Manual of Policies and Procedures

E/3.4 Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent

Contact Officer

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy)

Approval Date

18/05/2021

Approval Authority

Vice-Chancellor and President

Date of Next Review

31/05/2024

3.4.1 Purpose
3.4.2 Application
3.4.3 Roles and responsibilities
3.4.4 Confirming Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
3.4.5 Definitions
Related Documents
Modification History

3.4.1 Purpose

QUT is committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students receive the necessary support to ensure they access, participate and achieve success at university through offering a range of targeted services, programs and opportunities.

As a condition of access or eligibility to this targeted assistance, students may be asked to provide evidence confirming their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. This policy sets out the evidence the university will accept to confirm a student’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent for determining eligibility.

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3.4.2 Application

This policy applies to current and prospective students seeking to access services, programs and opportunities at QUT that are specifically designed for the benefit of people of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

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3.4.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position Responsibility

All staff

  • implement policy and ensure it is supported by administrative procedures for relevant programs and services
  • communicate policy to ensure students are aware of the policy

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy)

  • reviews policy and approves related procedures
Indigenous Australian Advisory Committee
  • provides advice, strategy and direction on elements of the policy where required

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3.4.4 Confirming Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent

Definition of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

For the purpose of this policy, the definition of an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is adopted and defined in section E/3.4.5.

This definition must be met when confirming Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Acceptable evidence

If it is necessary to confirm a student’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, the University will accept the following as evidence:

  • a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent document provided by an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation that is stamped with the organisation’s common seal of certification; or
  • a copy of their parent’s Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent document, along with a copy of the student’s birth certificate showing their relationship to the parent; or
  • a Statutory Declaration declaring their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (defined in E/ 3.4.5), accompanied by either:
    • a letter from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Education Counsellor or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker from the school they attended; or
    • evidence of previous acceptance of the student’s Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander descent from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support centre at another university or TAFE institution.

The individual student is responsible for confirming their own Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

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3.4.5 Definitions

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person – An Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a person who is of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived.

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Related Documents

A/8.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment

A/8.4 Equal opportunity and diversity

E/4.1 Student admission

E/11.1 Student scholarships, bursaries and prizes

Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017

ISSP Handbook (First Edition, May 2020)

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies – Proof of Aboriginality

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
18.05.21 All Vice-Chancellor and President

New policy

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