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Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Policy

1. Purpose

To ensure the best possible educational outcome for students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander through the provision of a culturally supportive and appropriate learning environment.

2. Scope

All current and potential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

3. Principles

3.1 CIT is committed to promoting educational opportunities for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and this will be reflected in the CIT marketing strategy, where appropriate.

3.2 CIT will provide designated places in publicly funded programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have:

  1. identified with CIT Yurauna Centre prior to the enrolment cut-off date for the subject/program that they intend to enroll in; and
  2. CIT Yurauna Centre and the relevant College have assessed the student as having sufficient academic background and support to be able to achieve the objectives of their chosen program.

3.3 CIT will provide a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students to meet their cultural, academic and personal needs.

3.4 All students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander either during enrolment or prior to enrolment must be referred to the CIT Yurauna Centre.

3.5 CIT will provide the CIT Indigenous Scholarship program for all publicly funded programs.

3.6 All students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander must be advised of the CIT Indigenous Scholarship program and the application form.

3.7 Eligibility to access scholarship funds must include proof of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander and demonstrated academic commitment.

3.8 The purpose of the scholarship has been achieved once a student has attained a major qualification such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

4. Documentation

Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT)

COAG Meeting Communique, 2 July 2009 - Closing the Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Policy (ACT Government)

Student Code of Conduct

CIT Reconciliation Statement

CIT Reconciliation Action Plan

CIT Policies available on website

Student Equity and Diversity Policy

Complaints Student and Community Members Policy

5. Definitions

All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Policy Glossary.

6. Policy Contact Officer

For more information about this policy contact Director, CIT Yurauna Centre.

Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

7. Procedures

This policy is implemented through the associated procedures. Authority to make changes to the procedures rests with the policy owner.

Policy No: 2016/578
Approved: August 2016
Next Review: August 2020
Category: Student Policies, Training Policies
Policy Owner: Executive Director, Education and Training Services

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