InspireU Education

Learning outcomes for Indigenous school children are enhanced if they are taught by Indigenous teachers, but less than 1 per cent of all Australian teachers are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

The InspireU Education camp is delivered in partnership with the UQ School of Education to encourage up to 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from schools across Queensland to consider and pursue study and a career in education. It also exposes students to the wider range of career and study options available to education students and graduates.

Throughout the camp, students participate in a number of activities that are both interactive and informative, including sessions on the difference teachers make in the lives of their students, the science of learning, maths, inclusive education, languages, as well as field trips to the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Museum, Kuril Dhagun and a Drumming Circle.

Cost and travel

The reasonable cost associated with attendance at the camp, including board, meals and program activities plus transportation to and from UQ St Lucia campus where required, will be met by UQ. Participants may wish to bring a small amount of spending money.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to participate in InspireU Education, students must:

  1. Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  2. Be enrolled in schooling in Year 10, 11 or Year 12 in 2020;
  3. Be enrolled in an Australian Teritary Admission Rank (ATAR) subject and eligible for an ATAR score; and
  4. Have school attendance rate of 90% or greater.

Preference will be given to students currently studying at least one or more of Mathematics A, B or C; English; Biology; Chemistry; or Physics. Please note that you do not need to be studying all the above listed subjects.

How do I apply?

To apply for the InspireU Education residential camp (“the program”), you need to submit a completed Application Form and provide some additional information that will support your application. This includes:

  • A completed Application Form including:
    • the signed consent of one of your parents or guardians; and
    • the signed consent of your school principal; and
  • A copy of your FULL school reports from Year 7 to current year; and
  • A written reference from your referee supporting your application (i.e. referee letter).

Please note: the application must be completed in full, is readable and includes all supporting documentation required, otherwise it will not progress any further in the application process.

Please also ensure that your responses to the identified criteria questions remain within the word limit.

For more information

Contact the ATSIS Unit on (07) 3365 6665 or send an email to with the subject title being InspireU Education Program.