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Woolyungah Indigenous Centre

Start your educational journey with Woolyungah Indigenous Centre

Indigenous Admissions Program (IAP)

The Indigenous Admission Program (IAP) is an assessment process that offers an alternative pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 17, to seek entry into UOW’s undergraduate programs. 

Assessments are conducted remotely, so access to a computer and internet is required. Please contact us if access is an issue.



Key information

The Indigenous Admission Program welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who:

  • Haven’t completed secondary school
  • Are not receiving an ATAR, or
  • Don't have the required ATAR for their preferred course.
  • Mature aged students

Direct entry

After successfully completing IAP, students may be offered direct entry into their chosen course.

UOW College

Those who do not receive direct entry may be offered a place in one of UOW College's courses or pathway programs:

Successful completion of courses and program provides guaranteed entry to the majority of UOW undergraduate degrees.

IAP assessment process

1. Pre-screening phone interview

To determine your readiness to commence University and understand your preferred course of study. 

2. Career consultation

To ensure your chosen course matches your interests and career goals 

3. Online academic assessments

To assess your ability to perform well in your preferred course of study. Online literacy and numeracy assessments can be completed from the comfort of your own home. 

4. Zoom faculty interviews

Interview with faculty representatives to determine your suitability. 

5. Strengths and needs assessment

To identify individual strengths and needs and map your support plan appropriately.

Mid Year IAP (online)

  • Assessment date: 14 April 2021, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Interviews will be conducted on 14 April (from 1:15 pm) & 15 April (9:00 am to 4:30 pm).
  • Application closing date is 17 March 2021 at 5.00 pm

Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginality: By a letter with a common seal signed by the chairperson of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander incorporated organisation in which the applicant lives or has previously lived, e.g. lands council or Aboriginal cultural centre. Woolyungah Indigenous centre understands that sometimes obtaining an official confirmation of Aboriginality can be challenging. Therefore, we accept our WIC statutory declaration of Aboriginality signed by a Justice of Peace. This is a legal binding document demonstrating your self- identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The statutory declaration must be accompanied by evidence of your claim. 
  • Personal statement: A one-page personal statement outlining why you would like to study your nominated course and your educational aspirations 
  • A current resume
  • Other supporting documentation: Recent school reports, TAFE transcripts, certificates of previous qualifications, and references from previous employers.  

Please note: Creative Arts and Performing Arts applicants are required to submit an additional application form and prepare a portfolio of material relevant to their proposed major, for review in the interview.


"My Future Matters" outreach programs

The University of Wollongong’s, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, is delivering the ‘My Future Matters’ Program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander High School students in years 7 to 12. Aiming to shape student’s awareness and aspirations of higher education and other post-school options.



Key information

The " My Future Matters" programs will be working with high schools in the following regions:

  • Illawarra 
  • Liverpool & Campbelltown 
  • Shoalhaven 
  • Batemans Bay 
  • Bega 

In-school delivery

Term 1 - 2021: For years 11 & 12

Students will develop personalised after-school pathway plans involving career planning and exploration of possible post-school options.

Term 2 - 2021: For years 7 & 8

Students will participate in goal setting and faculty taster sessions to increase students’ awareness of future career options.

Term 2 - 2021: For years 9 & 10

Students will set goals related to study as well as participate in subject selection, taster sessions, and career planning activities.


On-campus experience

Term 4 - 2021: For years 7 & 11

UOW Faculty Sessions:
Experience what it is like to study at the University of Wollongong

TAFE NSW Session:
– Learn which course you could complete at TAFE and where they will take you in your future career

Cultural activities:
– Aboriginal cultural workshop
– Aboriginal guest speakers sharing their journey and careers




“My Future Matters” Program

Objective: To develop Indigenous student’s knowledge and skills to increase their capacity to effectively navigate their post-school options with confidence.

The program will take a three-tiered approach which includes:

  • Discover your future (Year 7& 8): Students begin the conversation about future career options and explore possible post-school areas of interest via faculty-related activities.
  • Plan for your future (Year 9 & 10): Students continue the future career conversation and engage in a range of taster sessions with university and vocational options. Students also engage in subject selection sessions, goal setting, and career planning activities.
  • Make your future matter (Year 11 & 12): WIC staff with specialised experience will work closely with students to develop personalised after-school pathways plans (involving career planning, subject selection guidance, pathway options).

If you would like your child or your child's school to be involved please email your request to wic-ss@uow.edu.au