Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

The University of Notre Dame Australia welcomes all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The University of Notre Dame Australia is proud to acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands upon which our University campuses sit. The Fremantle Campus is located on Nyungar Wadjuk Country, the Broome Campus on Yawuru Country and the Sydney Campus on Cadigal Country.  The University embraces the diverse range of cultures and traditions to the campuses, and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as an important part of the student community.

The promotional video draws on the importance of connection to country and addresses the culture, the language, the health and social wellbeing from a local Wadjuk Nyungar perspective on Nyungar country. (Wadjuk is one of the 14 language groups within Nyungar country).

The story tellers are Wadjuk Elders within the promotional video and they describe the significance today of the Walyalup area, now known as Fremantle. The video focuses on the continuation of Nyungar people’s cultural knowledge, their language and identity, their health and social well-being, their resilience to adversity and hardship and building upon the strength of their ancestors in a contemporary world.

The promotional video demonstrates the University’s recognition of the importance of the land on which it is situated in both a historical and contemporary context, and its celebration of sharing Wadjuk Boodjar ( the Nyungar word for land), will be useful in recruiting and enrolling of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

  • Commitment to reconciliation

    Notre Dame values the importance of a whole of University approach that recognises and builds on existing commitments to Aboriginal education and respect for Aboriginal peoples throughout Australia.  It is committed to providing strong support for the process of Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

    To promote and integrate the mission of Reconciliation across all campuses, the University established the Nulungu Research Institute in 2008.

    Located on the Broome Campus but with a whole of University focus, the Institute focuses on teaching, research, cultural outreach and cultural training.  It is seen as a highly significant initiative, offering the opportunity to create new partnerships across the University that strengthen and extend the University’s mission to promote Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

    The University acknowledges that the Broome Campus is located on Yawuru country, the Fremantle Campus is located on Nyungar country and the Sydney Campus is located on Cadigal country.

  • Scholarships

    A number of scholarships are available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students:

  • Opportunities

  • Mentor Program

    All new students are invited to join Notre Dame's Mentor Program. This initiative aims to make starting University more enjoyable by linking small groups of new first year students with a student mentor.

    This program was initiated because we know that starting University is exciting and challenging, but also at times, stressful! Joining the mentor program can enable you to:

    • Make the adjustment to University a smoother process
    • Enhance your social interaction by connecting you with other students and staff
    • Increase your familiarity with Notre Dame and give you a richer understanding of the structures and workings of the University
    • Get a head start navigating the campus
    • Become familiar with services available to you
    • Have your questions answered
    • Share your experiences of University transition to benefit future first year transition programs
  • Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP)

    The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) is a program funded by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which enables The University of Notre Dame to offer tutorial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in need of additional support.

    Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) - Indigenous Tutorial Assistance

  • Aboriginal Students Tutorial Support

    ISSP’s Indigenous Tutorial Assistance (formerly ITAS) provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the opportunity to receive extra tutoring in their respective programs, from suitably qualified tutors. Students are also offered Academic Support to help them adapt and transition into a Higher Education environment.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are currently enrolled in a course of study offered by the University of Notre Dame are eligible. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to support students most in need.

    Various academic support is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    These include:

    • A range of study supports and tutorials available for all students via Pathways
    • Individual tutoring (subject to Federal funding and School specific programs).
    • Academic advice and support from experienced academics.

    Tutoring is available by a qualified tutor via Pathways Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP). Students are encouraged to apply and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis (individual tutoring subject to Federal funding and school specific programs).

    How to apply

    For more information, the Indigenous Student Support Officer is located on the Fremantle campus at Pathways, ND 44 on Mouat Street and can be contacted by phone on 08 9433 0864 or email at indigenous@nd.edu.au.

  • Significant dates

    Throughout the years a number of Aboriginal events are recognised.

  • Student Support Services

    Indigenous Australian students studying at Notre Dame University are offered a range of additional support.

    Additional support services include:

    • Academic Support – transition to Higher Education environment
    • Accommodation advice
    • Scholarships information and submission of applications
    • Advocacy to internal and external supporting services/agencies/organisations
    • Casual employment Assistance - Employment Application Form (TBC)
    • Centrelink – ABSTUDY/AUSTUDY
  • Indigenous Student Employment

    There are a number of opportunities for students to be employed on or off campus. The University employs casual staff in a variety of areas such as; Events, Hospitality, Food Preparation, Student Panels, High School Visits, Front Counter, Data Entry/Filing.

    Students may also email the Indigenous Student Support Officer on indigenous@nd.edu.au regarding additional supporting services, such as issues affecting student’s studies, traineeships, internships, cadetships and Catholic education (part-time employment).

  • Pathways

    The Pathways offers study support to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across campus in all programs, via the Indigenous Support Officer (ISO) - Carolyn Moylan who is located on the ground floor in ND 44. Support services include pastoral care, health and wellbeing services, cultural advice, scholarship application assistance, information on external support services and Centrelink advocacy.  The Pathways staff provide advice to prospective Aboriginal students wanting to enrol in the Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP).

  • Contact us

    The National Indigenous Support Officer is based at Fremantle

    Contact – Indigenous Support Officer (ISO) - Carolyn Moylan

    Fremantle & Broome

    Visit us:    ND48/28 Mouat Street
    Email us:  indigenous@nd.edu.au
    Call us:     08 9433 0950


    Visit us:  ND55/Level 5 Pioneer House
    Call us: 02 8204 4228
    Email us: pathways@nd.edu.au

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle uses the term Aboriginal peoples for the many Aboriginal communities and language groups within WA. This demonstrates respect to the Aboriginal community in Western Australia and most accurately acknowledges the diversity of Aboriginal peoples within this state. This is consistent with the approach of State government departments such as the Department of Health (Government of Western Australia Department of Health). In using the term Aboriginal people, no disrespect is intended to Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.