Education is for everyone. Our focus in the First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate is to remove barriers to university participation. We foster excellence in learning and teaching, student success and community engagement for marginalised people.

Our staff work collaboratively within ACU, supporting the aspirations of our current and future students and their communities.

Learn more about our directorate, see how we’re promoting equity, explore what support we offer current and future students, and read our Acknowledgement of Country.


Achieve your success


At the First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate, we aim to lead, inspire and support success. We also know that success means different things to different people. 

First Peoples students

If you’re a future student who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, view your study, scholarship and admission options.

We welcome you to ACU

Clemente Australia

As a part of Clemente Australia, we seek to provide disadvantaged and socially isolated Australians with access to university education.

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Widening participation

Through our Equity Pathways programs, we encourage students in low socioeconomic areas to engage with higher education while still in school.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we live and work, and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present.

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Equity through opportunity

Strategies and government reports

The First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate and ACU work collaboratively with the Australian Government for positive outcomes for our students and staff.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

Learn about the support programs, recruitment strategies and community partnerships designed to keep and grow ACU's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce.

Work with ACU

Contact us

Meet the team at the First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate, and get in touch with us by email or phone.

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Register your interest

Want us to contact you about what we offer you as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student? Fill out and submit our form, and we’ll reply as soon as we can.


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