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Find out when the next recruitment round is planned and information on how to apply.

The Academy will be working with cohorts of young Indigenous women from Year 8 through to University.

Students will come from all over Australia. The program is place-based and will be rolled-out in communities across the country. New regions will come online each year, to reach the target of 600 participants by 2023.

Upcoming recruitment

Applications open 9am AEST Friday 12th February and close at 5pm AEST Friday 9th April 2021.

Eligibility criteria

  • students must by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • students must be female or female-identifying
  • students must be passing English, Maths and Science at school.

Year 8 recruitment

Northern Territory

West Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba

Central NSW

  • Blayney Shire Council
  • Bathurst Regional Council
  • Dubbo Regional Council
  • Narromine Shire Council
  • Mid-Western Regional Council
  • Gilgandra Shire Council
  • Warrumbungle Shire Council
  • Upper Hunter Shire Council
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Coonamble Shire Council
  • Gunnedah Shire Council
  • Liverpool Plains Shire Council
  • Tamworth Regional Council
  • Parkes Shire Council
  • Lachlan Shire Council
  • Warren Shire Council
  • Bogan Shire Council
  • Cabonne Council
  • Bland Shire Council
  • Forbes Shire Council
  • Cowra Shire Council
  • Orange City Council

Year 9 recruitment:

Western Australia

Newcastle Region

  • Central Coast Council
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Port Stephens Council
  • MidCoast Council
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
  • Kempsey Shire Council
  • Coffs Harbour City Council
  • Maitland City Council

Greater Western Sydney

  • Penrith City Council
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • City of Parramatta Council
  • Camden Council
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • City of Liverpool
  • Wollondilly Shire Council
  • Lithgow City Council
  • Oberon Council
  • The Hills Shire Council
  • City of Canterbury Bankstown
  • Fairfield City Council
  • Liverpool City Council

To apply, download the application form PDF (757 KB)


  • Please download and save the application – it cannot be completed online.
  • Complete all sections of the application form and sign.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants must attach their most recent school report to the application email.
  • Return the completed application to the Academy team at:
  • If you need help with your application or you are unsure if you are able to apply, please email us or call: (07) 3833 5660

Recruitment will occur across Australia

Map of Australia showing student recruitment locations 

Cairns and the Torres Strait, Townsville and Palm Island

Blacktown and Penrith, Central Coast NSW, Perth, WA and remote regions

Western Plains, NSW, Brisbane and west surrounds (Toowoomba, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley), Darwin and NT/North WA (the Kimberley) and remote regions

Newcastle, Cessnock, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie in NSW, Brisbane and north surrounds (Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast), Bendigo/Ballarat, Vic and Tasmania and remote regions 

Illawarra and Campbelltown, NSW, ACT, Brisbane and south surrounds (Redland, Gold Coast, Logan) and Port Augusta, SA and remote areas

Number of students each year


  • Year 8: 50 students
  • Year 11: 25 students
  • First year university: 25 students


  • Year 8: 100 students
  • Year 11: 25 students
  • First year university: 25 students


  • Year 8: 125 students
  • Year 11: 25 students


  • Year 8: 100 students


  • Year 8: 100 students

2023 is the last year for recruitment. The following years will be focussed on supporting participants from high school through to university.

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