Unlocking Capacity and Empowering Choices

Study title

Unlocking Capacity and Empowering Choices: Indigenous Students’ Aspirations for Higher Education HEPPP, 2016)


This project explored the educational intentions and occupational interests of Indigenous school students from Years 3-12 as well as their understanding of the path from school to higher education. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of data from the Aspirations Longitudinal Study, plus additional focus groups and interviews, indicated major enablers and barriers to higher education achievement that were identified by Indigenous students, their parents and teachers.


The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.