Other support available to Aboriginal students across Victoria

Opening The Doors Foundation aim to provide as much support to all Aboriginal students who are eligible for funding across Victoria. Sometimes a little extra help can make a huge difference. Here are some other support available to students which may be suitable for you.

Transport Portfolio Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Scholarship Program 

The program aims to financially support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students currently commencing Year 10, Year 11 or Year 12 in 2022. This scholarship aims to increase training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal youth in Victoria by providing financial support for school related expenses. School related expenses may include, but are not limited to, tuition or tutorial fees; miscellaneous school expenses; electronic devices such as laptops and tablets; school excursions; textbooks and stationery; school uniforms and school sports wear including school shoes.

The maximum amount of financial support is as follows: Year 10 - $1000, Year 11 - $1500, Year 12 -$2000

To be eligible to apply, students must:


  • Identify as being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian

  • Be commencing year 10, 11, 12, VCAL or equivalent

  • Be studying in Victoria in 2022

Applications close on 6th May

For any further queries on the Transport Portfolio Aboriginal Scholarships Program, please feel free to contact Kelly Lehmann (Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Programs, Department of Transport) on kelly.lehmann@transport.vic.gov.au

St Kilda Next Generation Indigenous Scholarship Program

Th St Kilda AMC Indigenous Scholarship Program is now open to anyone who:

  • Identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

  • Is 13-17 years of age (born between 2004 and 2009)

  • Is passionate about AFL

Registration closes Friday 9 March 2022. The program is part of the Saints Next Generation Academy For more information contact Goy Lok at Goy.Lok@saints.com.au or 03 8765 4388 or click the button below.

Boonwurrung Ngargee Youth Dance Group

Victorian College of the Arts is starting a new youth dance group for First Nations children. Directed by Aunty Carolyn Briggs, this opportunity is open to all Indigenous children of 10 +.  It is a free group that introduces pre-tertiary dancers to the tertiary dance sector as a pathway to dance at the University and the new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The dance group creates contemporary works around Boonwurrung stories and Indigenous identity with visiting First Nations artists. No experience necessary.


Semester 1 Dates

  • Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February 10am to 1pm

  • Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 10am to 1pm

  • Sunday 24th April 10am to 1pm

  • Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 10am-1pm

  • Performance dates to be confirmed.

Click the button to see the flyer for more information.

VCA Bachelor of Fine Arts Open days and Workshops for Year 7 and above

In 2022, to promote opportunities to future dance students, VCA Dance will run some open days and a performance + workshop excursion for interested students.  VCA Dance accepts students that come from a wealth of dance backgrounds some with formal training and others that have a strong cultural dance background and talent. 

If you'd like to receive information and develop a partnership with VCA for open days, workshops and Masters or BFA 2nd and 3rd-year placements contact Katy Mckeown at k.mckeown@unimelb.edu.au

Deadly Feed

Bendigo TAFE and the National Indigenous CUlinary Institute (NICI) have partnered to deliver 'Deadly Feed', for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Bendigo region. 

Emrol at an employment service listed on the flyer attached below. For more information contacts Alison McColl at 0435 276 054 or amccoll@kangan.edu.au or Shawn Ilsley at 0448 293 399 or silsley@bendigotafe.edu.au

See the flyer for more information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program in Victoria Police

This school based traineeship program is designed for students completing year 10,11 and 12 who are interested in a career with Victoria Police.


Find our more by clicking the button below or contact the program manager, Mr John Chau at school-based-trainee-mgr@police.vic.gov.au.

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program

Eligible families can receive up to $200 for sporting costs such as registration fees, club membership, equipment. CLick the button below to find out more.

ABSTUDY eKIT and extra resources

Abstudy is a group of allowances and benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the beginning of secondary school through to post graduate degrees. Secondary students and their parents or guardians can claim Abstudy by calling 1800 132 317.

If you're interested in Abstudy, find out more below.