Ngarara Willim tutoring

Free and specialised tutoring to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

What is the Ngarara Willim Tutoring Program?

The Ngarara Willim Tutoring Program is a specialised tutorial program funded by the Australian government to improve the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

Students can apply for:

  • Two hours per week per course/subject during semester (a minimum of three hours of tutoring per fortnight is required)
  • An additional five hours of tutoring for exam preparation.

Tutoring sessions are free, tailored to your needs and can be individual or in a group of students studying the same program.

Who should apply

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander RMIT students can apply for tutoring, whether you are doing well in your program and just want to keep ahead, or you are looking to improve your grades. New students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Full eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student enrolled in a study program with RMIT University. Please note, you must be able to confirm your Indigenous eligibility
  • Seeking tuition for courses (subjects) in your study program or seeking skills needed to complete your study program
  • Able to demonstrate the likely benefits of the tutoring
  • Have no other forms of assistance available to you.

Other study support

A range of free study support services are available to all RMIT students.

How to apply

To apply for tutoring, complete and submit the Tutor Request Form.

Please read the application carefully and ensure you include ALL the required information.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by the Indigenous Student Engagement Coordinator and may need to attend an appointment to discuss your tutoring application and requirements.

Applications take up to two weeks to process.

Students must submit a new application every semester to access tutoring for new courses.

For more information about being tutored or to request additional tutoring hours each week, please email

Who can become a Ngarara Willim tutor?

Tutors must be:

  • Qualified in a relevant discipline, trade or profession. For more information, please refer to the Tutor Selection Criteria and Position Description (DOC, 37KB)
  • OR a student with a sound record of academic progress in the courses they propose to tutor and meets additional requirements
  • AND be eligible to work in Australia
  • AND have a current Working with Children Check (or equivalent).

Tutors cannot:

  • Be the immediate teacher or lecturer of the student they are tutoring
  • Be a member of the potential student’s immediate or de facto family
  • Have a business or employment relationship with the student.

How to apply to be a tutor

You can apply to become a tutor by completing the Become a Tutor Application Form

If you are matched with a student, you will be employed as a casual tutor with RMIT University. This tutoring role is a paid position.

More information

For more information, contact Ngarara Willim.

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