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First Nations pathways

The First Nations Student Support team provides high-level support and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The team can provide assistance with admissions, academic support, pastoral care, advocacy and referral to mainstream CDU support services.

Pathways and bridging courses

If you don't meet the minimum entry, didn't complete year 12, or haven't studied in a while; we encourage you to enrol in the following entry pathways:

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Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)

CDU's free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is an alternative pathway into university.  With TEP, you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university.

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First Nations Pathways to University Programs

CDU's pathway programs help First Nations students get ready for university. You can choose a program that matches your interests, like health, arts, education, engineering, law, business, or accounting.

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Student stories

  • Law student Beth in her Brisbane office during an internship

    I'm the first in my family to go to uni: Beth's story

    Beth took the first step in her journey to becoming a lawyer, by completing CDU’s free Tertiary Enabling Program. These days, Beth is well on the way to achieving her dream; she’s finishing her law degree online, while working as a legal intern in Brisbane.

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  • Head shot of Haydon smiling

    Bored high school student to respected community leader

    Haydon Staines, a proud Indigenous man, went from being a bored high school student to becoming a respected community leader. It was a path that often took him out of his comfort zone. 

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  • Kenisha Gumbula banner

    'There is help wherever you turn': Kenisha on studying after kids

    Indigenous woman Kenisha never imagined she'd become a lawyer. But, after having two kids, overcoming family challenges and living all over Australia, she's studying law at CDU. And now she's emerging as a leader in her community.

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