Indigenous students

Indigenous students

The Walanga Muru Early Entry Pathway is run by Macquarie University’s Office of Indigenous Strategy - Walanga Muru. Our Early Entry Pathway provides opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to study undergraduate level courses at Macquarie University. 

We are holding a number of Early Entry Assessment days in the coming months (you only need to attend one of these days). These days not only give you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, but also the opportunity to receive an offer before the start of the HSC!

What's involved?

You will need to attend an assessment day, so that we can assess whether you possess the minimum literacy requirements for a degree. The assessment is comprised of listening and reading comprehension and a short essay.  These assessments are an opportunity for you to show us your strengths and abilities and are not designed to be stressful.  All of the materials and information will be provided on the day as well as social activities and lunch. If you require mathematics for your desired degree, you may also be required to sit a short math exam.

These days are also an opportunity for you to come and meet other Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students looking at tertiary study for next year, to experience the Macquarie Campus and learn about the various services offered by Walanga Muru.

Can I apply?

The scheme is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can apply through this pathway even if you:

  • Would just like the peace of mind of an early offer
  • Haven’t completed your HSC or equivalent
  • Are non-award
  • Received an ATAR score lower than is required for admission to your chosen course
  • Are a mature age student
  • Would like the opportunity to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who may be studying at Macquarie University next year

When are Assessment Days?

This year we will be holding six assessment dates. These are:

  1. Wednesday 28th June
  2. Friday 28th July
  3. Monday 28th August
  4. Thursday 28th September
  5. Saturday 28th October
  6. Tuesday 28th November

If you attend testing on either Wednesday 28th June or Friday 28th July, we may be able to give you an offer by 31st August, before your HSC!

How Do I Apply?

Step 1

Download the Walanga Muru Early Entry Application Form

Step 2

Complete the application form and prepare the following support documents:

  1. A statutory declaration stating you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who:
    1. is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, or
    2. identifies as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, or
    3. is accepted by the community in which you are currently living as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  2. A personal statement of no more than one page outlining why you wish to enrol in your chosen course
Step 3

Post to:

Walanga Muru Office of Indigenous Strategy
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109


Email to:

Please note:
Once your application is received a staff member from Walanga Muru will be in contact with you

Step 4

Apply via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

Step 5

Wait to hear from Walanga Muru to confirm your attendance and provide you with all the details you need for the day!

You will be required to attend an assessment day where you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the minimum skills and knowledge to successfully participate in your chosen course.

The Indigenous Student Officer will be in contact with you to confirm your assessment day, travel and all other details.

Offers will be made according to merit, based on demonstrated capacity to undertake university study.

Ask a question

Contact Amelia Corr on (02) 9850 8624 or via email at

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