Office of Indigenous Student Services (OISS)

OISS supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students all over Australia. To ensure your enquiry is answered quickly and by the most appropriate team member please email or call 08 8946 6479.

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OISS academic support

The Indigenous Student Services team provides high level support and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at CDU through:

  • Assistance with student admission, enrolment, application and course information, including the development of Individual Learning Plans, educational pathways and progressions from VET to Higher Education;
  • Orientation programs for new and continuing students, including intensive advice and support on academic study skills, effective time management, writing better essays and referencing;
  • Opportunities to develop leadership, advocacy and representative skills as a CDU Indigenous Student Ambassador;
  • Advocacy and support, such as assistance with study issues and liaison with lecturers; and
  • Referral to CDU Support services such as counselling, careers, employment and accommodation.

OISS Support Centres

CDU has 3 Indigenous Support Centres; these centres provide a culturally safe student study area specifically for Indigenous Students. Students have access to kitchen facilities, computer labs and quiet study area (facilities vary at each campus). Support is available to all prospective, enrolled and ongoing Indigenous students nationally, locally and/or remotely via range of student engagement tools and approaches.

Gurinbey Centre - Casuarina Campus

Located Blue 2 Building Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina

Postal address: OISS - Blue 2, CDU Casuarina campus, Darwin NT 0909

T. 08 8946 6479

Akaltye Centre -

Alice Springs Campus

Located (rear of Student Central) Red 2 Building Charles Darwin University Alice Springs campus Grevillea Drive. Alice Springs

Postal address: OISS - Red 2 CDU Alice Springs campus PO Box 795 Alice Springs NT 0871

T. 08 8959 5411 or 08 8959 5390

Yangan.garr Centre - Katherine Campus

Located (Library Building) Charles Darwin University Katherine Rural campus 16km North, Stuart Hwy, Katherine

Postal address: OISS - CDU Katherine Rural campus PMB 155 Katherine NT 0852

T. 08 8973 8348 or 08 8973 9922

Away From Base

The Away From Base (AFB) funding program provides financial support and assistance to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australian) students enrolled in approved mixed-mode/external courses for course compulsory requirements such as workshops, placements, training blocks etc. Support is provided for reasonable expenses for student travel, meals and accommodation as assessed and approved by CDU’s AFB Team.

Tutorial Support

The University’s Indigenous Student Services– Tutorial Support (TS) Program provides free individual and group tutoring to eligible Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) students enrolled in both Higher Education undergraduate and Postgraduate by coursework and Vocational Education and Training courses.

Higher education pathways

Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)

Our FREE PTS program has been especially designed for Indigenous students. If you have not studied in a while or completed year 12 and are unsure about whether you can succeed, our PTS program helps you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be successful at university.
Successful completion will give you the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), Charles Darwin University (CDU) and universities in South Australia.

Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)

The Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is a free program that helps you get into the swing of study and achieve entry to your chosen degree at CDU. With TEP, you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you'll need to succeed at university.
You can complete the program online or on campus in as little as 14 weeks, and you'll then meet the requirements to apply for entry to most CDU undergraduate degrees.

CDU study resources

CDU wide support services

Computer lab and student common area

A computer lab and student common area are available for Indigenous students studying at the Casuarina campus. You will find both in Blue 2, level 1.20 in the Office of Indigenous Support Services area. 

For more information contact OISS Reception at 08 8946 6479 or email at

OISS Staff

If you are studying at Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs, and Katherine you will find Indigenous support staff contact at OISS Staff page. If you can not find an Indigenous support staff member for your area of study, please contact for a referral.