Student Support

The Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education offers support and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying at the University of Tasmania and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 9 – 12. A wide range of services are available including:

The Riawunna Centre offers:

  • Cultural support;
  • academic support and advice;
  • pastoral care - personal support;
  • tutorial assistance through the Riawunna Tutoring Program;
  • access to the murina Preparation Program, an alternate entry program;
  • advice and assistance in applying for bursaries, scholarships and cadetships ;
  • access to University of Tasmania services, such as counselling services, health centre and academic skills and learning;

We also provide the following;

  • a resource library and computer room;
  • tutorial rooms and study spaces;
  • a student common room for relaxation and study;
  • a contact point for students, staff and community members.

The Riawunna Tutoring Program provides supplementary tuition to support Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students studying at the University of Tasmania.

Tutoring is available in two formats:

  1. Group tutorial sessions: provides opportunities for peer learning and support, reflective practice, and discussions in a culturally safe and interdisciplinary environment. 
  2. One on one tutoring is available to students presenting as being at risk of non-completion or to students who cannot participate in group tutorials. One on one tutoring will be assessed on an as-needs basis.

Tutoring is available for up to two hours per week per subject, and up to five additional hours in total during examination preparation breaks.

Tutors are chosen for their expertise in their fields of study and for their demonstrated Cultural sensitivity. Most are post-graduates and leaders in their field of study.

Once students are matched to a tutor for their subject they can then arrange to meet weekly for tutoring sessions. Tutoring spaces are available in the Riawunna Centre on the Hobart and Launceston campuses, and an office on the Burnie Campus.

Application Forms

murina Pathway Program

The murina Program provides students with skills to prepare for further study at university. The Program is structured within an Aboriginal framework, involving in-class activities, field trips and a focus on academic and study skills to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

What will I be studying?

Semester 1

Academic Study Skills - compulsory

This unit aims to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for entry into undergraduate study by introducing academic study skills. Students are guided to develop the ability to research, write assignments, plan and write essays.

nuritinga palawa 1 – compulsory

This unit focuses on providing students with a range of basic study skills and communication skills within a Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural framework. Topics covered in this unit include ‘Connections to Country’, ‘Land Rights’, ‘Mabo’, ‘Native Title’, Commonalities and Differences between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Cultures’, family and Community and Aboriginal campaigns.

Culture, Country & Connections to Art – elective

This unit focuses on introducing students to some of the concepts and techniques involved in silk painting, lino printing and wire work and focuses on the use of cultural resources, practical exploration and comparative art styles.

Semester 2

Information coming soon.

How do I enrol?

Make an appointment with the Riawunna team to discuss your needs and options. You will be asked to complete an application form after which your application for enrolment will be processed.

What do I enrol in?

Compulsory units

RWA010 nuritinga palawa 1

RWA030 Academic Study Skills

Elective unit

RWA031 Culture, Country and Connections to Art is an elective unit which is optional.

Note: Enrolling in RWA010 and RWA030 and RWA031 is considered full time study.

Contact and location

Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education

Email:  Riawunna.Admin@utas.edu.au

Web:    http://www.utas.edu.au/riawunna

Phone: 03 6226 2772 (Hobart)

Phone: 03 6324 3491 (Launceston)

Special note: 'Murina' means path and has been sourced from, A Word-List of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Languages, by N.J.B. Plomley, Launceston, Foot & Playsted Pty Ltd, 1976, p.373.