Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary program

Our Development Assessment Branch has initiated an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary (ATSI) Program.

The program aims to help increase university participation rates of First Nations secondary students living in the City of Logan by removing financial and social barriers and contribute to the national goal of Closing the Gap.

The program creates university opportunities and employment pathways for First Nations students through the funding of a 4-year university course (sponsored by a participating legal firm) and 15 hours per week paid work experience placement within the Development Assessment Branch while completing their studies. 

What’s included:

  1. $5,000 per year bursary contribution to help cover university expenses like:
    1. accommodation
    2. textbooks
    3. stationery
    4. transportation
    5. other essential items for study.
  2. Part-time paid work placement of up to 15 hours per week during the course in the Development Assessment Branch.
  3. Ongoing support and mentoring from industry experts in the Development Assessment Branch

Why are we doing this?

We acknowledge there is a gap in life outcomes for First Nations Australians compared to non-Indigenous Australians and work to overcome them. This program seeks to create new champions and leaders within the community.

The program is open to both business and information technology students. There will be a particular focus placed on attracting town planning and civil engineering students to encourage local First Nations people to contribute and integrate indigenous thinking into the government decisions of how the land, the built environment and green spaces will be used in our community and ensure preservation for future generations.


Are you:

  • a Secondary Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student at a Logan School
  • currently completing Year 12 and demonstrating commitment to your studies
  • a resident of the City of Logan
  • planning to undertake full-time tertiary studies in 2023 at a Queensland University
  • in need of some financial help for your studies like
    • accommodation
    • textbooks
    • stationery
    • transportation
    • or other essential items for study.

For more information about eligibility, you can download the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary Program Information Package Guidelines PDF 852 KB).

Applications and how to apply

Applications have closed for the 2022 / 2023 intake but we are still open to reviewing expression of interest applications for future intakes.

Before submitting your application, please read the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary Program Information Package Guidelines (PDF 852 KB).

To express your interest in the Bursary Program please submit the following information:

  • Application Form - Complete the Bursary Application Form addressing:
    • the selection criteria
    • your skills
    • course preference
    • career aspirations
  • References - You will need to include two work or education related written references (one reference must be from a senior staff member of your current school).

How is the decision made?

All applications that meet the selection criteria will be reviewed by a selection panel. Applications will be assessed according to:

  • your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage and connections with First Nations people, community and culture
  • how you meet the university admission requirements
  • academic accomplishments
  • educational highlights
  • motivation to succeed
  • personal and professional interests
  • commitment to community and
  • references.

For more information, please call us on 07 3412 4414 or email us at damanagementsupport@logan.qld.gov.au.