Student experiences

Two students at an event at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Being at university isn’t just about studying – it’s also about getting involved with events, programs and clubs. As well as all the experiences you’ll have access to as a Curtin student, you’ll also have opportunities to participate in a range of activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Events at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies

We host regular events for students, staff and the community. You’ll get chances to join in on activities, learn new things, have interesting experiences and make new friends.

Indigenous Nationals university games

Curtin participates in the annual Indigenous Nationals, a five-day sports competition and cultural spectacular that attracts hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from universities around Australia.

Indigenous students can compete in sports such as basketball, netball, touch rugby and volleyball. Known as the Deadly Kardaz, the Curtin team is made up of Indigenous Curtin students and staff from Perth and interstate.

Learn more the Indigenous Nationals on their website.

Deadly Kardaz sports team in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Deadly Kardaz team in Sydney

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

AIME is a high expectation, dynamic educational program that gives Aboriginal students the belief, confidence, skill and opportunity to aspire for further education beyond Year 12. The AIME Program is delivered and led by inspiring, young and successful AIME presenters from around the country who understand the hurdles Aboriginal students have to overcome in order to attend university and want to see them succeed.

As a Curtin student, you have the opportunity to become an AIME mentor. This presents a unique opportunity for Curtin students to contribute to their community, learn more about Indigenous culture and help Indigenous high school students complete school.

Learn more about AIME on their website.

Remote and Indigenous community volunteering

The Remote and Indigenous Programs run by Curtin Volunteers! allow students to experience life in remote Australia, build positive relationships with community and assist with a diverse range of activities.

Remote programs include trips to Laverton, Leonora and Meekatharra. Metro-based programs include Clontarf Literacy Buddies and Clontarf Numeracy Buddies program. These programs connect Curtin volunteers with Clontarf Aboriginal College students to improve literacy and numeracy skills.

Deadly Mentoring Program

The CAS Deadly Mentoring Program is a free mentoring program available to all students studying at the centre. It’s designed for you to develop and grow, and combines skill-building workshops with social activities. At theses ‘yarning circles’ students and recent graduates share insights and advice on studying at university. With four program days or ‘modules’ run throughout the year, we cover topics such as motivation, resilience, leadership, presentation skills and more.