑based funding model, universities will be responsible for increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments and supporting these students to progress through their studies. This will mean Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are not only enrolling in greater numbers, but also progressing and completing university awards in greater numbers.

The model also recognises the extra funding and resources required for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who relocate from remote and regional Australia to attend university.

The Indigenous Student Success in Higher Education measure was designed with Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander university staff and will encourage the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in university decision-making.