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Australian Indigenous students aim high with NMIT in 2009

18 Dec 2008

Australian Indigenous students have two big incentives to study at NMIT in 2009.

The NMIT Koorie Services Centre has confirmed that four study grants will be on offer to Australian Indigenous students in 2009 - two study grants for continuing students and two for new students enrolling in 2009.

“The study grants provide the students with incentive to gain appropriate knowledge and skills to further their career choices,” said Wanda Braybrook, Manager of the Koorie Services Centre.

The second big reason for Australian Indigenous students to choose to study at NMIT is that they are fee exempt for all government funded NMIT courses. This means that NMIT Australian Indigenous students have the option of enrolling in a wide range of courses without the financial pressure of fees, which can be a big issue when enrolling.

“Our theme at the Koorie Services Centre for 2009 is 'aim high' and I think the study grants and fee waiver will really assist Australian Indigenous students to do this,” added Wanda Braybrook. “Australian Indigenous students can choose from any of the hundreds of courses on offer at NMIT - everything from hairdressing to farming and music to carpentry and much more. Our courses range from certificate level right up to Bachelor Degrees and offer all students real, hands-on learning including industry work placements.”

The NMIT Koorie Services Centre also has a Koorie Liaison Officer and Koorie Cultural Studies Teacher to assist NMIT students and staff with a range of issues relating to Australian Indigenous student participation and success at NMIT. They can help students with settling in and networking, course advice and enrolment, study techniques, financial assistance, Abstudy and Centrelink applications, housing and welfare support.

Current NMIT Australian Indigenous student, Wendy Morrison, found the support offered by the NMIT Koorie Services Centre really made a difference while she has been studying the Diploma in Community Welfare Work: “I received invaluable support at Koorie Services, not just academic but personal and emotional support. The staff are not only professional but really approachable, they make coming to school easier. I have really appreciated all of their help because without their support I don't think I would have been able to continue with my studies."

For more information on enrolling for NMIT courses in 2009 and support for Australian Indigenous students call on 03 9269 1339 or 03 9269 1340 or email


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