Indigenous Students

A strong, supportive community of Indigenous students within the wider Ormond community.

We are committed to supporting the accommodation needs and residential experiences of Indigenous students studying at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, ensuring all feel culturally and socially supported while achieving academically. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from Indigenous students planning to study any course, in any faculty.

Financial Assistance

ABSTUDY Residential Costs Option

Indigenous students living at Ormond College may be eligible for ABSTUDY Residential Costs Option (RCO), managed by Centrelink. ABSTUDY RCO will cover all accommodation and meal costs in full for eligible Indigenous students, as well as provide a reduced fortnightly payment – whether Undergraduate or Graduate. There are College related expenses that are not covered by ABSTUDY (for example, social events organised by the Ormond College Students Club) so Indigenous students will be responsible for these non-compulsory charges.

ABSTUDY RCO is an award under the ABSTUDY scheme which requires a separate application form than the one completed for ABSTUDY Living Allowance. To apply for ABSTUDY RCO you will need a Tax File Number, Centrelink Number and Proof of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, amongst other documents. We recommend compiling these documents and beginning your ABSTUDY RCO claim well before 30 November 2020 (see next subheading for more information on this deadline). Contact Centrelink at 1800 132 317 to start this process.

University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Accommodation Grant

The University of Melbourne can assist Indigenous students who are not eligible for ABSTUDY RCO to pay for their College fees. Indigenous students are welcome to submit an Indigenous Accommodation Grant application by 30 November 2020 – there are 20 grants available for 2021. This scholarship provides a contribution of $10,000 if you live at Ormond College for a full year. The scholarship will be paid directly to Ormond College, but other accommodation providers and colleges are also part of this arrangement.

In order to apply for the Indigenous Accommodation Grant, you will need proof that you have recently applied for ABSTUDY RCO and that your application was deemed unsuccessful by Centrelink. This is why we encourage you to apply for ABSTUDY RCO well before 30 November 2020.

Ormond College Financial Assistance

Furthermore, Indigenous students who are not eligible for ABSTUDY RCO may be eligible to receive Financial Assistance support from Ormond College by taking into account the student’s possible contribution towards accommodation fees. Applicants will be assessed on financial need by filling out the relevant Financial Assistance Application Form on the links below:

If you are unsure of your funding options, please contact us for a confidential discussion.


Undergraduate Financial Assistance Brochure

Indigenous Life at Ormond

Indigenous students are an integral part of our College community. In 2013, we launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to the community.

The current Reconciliation Action Plan (Innovate 2018-2020) includes strategies to ensure that the Ormond College Indigenous Program (OCIP) is sustainable and consistent with the values and educational goals of Ormond College. The RAP is available to download below.

Students create opportunities each year to share their culture with the wider community. For example, a musical festival and debate have been held at Ormond around NAIDOC week, we invite speakers and community leaders to visit and actively promote reconciliation.

Visit our Undergraduate or Graduate pages for more information on living and learning at Ormond.


Reconciliation Action Plan 2018 - 2020

Need help?

For further information, contact our Admissions Team on or 61 3 9344 1107.

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