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Student Success

The Riawunna team works closely with students to support them to succeed at the University of Tasmania.

Riawunna Orientation Program

The Riawunna Orientation Program provides a culturally safe and nurturing environment that introduces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to the University of Tasmania. The Program is led by the Riawunna Team, Aboriginal Student Success Leaders and internal and external key stakeholders. The Program is delivered over one day prior to the start of Semesters 1 and 2, providing students with an opportunity to build connections with the University, Riawunna Staff and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Program is offered on the three campuses. Go to the Riawunna Orientation Program page to register.

Riawunna Tutoring Program

The Riawunna Tutoring Program provides extra tutorial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  If you need extra support with a unit, the Aboriginal Student Success Officer will match you with a tutor. Access one-to-one or group tutoring, which can often mean the difference between struggling with your studies and succeeding. Each student is entitled to 3 hours a week per subject. Riawunna Tutoring Program

Riawunna Counsellor

Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait students is of the upmost importance. Riawunna has a dedicated Aboriginal Counsellor to help students.  Riawunna acknowledges that health, safety and wellbeing is a critical factor in the academic journey of its students, and that there is a solid link between student health, safety, wellbeing and academic success.  The focus of the Riawunna Counsellor is to provide culturally appropriate services to assist Aboriginal students, staff and Community members to further develop mental health awareness and wellbeing skills that will support a healthy balance between study and personal life.

If you need any assistance, contact the Riawunna Counsellor, Dave Warrener on

Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers

The Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers are well respected Community members with strong connections to the Aboriginal Community and organisations. The Engagement Officers are out and about in the Community visiting families and organisations providing information and encouraging potential students to attend Riawunna and enrol in the Murina Program. They facilitate cultural events under the Riawunna Community Program to encourage people to the University from Aboriginal Dance workshops, weaving workshops to traditional fire stick making.  The Community Engagement Officers are located on the Sandy Bay and Newnham campuses. Note that the Newnham Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer is currently looking after Cradle Coast.

Sandy BayNewnham West Park
Janet Ross Georgie Spotswood-Stebbings Brendan Murray

Aboriginal Student Advisers

The Aboriginal Student Advisers are embedded into the University Colleges. They work to ensure a positive experience for Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander students at every stage of their university journey through:

  • Providing one on one specialist student support to facilitate a seamless transition into the University environment.
  • Working collaboratively to design and deliver academic support initiatives which are college and student cohort specific and work to ensure that Orientation, curriculum and co-curricular experiences and student resources are appropriate to the needs of Aboriginal people.
  • Working with College partners to ensure Aboriginal student retention and progression is supported, monitored and appropriate early interventions facilitated, and that all interactions are appropriately recorded to enable ongoing, high quality and personalised support and continuous improvement.
  • Working in collaboration with Future Student and College based teams to develop prospective student information and resources to support school and community engagement strategies.
  • Deliver targeted Riawunna programs and cultural experiences that increase the visibility of Aboriginal people, history, and culture at the University.

You can contact your Aboriginal Student Adviser by sending an email to or or to your relevant College Adviser:

College of Health and Medicine

College of Arts, Law and Education

College of Sciences and Engineering

College of Business and Economics

University College

Riawunna Centre Study Lab

The Riawunna Study Lab has up-to-date hardware and we can accommodate students’ different learning needs by installing specialist software.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Internships

Riawunna aims to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student employability by facilitating Internships where students gain real-world experience through administrative, research and other employment opportunities. Contact the Aboriginal Student Success Officer for further information.

If you are experiencing a crisis situation contact 

Lifeline or 13 11 14

Beyond Blue

Aboriginal Health Service

Visit your General Practitioner