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Approving Authority:

Council
Establishment Date:25 November, 1994
Date Last Amendment:10 June, 2004
Nature of Amendment:Name change from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Entry Scheme, and amendments to reflect Ministerial changes relating to proof of Aboriginality.
Responsible Officer: Director, Academic and Student Services

1

Coverage

1.1

To be eligible for consideration for entry under this scheme, an applicant must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in accordance with the Commonwealth definition which requires that the applicant:

• be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and

• identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and

• be accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.

2

Selection

2.1

The selection process is divided into two parts - written application and interview.

2.2

Applicants will be requested to complete the application form which includes the following information:

• educational background;

• employment background;

• other interests or involvement which will indicate prior learning abilities and skills;

• a 500 word statement describing the applicant's interest in entering the course of preferred study;

• evidence of being an Indigenous person.

2.3

The information received will be evaluated by the Director (or representative) from Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research and the Director of Studies (or academic staff representative) for the course in which the person is seeking enrolment.

2.4

At this point in the process the applicant may be counselled to consider alternative course options if it is clear that they may have difficulty meeting first year level course requirements.

2.5

Interviews will normally be held in November or December in the year preceding entry.

2.6

The Interview Panel will have a membership of three persons which includes:

• a staff member from Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research who will Chair the committee;

• the Director of Studies (or academic staff representative) for the course in which the person is seeking enrolment;

• a representative from the Indigenous community.

2.7

The panel will consider and rank applicants for particular courses on the following criteria:

• educational background;

• relevant work experience;

• prior learning experiences;

• communication skills;

• literacy skills;

• motivation to study the particular course of interest (this will be measured in part by the 500 word statement, but also by discussion in the interview).

3

Recommendation

The Interview Panel shall recommend applicants for enrolment to the Director, Academic and Student Services. In making the recommendation, the Panel will take into consideration the criteria above, and any relevant Year 12 results.

4

Appeals

A student who is not selected and who wishes to appeal the recommendation made by the Interview Panel may do so by writing to the Chair of the Interview Panel requesting the Panel review its decision.