Education and employment

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subsidy Scheme - ABSTUDY

If you are an Indigenous secondary or tertiary student or a full-time Australian apprentice, ABSTUDY may help you stay at school or go on to further studies. It consists of a fortnightly living allowance as well as additional components to help with the costs associated with attending school.

NSW State Training Services Aboriginal Services

The Department of Education and Communities is committed to improving the vocational outcomes and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so that they excel and achieve in every aspect of their education and training.

In line with this policy State Training Services has created the Aboriginal Services unit to manage a number of programs. These focus on improving access to employment and creating business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Community Development Employment Projects

The CDEP Program is an Australian Government funded initiative for unemployed Indigenous people. The program identifies participation opportunities through activities which develop skills and improve employability of participants in order to assist them to move into employment outside the CDEP program.

Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians

This fellowship provides financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research, in any field of study, in participating outgoing countries.

Indigenous Community Volunteers

ICV is a not for profit organization providing Indigenous Australians with new skills. Communities, organizations or individuals identify their skill needs, then ICV matches the projects with volunteers to address those needs. Volunteering with ICV is about sharing skills and knowledge and learning together. Skills transfer projects can lead to employment, self employment and community development.

Indigenous Youth Mobility Program

The IYMP is providing opportunities for young Indigenous people from remote Australia to move to a major centre to participate in pre-vocational training, Australian apprenticeships, certificate courses and university courses.

Indigenous Cadetship Support

Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) aims to improve the professional employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and work placements.

Cadetships enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain the professional qualifications and experience needed for a range of jobs in the private, public and community sectors and assists them to move into employment on completion of their studies.

The National Indigenous Cadetship Program (NICP), is an initiative under the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, which provides assistance and work placement opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Students need to be studying an undergraduate full time degree at an Australian tertiary institution. On successful completion of their degree, the Cadet is automatically advanced to an APS3 position in their sponsoring division (home division).

The Department of Human Services Indigenous Cadetship program supports the education and professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. As cadets complete their study they are offered a position with the department.

NSWALC Freddie Frickle Scholarship

The Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to Aboriginal students to undertake study in a discipline with a University. The program provides financial assistance through the provision of a one-off payment for scholarship holders to purchase text books, pay enrolment fees and/or HECS fees and other approved course related expenses.

Aboriginal education & training (students and communities)

The NSW Department of Education and Communities offers support, leadership, advocacy and advice about education and training for Aboriginal students and communities.
Phone: 02 9244 5393
Fax:      02 9244 5365


North Coast TAFE has Aboriginal Student Support Officers at each of its regional campuses. They can offer advice and support on suitable courses, enrolment, applying for ABSTUDY financial assistance, information about literacy and numeracy programs.

Murwillumbah Phone: 02 6674 7200

Ballina Phone: 02 6681 8900

Lismore Phone: 02 6623 0310

Higher Education

Southern Cross University offers support and personalised services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples and the Indigenous Australian Student Services . The University also has a range of Indigenous scholarships available, including scholarships for academic achievement, relocation assistance and disadvantage.

Personal Support Program

PSP is an employment program that provides individual support to participants who, because of multiple non-vocational barriers, are unable to get a job, study or benefit from employment programs such as Job Network, Disability Employment Network, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services. People eligible for the Personal Support Program need individualised attention because of their difficult circumstances. Local offices are listed below.

Byron Bay

NORTEC Employment & Training
18 Centennial Circuit
Phone: 02 6685 6055

Tursa Employment & Training
30 Fletcher Street
Phone: 02 6685 8211

44 Fletcher Street
Phone: 02 6639 1100

On-Q Human Resources
3/130 Jonson Street
Phone: 02 6685 2000

Brunswick Heads

Tursa Employment & Training
Shops 1-2, Fingal Court Arcade
Fingal Street
Phone: 02 6685 0466

Shop 1/7 Fingal Street
Phone: 02 6639 0200


Tursa Employment & Training
Shop 1, 97-99 Stuart Street
Phone: 02 6684 1822

+612 6626 7000
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