Indigenous Student Success Programs

The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) commenced on 1 January 2017. ISSP provides supplementary funding to universities to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students take on the demands of university and succeed.

Southern Cross University supports the aim of the new Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) to raise outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, communities, families and the knowledge of our country, through supplementary funding based on enrolments, unit success rates and course completions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The University uses ISSP Grant funds to offer pathways, scholarships, tutorial assistance, mentoring, safe cultural spaces and other support services. ISSP funding is particularly prioritised towards the support of Indigenous students who are financially disadvantaged and/or from remote and regional areas.

ISSP is administered under Part 2-2A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017 (the Guidelines). An explanatory statement  and the *National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) ISSP Handbook 1st Edition May 2020 is available to assist interpret the Act and Guidelines when administering ISSP.

The Guidelines require universities to provide an annual Performance Report to NIAA. The University has met the conditions of eligibility for ISSP funding and has used ISSP funds according to the Guidelines, as outlined in its performance and financial report: