Supporting you

Learn more about the support options available at the University, including networks and services on campus.

Join our community...The University has several research and student networks and organisations to help you feel at home.

The Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, was established in 2009 to increase the impact of the University’s Indigenous programs and maximise the University’s contribution to Indigenous development. The Institute provides support to students and staff and conducts several academic programs that enhance productivity and impact of research in Indigenous studies.

Being a research higher degree student or a new Early Career Researcher can be an exciting but sometimes isolating experience. The University of Melbourne is one of the only tertiary institutions with an Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA). This one-of-a-kind student association is led by a small group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with support from staff at the Murrup Barak Institute. The IGSA holds regular forums for graduate students with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

The aims of the IGSA are to:

  • Run regular seminars for graduate presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research;
  • Encourage social and cultural interactions of all graduate students with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research;
  • Enhance the academic and professional life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate students; and
  • Hold an annual symposium for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student research.

For more information and to be a part of this great association, please visit the link.

Other support options

Being active in our postgraduate cohort will ensure moral support and make you feel more connected with people who are going through similar experiences.

New to Melbourne

The University also offers other types of support and services to help you settle in to your life in Melbourne and the University.

  • Housing and Accommodation Support
  • Financial Aid can provide support for those who are experiencing financial hardship. One online application is used for assistance such as: rent contributions, public transport costs, buying course related materials.
  • Children Services is part of the Student Services and provides 138 long day care places across two Centres for the University Community.