Current Students

Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education provides services and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that complement the wide range of services offered by the University.

Student Services Officers

Student support

The Wirltu Yarlu Student Services Officers (SSO) Team coordinate student resources and events, working alongside Faculties and broader University services to enhance and support the student experience at the University of Adelaide. Every SSO has an allocated Faculty. They provide tailored support and apply a cultural and holistic lens throughout the student’s journey at the University.

After enrolment, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are assigned to a Wirltu Yarlu SSO.

Cultural Advisor

Cultural Advisor

Kaurna Elder, Uncle Rod O’Brien is Wirltu Yarlu and the University of Adelaide’s Cultural Advisor. Uncle Rod has the fundamental role of providing culturally appropriate support to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. His passion for revitalisation and teaching of Kaurna Language and his experience, knowledge and pride in Aboriginal heritage and culture give our students a sense of belonging and safety.

For more information, contact Wirltu Yarlu at

Wirltu Yarlu Academic Mentoring Program (WYAMP)

Wirltu Yarlu Academic Mentoring Program (WYAMP)

The free Wirltu Yarlu Academic Mentoring Program (WYAMP) connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with academic mentors matched to their field of study. WYAMP strives to enhance and develop students’ professional, personal, and academic strengths. Our mentors can assist with coursework, referencing, exam revision and broader study and research skills.

For more information, contact Wirltu Yarlu at

Study space

Study space

Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education provides a culturally safe study space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at both our main North Terrace campus and in the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building. Equipped with all your study needs, the space located in the Wirltu Yarlu offices is set up to provide a culturally safe and calm space to aid the learning process of our students.

Counselling support

Counselling support

Student Life Counselling Support provides free and confidential counselling to students around all issues affecting their studies and life. An Aboriginal counsellor is available to provide tailored support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

For more information, please contact

Student kitchen

Student kitchen

A fully catered student kitchen is available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the University of Adelaide. The facility is located on Level 1, Hartley Building. It’s open 24/7 (swipe card access required). Students can find a variety of free, healthy and nutritious meals and snacks to help them power through their studies. The kitchen is stocked on weekdays and provides a culturally safe space for our students to relax and enjoy a meal in the company of other students.



Wirltu Yarlu’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cadetships Program is a key feature linking engagement, research, and employment across the University and a wide range of host organisations. Cadets are placed within a working environment aligned with their study and career aspirations. This immersive experience engrosses students in their chosen fields and provides a stable income while studying. Our flexible program can be tailored to the student’s career or research goals.

To make an appointment, or to discuss your needs, please contact Wirltu Yarlu at

Other Wirltu Yarlu Support available for you

  • Financial support

    Wirltu Yarlu can provide information on financial support available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students—including scholarships, Commonwealth supported assistance, and remunerated cadetships. Study costs can vary depending on the chosen study program. All University of Adelaide undergraduate degrees are ABSTUDY-approved.

  • Accommodation

    The Accommodation Service at the University of Adelaide understands that living in an environment that supports study priorities and lifestyle is important. Finding the right accommodation is closely tied to student academic success. There are a few accommodation options available, including:

    • Student housing (Housing SA)
    • Subsidised housing
    • Tika Tirka
    • Independent residential colleges
    • The University of Adelaide Village
    • Mattanya Student Residences
    • Roseworthy Residential College
    • Private rentals

    For further tailored assistance and information, please speak to one of our helpful Student Services Officers at Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education.

    For more information, contact Wirltu Yarlu at

  • Scholarships

    There are many scholarships offered at the University of Adelaide. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply. The University offers scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students. These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Wirltu Yarlu has some specific scholarships and grants available. The Indigenous Employment Officer can provide information about scholarships, grants, and cadetships.

    For more information, contact Wirltu Yarlu at

Other University services and support available for you

  • Disability support

    The University of Adelaide’s Disability Support team provide confidential, personalised assistance to students with a disability or ongoing health condition. Disability Advisors work with students to identify relevant Reasonable Adjustments and provide information and advice about how to negotiate Reasonable Adjustments with academic staff.

    More information about disability support

  • Student Care YouX

    Student Care offers independent information, advocacy, support and referral across a range of academic, administrative and welfare issues to all students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    More information about Student Care

  • University Health Practice

    The University Health Practice is a fully accredited general practice located in the heart of The North Terrace Campus. They provide high-quality health care to patients, including city-based workers and The University of Adelaide students and staff.

    More information about University Health Practice

  • Math Learning Centre

    The Maths Learning Centre (MLC) exists to help all coursework students at the University of Adelaide to engage with mathematics, so that it can support them to reach their goals and to enjoy learning.

    More information about Math Learning Centre

  • Writing Centre

    The Writing Centre aims to help all students, no matter their skill level, in their development as writers through in person and online one-on-one consultations.

    More information about Writing Centre

  • Study Abroad

    Study Overseas supports students completing part of their degree overseas, with offerings including exchange programs, study tours, study abroad, practical experiences, and onshore programs to develop students' intercultural awareness.

    More information about studying abroad

  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

    PASS aims to help students to understand and apply key concepts in their courses, supporting them to achieve their best possible academic results.

    Experienced students who have excelled in the most difficult courses, facilitate weekly 50-minute study sessions, helping you to discuss and practice important concepts and skills, check your understanding of course and assessment expectations, and build successful study habits in a friendly, casual environment. Sessions begin in Week two and run throughout the teaching weeks of each semester, with course revision sessions in the lead-up to the examination period. 

    More information about PASS