Information for tutors

The Indigenous Academic Success Program offers staff the opportunity to expand their tutoring role at Swinburne by working one-on-one with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


The Moondani Toobadool Centre is seeking tutors who have:

  • completed minimum third-year level tertiary study with demonstrated high-level academic achievement (mandatory)
  • experience teaching, tutoring or mentoring students at undergraduate level (desired)
  • experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in an educational environment (desired).
  • Postgraduate students already engaged as tutors within their faculty or department are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Successful applicants are required to complete one of the following mandatory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness development opportunities:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness – (online Swinburne compliance training module).
  2. Indigenous Australian Cultural Competency Training – delivered face to face at a half day workshop at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne or selected workshops at Swinburne Hawthorn Campus.

Roles and responsibilities

Tutors are expected to assist students to:

  • develop and deepen their theoretical understanding of course content
  • develop an understanding of key discipline-related concepts
  • improve critical thinking stills
  • improve research skills
  • improve skills in seeking, retrieving and evaluating information
  • evaluate course readings.

Tutors should:

  • submit a co-signed IASP Tutor and Student Log to track the hours students have received tutoring 
  • submit a T5 Timesheet
  • declare any conflict of interest or circumstance that compromises their professional integrity and participation in the Indigenous Academic Success Program.

Tutors should not:

  • do any part of a student’s reading, research or assignment work
  • act as editors or proofreaders of a student’s work
  • assess or grade a student’s assignment work
  • discuss a student’s performance or progress with members of academic staff without that student’s permission.


Tutors employed as part of the Indigenous Academic Success Program are paid $65.63 per hour, negotiable depending on your qualification/s and/or experience.

The rate will increase in line with Swinburne’s Academic and General Staff Enterprise Agreement 2017 [PDF 1.8MB] (staff login required).

How to apply

To apply to work as a tutor with the Indigenous Academic Success Program, email your completed expression-of-interest form and your résumé to

Staff from the Moondani Toombadool Centre will work to pair you with suitable students based on their studies.

Note: We are unable to predict demand for this program.