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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 in enrolled at University or TAFE. study must be related to civil engineering, civil construction, environmental science and management, cultural heritage and management, media and communications, information management and technology, finance/accounting or commerce/business.

Applications for semester 2 close on Sunday 24th of July.

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

NAISDA Dance College courses 2022

National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) offer a variety of accredited dance courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students aged 16 and over. Courses are  rich in cultural learning and practice and are intended to provide skills, applied knowledge, theoretic knowledge and cultural Knowings across a range of dance genres from contemporary to cultural dance, with the primary intention of preparing for successful careers in the preforming arts. 

Applications for 2022 close on 22nd August. Auditions will be 4th to 6th October at the NAISDA Campus in Kariong NSW. 

ACHM Cultural Management Workshops

ACHM will run 2 Cultural Management Workshops this year. The dates are: 

  • Lakeside Hotel - Bendigo, 19-21 July (Nominations close Tuesday 5 July 2022)

  • IAS, Latrobe Uni - Bundoora, 16-18 August (Nominations close Tuesday 2 August 2022)

FPSR covers all workshop costs including accommodation, meals and training for participants. 

Anyone who completes the three-day workshop is eligible to apply for entry into the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management. Funded by FPSR, this accredited training course may contribute to further university studies in the Bachelor of Archaeology, the Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Archaeology) and other related fields.

CSIRO The Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy

This program aims to build a generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female leaders, role-models and game-changers in STEM fields. It is aimed at year 8 to year 12students


There are 2 strands within this program- a secondary school program and pre-university to employment program. The secondary school program includes, access to mentoring and support from academic coordinators, academy assemblies and online learning opportunities and individualised/holistic support. The pre-university to emplyment programs includes regional STEM camps in year 10, access to STEM extension from year 9 to 12, quarterly online virtual assemblies and STEM work placement opportunities.

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

Scholarships at the Pathway Psychology Institute

The Pathways Psychology Institutre have Indigenous scholarships for Diploma and Graduate Diploma. A variety of courses take place throughout the year. The format is online or residential at Galston, NSW.

Applications for the ATO School Leaver Program provides an opportunity for people who have successfully completed Year 12 in 2021 or will complete Year 12 in 2022 to enter the ATO in a range of full-time entry-level APS 1 roles including administration, data and analytics, information technology and client engagement officer duties. This 12-month program provides an opportunity to build professional skills while doing work that makes a difference.


ATO School Leaver Program

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 or Shawn Ilsley at 0448 293 399 or

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. Positions are now available in St Kilda and Richmond.


Find our more by clicking the button below or contact the program manager, Mr John Chau at

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.

The Observership Program

The Observer Program provides training and practical experience in not-for-profit board leadership for a period of 12 months. Particpants must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander from 25-44. Participants can express a preference to be considered for an Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal board. The program is free. Contact Catherine Reiser to receive a waiver to the $50 application fee at or 0400 454 250.

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.

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