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The ITAS program provides funding for supplementary tuition to support eligible Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students studying university award level courses.
The goal of ITAS is intended to accelerate educational outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians beyond those which could reasonably be. ITAS aims to improve the educational outcomes of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students in tertiary courses to the same levels as those for non‐Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Tutoring is available for up to 2 hours per week per subject, and up to 5 additional hours in total during examination preparation breaks.
The students and Tutors are able to negotiate a place for tutoring between themselves; there are spaces set aside in each Centre.
A student may be determined to be in need of tuition if they:
ITAS funding is not usually available to assist students enrolled in enabling courses. Where a student is enrolled and undertaking a unit for which they will gain credit towards a formal award level course as part of an enabling course, ITAS assistance may be provided in respect of that unit provided the student meets the normal criteria for ITAS assistance. It is not usually available for basic literacy, numeracy, enabling and bridging courses.
Tertiary students eligible for ITAS may request another tertiary student as their tutor. The proposed tutor must be:
Postgraduate students should have developed appropriate skills in literacy, numeracy, academic writing and research prior to their admission into a postgraduate program. Therefore, applications for ITAS assistance from postgraduate students may be approved in exceptional circumstances only
In exceptional circumstances only, a provider (Director, Riawunna Centre) can aggregate the maximum weekly approved assistance over a month to allow flexibility to meet the needs of certain students requiring more than the additional five hours to prepare for examinations.
Riawunna Centre is responsible for the recruitment and payment of tutors and must ensure that:
Prospective ITAS tutors must:
Please note: The student must endorse the work program which must also be approved by the coordinator of the ITAS program at the funded institution.
A conflict of interest arises when a person involved in determining ITAS services (an institution staff member, a tutor etc) is in a position to benefit directly or indirectly from the services. A conflict of interest can also arise when the person’s fidelity, objectivity or fairness in performing the services is at risk due to a personal interest or a third party arrangement.
Potential conflicts of interest may include situations where a staff member:
Other conflicts of interest may arise where a student and proposed tutor are members of the same family, or any other circumstance that compromises the professional integrity of staff, tutor or students.
Authorised by the Director, Riawunna Centre
19 December, 2011