Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre

ALERT: Applications now open for National Indigenous Science and Engineering Summer School

Are you in year 10 or 11, and enjoy science, technology, engineering or mathematics at school? Are you curious about how these fields are used to address challenges for our communities? Or do you know someone who is?

Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre and the ANU Science and Engineering Colleges will host a Summer School for Indigenous students in years 10 and 11 from across Australia, who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and careers.

This week-long Summer School will run from the 9th to the 16th of December this year to provide learning experiences to help inform education and career aspirations and goals.  Students will participate in a program of hands-on activities from a range of discipline fields   on the theme of 'Global Challenges: People, Places and Communities '.

Expert academic staff, Indigenous university students and staff, will mentor participants through a fun-filled program in the nation's capital, which promises rewarding experiences on and off campus.  All accommodation, transport, catering and workshop materials are covered by the Tjabal Centre and ANU Science and Engineering Colleges.

To be considered for one of the 20 places at the Summer School, you need to be:

  • A current Year 10 or 11 student in Australia
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Interested in science, technology, engineering and or mathematics

Applications can be downloaded on the right-hand-side of your screen, under 'Reference Documents' and are due Friday 22 September 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of October 2017.

For any queries about the Summer School, or about studying at the ANU, phone Tjabal Centre staff on (02) 6125 3520.

The Centre

The Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre provides a meeting place and support-base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at ANU.

'Tjabal' means large assembly of groups from widely separated areas. Here you will find Indigenous students and staff strongly committed to improving education outcomes and achieving study and career goals that positively impact our communities

The Centre offers:

  • academic support and advice
  • pastoral care and personal support
  • access to quality free tuition
  • advice on internships and scholarships
  • access to ANU services, such as health centre, careers and academic skills and learning
  • outreach programs to prospective ANU students
  • study spaces, a computer laboratory and lockers
  • bikes for cross-campus use.

Our logo

"This piece uses colours which were in the sky above Canberra during a spring sunset as I painted it. The central band of colours shows the silhouette of the mountain visible from the students centre against a darkening sky. This particular mountain - Black Mountain - is a place in Canberra on which many sacred sites exist. It is a place of spiritual importance, for the Ngunnawal people in this area, and as such forms the foundation for the central design of the painting."

"The blue and white dreaming tracks lead into a central meeting place, and it is along these paths that the students travel and meet at Tjabal, our Centre at ANU. From this central ground, students branch out into different areas of the University, into their places of learning.  The different facilities are represented by the six smaller meeting places. These faculties are Arts, Law, Languages, Science, Fine Arts and Information Technology."

Our teams & contacts


Contact details
Tjabal Centre reception 
Phone +61 2 6125 2363


Contact details
Anne Martin  
Phone +61 2 6125 1742
Robyn Dass  
Senior Administrator
Phone +61 2 6125 2363
Fiona Petersen  
Centre Manager
Phone +61 2 6125 4038
Jayde Williams  
Student Recruitment Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 3520