First Nations students

We can help you with all aspects of your academic journey, as well as social, cultural and personal support.

First Nations Student Connect

Register for First Nations Student Connect services to access a range of options to help you succeed.

Whether you want general advice, a personalised plan, assistance with University processes, academic skills advice, or access to a tutor – our First Nations team are here to walk with you on your journey.

Whilst our services refer to First Nations students, we respectfully acknowledge that students identify in a range of ways, such as with one or more Nations or language group names, as Indigenous, as Aboriginal and/or as Torres Strait Islander. If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions, please contact us at

First Nations Student Connect offers:

  • General advice

    Connect with an Adviser, First Nations Students to find out how we can offer assistance.

    After you register for First Nations Student Connect services, we can provide general advice and advocate on your behalf within the University.

    We can also connect you with other specialist teams if you need special consideration, adjustments, counselling, and assistance with library resources or services. We can set up introductions to these services or be part of your first meeting if you request it.

    We will also regularly host study sessions, zoom events, on campus events and invite you to be involved in giving feedback on your experience at Charles Sturt. Keep an eye out for further information throughout the year in the First Nations Student Connect email and the First Nations Interact2 page.

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    First Nations Student Adviser

  • Personalised plan

    After you register for First Nations Student Connect services, we can work with you to develop a personalised plan. Together we can discuss your goals and what services or strategies will assist you in achieving them.

    It’s our way of walking with you on your journey, and keeping in touch throughout the length of your studies.

  • First Nations tutor program

    After you register for First Nations Student Connect services, you can register for tutoring and more.

    Once registered for First Nations Student Connect, eligible First Nations undergraduate students will receive an email with a link to request a tutor in a chosen subject. You can access 10 hours of one-on-one tutoring, directly related to the content in your subjects. You can choose to use this time:

    • throughout the session
    • in blocks when assignments are due
    • to prepare for exams at the end of session.

    You will receive an email confirming tutoring for each subject you enrol in.

    Request a Tutor

    All First Nations students are eligible for free membership to Grammarly. Grammarly automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in your writing. It’s easy to use:

    • Grammarly flags potential issues in the text and suggests context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, wordiness, style, punctuation, and even plagiarism
    • Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, so you can make an informed decision about whether, and how, to correct an issue.

    Once you have received an invitation to Grammarly, you can access the service from any computer.

    Request an invitation to Grammarly

  • Academic Skills Adviser

    After you register for First Nations Student Connect services, you can access support from a First Nations member of the Academic Skills team.

    You can choose to:

    Book an appointment

    You can book an appointment to talk with Academic Skills Advisers about your writing, referencing, and other study needs. There is a specialist First Nations Adviser available within the team, though you can opt to access any of their team of Advisers if you choose. You can access 25 minute Zoom, email, face-to-face, or phone appointments with other Academic Skills Advisers. However, the specialist First Nations Academic Skills Adviser is not able to meet you face-to-face, so you should select an email, online, or phone appointment.

    Assignment feedback

    You can access prompt advice on structure, grammar, expression, spelling, and punctuation. This service does not include proof-reading your writing or comment on subject matter.

    Ask a question

    Ask questions about your study needs through our live chat service run by Studiosity.

    Request an appointment with the Academic Skills Adviser

  • Connect on campus at our First Nations Student Centres

    You’re always welcome at one of our seven First Nations Student Centres at Charles Sturt University located at our campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

    We support all First Nations students, regardless of whether you’re studying on-campus, online or by mixed mode.

    Our centres are culturally safe study spaces that bring our students together to improve educational outcomes and to provide connection to other First Nations students, staff and our local communities. Each centre provides access to many resources including computers, internet and printers.

    First Nations Student Centres

  • Connect online with Interact2

    Visit First Nations Student Connect on Interact2 to find further information, resources, contact details and links to online Study Sessions. Keep updated with announcements and join conversations on our discussion board.

    Interact 2: Indigenous Student Success

  • Scholarships

    There are a number of scholarships available specifically for First Nations students at Charles Sturt. Ensure you regularly review these as they can provide much needed financial support. Additionally, ensure you check out scholarships available for all students.

    First Nations student scholarships

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  • Away From Base

    The Away From Base program provides financial assistance for meals, travel and accommodation for eligible students while attending compulsory intensive (residential) schools and/or professional placements in eligible courses. Eligible courses include the following when studied online:

    • 1121MH Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health)
    • 4421MH Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)
    • 4409MH Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)
    • 1221MH Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health)
    • 1502SW Bachelor of Social Work
    • 1708PQ Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
    • 3314WJ Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture
    • 4415NS Bachelor of Nursing
    • 4421NS Bachelor of Nursing
    • 4418PM Bachelor of Paramedicine

    More about the grant

  • Library services

    A resource is available for First Nations students, offering an online place to connect with people, information and resources to help you with your research and study.

    Yalbilinya Ngurang (Yal-bil-in-ya Nu-rang) means 'Place of Learning' in Wiradjuri language.

    Libguides portal

  • Support for First Nations health students

    Three Rivers Indigenous Health Success Officers provide a variety of services to support eligible First Nations health students to succeed.

    For placement support, cultural advocacy, mentoring support or financial assistance our staff are here to help.

    Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health

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