Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS)

If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you may be given direct entry to a program based on your potential to succeed through our Indigenous Direct Entry Scheme (IDEAS).

This is a direct entry scheme for people who who may not have completed Year 12 or have no previous study experience.

We will consider your past experience in relation to study and employment, as well as your potential to successfully complete University studies. Community involvement, past achievements or awards and current employment information are also considerations we will take into account.

All applicants who apply will be provided with either direct entry to a suitable program, or a place in Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

IDEAS is a USC initiative aimed at increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in programs across all areas of study.

To be eligible to be considered for entry under this scheme, applicants must:

  • Apply to study in an Undergraduate Program or Tertiary Preparation Pathway at USC
  • Identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Be at least 17 years and over

High-school leavers completing year 12 are not eligible, and must apply through QTAC

How to apply

Step 1: Complete the IDEAS online registration form.

Step 2: You will be invited to attend an IDEAS Interview with one of our dedicated Student Advisers from Indigenous Services.

Step 3: The Student Adviser will recommend that you are approved for entry into an undergraduate program or alternative pathways will be discussed.

Step 4: The Student Adviser will provide information about the many services and facilities available to you as a student including bursaries and scholarships.

Step 5: You will then receive your official offer letter and welcome pack from USC.

Need help?

Contact Indigenous Services at