Indigenous Access Program the next step

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017

Indigenous Australians of all ages are invited to take part in a five-day intensive pathways program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga in December.

The Indigenous Access Program is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school leavers or mature aged Indigenous Australians across New South Wales who want to go university but are not sure what they want to study, or even if they're suitable for academic life.

CSU manager of Indigenous Student Centres, Mr Nathan Peckham said the program helps potential students assess their skills and suitability to study at CSU.

"The Indigenous Access Program has run for several years and has successfully built confidence in those preparing for university," Mr Peckham said.

"The program helps determine each students' suitability for their chosen course, while also offering advice and guidance.

"Our goal is to make sure each student gets a personalised pathway into Charles Sturt University so they can study the course they've always dreamed of doing."

Successful completion of the Indigenous Access Program will provide entry into a range of CSU courses. All applicants will receive ongoing support from the CSU student liaison officers (Indigenous) to ensure a successful transition to university.

CSU is committed to encouraging more Indigenous Australians to study at university with travel, accommodation and meals provided for eligible participants. The successful completion of the program will provide guaranteed entry into an approved Bachelor course.

Activities include: confidence building in preparing for university, assessing literacy and numeracy skills, gaining career guidance and support, as well as accessing course advice.


Media contact: Holly Manning, 0418 654 226

Media Note:

Course dates:

Port Macquarie Campus:

Monday 4 to Friday 8 December

Wagga Wagga Campus:

Monday 11 December to Friday 15 December

Hear what the students think of the Indigenous Access Program here.

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