To access Indigenous-specific services and supports, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people need to confirm their Indigenous eligibility.
“Your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage is something that is personal to you. You do not need a letter of confirmation to identify as an Indigenous Australian.
However, you may be asked to provide proof or confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage when applying for Indigenous-specific services or programs.”
All students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, regardless of if you can provide documentation or not, are encouraged to contact the Ngarara Willim Centre and talk to us about how we can support you in your studies and connect with our community of students.
RMIT is firmly committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in tertiary education. We have a number of targeted programs and opportunities designed to increase participation and support the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
To ensure that these programs and opportunities have their intended impact and are compliant with Indigenous specific funding guidelines and other funding guidelines, to receive services or programs identified for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, a Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, or RMIT Statutory Declaration and supporting documentation, is required evidence as a condition of accessing Indigenous specific services and resources, such as:
Documentation confirming that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person will be requested by the Ngarara Willim staff, if it is required.
If you are applying for an vocational education program, undergraduate program, postgraduate program, scholarship or services, you can confirm your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity by providing one of the following:
If you cannot provide one of the above, you can complete the RMIT Statutory Declaration (PDF, 148KB) witnessed by an authorised witness, and provide one of the following accepted supporting documents:
A letter signed by an Aboriginal health worker in an Aboriginal health/medical service
We understand that circumstances exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples whose families were removed and disconnected from family or home communities. The ongoing impacts of the Stolen Generations mean that links to community and documentation of family records proving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent may have been lost and/or connection to their home community has been affected.
We encourage those impacted to:
For more information about Indigenous eligibility or if you require support, please contact Ngarara Willim.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.