Indigenous Tutorial Assistance and Retention (ITAR) Program

Indigenous students can receive supplementary academic tutoring, either one-to-one or in small groups, in subject-specific areas from a qualified tutor.

The ITAR program is managed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSIS Unit) in conjunction with UQ's six faculties.

ITAR is an academic initiative, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which aims to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for tutoring, please complete our online application form. As our tutoring program is very popular, we encourage you to complete your application prior to the start of the semester.

If it is your first time applying for tutoring, we ask that you make an appointment with one of our Academic Support Service Coordinators to discuss your specific needs.

Arranging your first tutorial

When a suitable tutor has been found, you will receive an email with your tutor’s contact details. Please send them an email and include a few times that you are available to meet. You may wish to meet your tutor at the ATSIS Unit at first, but we recommend meeting elsewhere on campus for subsequent tutorials.

What to expect

In your first tutorial, you will work with your tutor to develop a Work Program. This document helps you and your tutor determine what to work on each week and ensures that you are both aware of any periods where exams or major assignments are due.

Subsequently, you are eligible for one hour of tutoring per course unit per week. The standard UQ course is 2 units and therefore you are typically eligible for two hours of tutoring per course, per week. These hours cannot be accumulated and used in future weeks, so please ensure you make the most of your time each week. Please note that we also welcome online tutoring.

Making the most of your tutorials

We find that attending regular weekly tutorials helps students stay on track. However, ITAR is flexible and in some instances you may only wish to meet your tutor for guidance around assignments or exam preparation. Be sure to let your tutor know if you would like to meet weekly or on an ‘as-needed’ basis.

Your tutorials are most effective when you come prepared and advise the tutor what you would like to work on. Tricky question from a workshop? Email them the question ahead of your tutorial for the best explanation. Want to look over the draft of an assignment? If you send your tutor a draft ahead of your tutorial, they can offer more in depth feedback.

Finally, your tutors like to know how to help you best! Have an open and honest chat to them about what helps you learn the most. Maybe you’d like them to prepare a few questions to test your understanding?


Despite everyone’s best efforts, sometimes difficulties can arise. These can range from difficulties contacting your tutors, to difficulties with other students in your group, to a difference in teaching and learning style between tutor and student. If you feel you are not getting the most out of your tutorials, please get in touch with an Academic Support Services Coordinator; we can help you resolve difficulties.