HEPPP 2013 Partnerships Competitive Grants Round

In 2013, $50 million of HEPPP Partnerships funding was allocated to innovative projects designed to provide more intensive support for disadvantaged students, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Funded projects are listed below. For further information about these projects, please contact the relevant universities directly.

Competitive Grants projects funded from the Partnerships Component

University Project name 2013 – 2015 Funding
Southern Cross University The Stellar Program
The program seeks to encourage the interest, aspirations and attainment of local school students living in the low SES communities of the Clarence Valley who are significantly under-represented at University by facilitating a whole of community approach to supporting students to reach university.
RMIT I Belong – Senior years
This project will help to achieve national population parity of Indigenous participation and 20% low SES participation in higher education through a program of vocationally-themed tertiary preparation delivered in the city of Melbourne, referenced to the city’s industry and employment.
Charles Sturt University The CSU Future Moves Program
This program aims to raise aspirations and build capacity of students from low SES backgrounds to participate in higher education through partnerships with 65 schools with low SES populations and high proportions of Indigenous students across regional NSW.

The University of Adelaide

Flinders University

University of South Australia

Journey to Higher Education
This project creates a continuous path for students through primary and secondary school. The programs offered by the Consortium universities unlock the higher education ambitions and potential of low SES and Indigenous students through mentoring, leadership training and additional tuition to address skills and knowledge gaps.
University of Canberra Stronger Smarter Schools Project
The University of Canberra will partner with the Stronger Smarter Institute Limited (‘StrongerSmarter’) to break down barriers to higher education for Indigenous students and those from low SES backgrounds by raising aspiration and achievement within these groups. This will be done by working with schools in the ACT and southern NSW to build the leadership capacity of school teachers and principals to deliver quality educational outcomes to Indigenous and low SES school students.
University of Tasmania Pathways to Success and a Place in Tasmania’s Future Economy
To increase participation in higher education through initiatives and pathways which inform and build aspiration, provide smooth transitions and enable current and future students, families and communities to engage with career possibilities aligned with Tasmania’s industries of the future: food, advanced manufacturing, tourism and health.
Swinburne University of Technology The Indigenous Futures Collaboration
The project will develop a new approach to integrated digitally-enabled learning, with a focus on increasing awareness, participation and achievement of Indigenous students through three demonstrator projects, conducted in partnership with organisations working with Indigenous individuals and communities in low SES regions. Evidence from the demonstrator projects will be used to provide sustainability and continuity for existing projects, as well as providing a strong foundation for expanding the initiative into new partnerships.
University of Southern Queensland Making the connection: Improving Access to Higher Education for Low Socio-Economic Status Students with ICT Limitations
Develop a complete higher education pathway aimed at widening access for Indigenous and non-Indigenous incarcerated students. The university’s Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP), Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP), a Diploma of Arts and a Bachelor of General Studies will be adapted so that students do not require access to the internet to undertake the studies, as access to the internet is not available to incarcerated students.
Charles Darwin University A Whole-of-Community Engagement Strategy to Build Higher Education Aspirations for NT Indigenous People
The focus of this project is to improve the relatively low number of Indigenous students progressing through the school system and completing year 12 who have both aspirations for further study and are academically prepared for the demands of higher education. It will do this by establishing and coordinating a whole-of-community engagement strategy with up to five strategically targeted regional and remote communities to identify essential factors to transition Indigenous students from regional community schools to higher education.
University of Western Sydney Widening Indigenous Participation in Higher Education Through Strategic Partnerships
A strategic partnership of University of Western Sydney, State Government, Aboriginal elders/community groups and over 10 key organisations will provide a comprehensive suite of programs across Greater Western Sydney and in three regional areas (Bourke/Brewarrina, Atherton Tablelands and Lithgow) to increase Indigenous participation in higher education.
University of Sydney Get Prepared
The primary focus of Get Prepared is early, effective and sustained engagement with Aboriginal young people, their families and communities to increase successful transition to university. Get Prepared is an integrated and multi-layered approach that supports academic and personal preparation of Aboriginal young people for higher education. There is a strong focus on Science, Maths and English and engagement across years 7 - 12.
University of Canberra ACT-IS (ACT-Indigenous Success)
The project is a joint initiative of the University of Canberra and the Australian National University. Both universities are working with secondary schools to break down barriers to higher education for students from low SES backgrounds across the following regions: Cooma-Monaro, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Queanbeyan, Yass Valley, Tumut Shire and Shoalhaven.
Monash University Strengthening Engagement and Achievement in Mathematics and Science (SEAMS)
The project aims to address a significant and persistent disparity by increasing the participation and attainment of low SES and Indigenous students in tertiary study involving mathematics and science, the ‘STEM’ fields.
University of Canberra The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) Academic Enrichment Program
TAI’s academic enrichment programs aims to increase opportunities and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families through supporting completion of Year 12 as well as students’ social-emotional development and peer networks and assisting caregivers to support the educational pathways of students.
La Trobe University Curriculum Bridges
The project aims to increase participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Delivering thematic curriculum across Years 10-12 within a ‘high challenge, high achievement’ learning environment, La Trobe aims to improve pedagogy by connecting teachers with university staff, leading researchers, science curriculum experts and Indigenous education bodies. This proposal would expand the successful pilot project across Bendigo and northern Melbourne.
Australian Catholic University Satellites to Higher Education
The project plans to:
  • Extend ACU’s outreach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and disadvantaged students by developing existing and new satellite learning centres to bring the University to the community
  • Build capacity to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the targeted regions through culturally appropriate and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific ACUgate1 Awareness, Aspiration and Access programs.
Curtin University Addressing Higher Educational Access Disadvantage (AHEAD)
AHEAD will seek to enhance higher education (HE) access for low SES, regional/remote and Indigenous school students, adult learners and people not currently studying, by:
  • Raising awareness/understanding of HE as a viable post-school option;
  • Developing aspirations toward HE;
  • Developing capability and eligibility for HE study; and
  • Increasing applications to HE providers.