Frequently asked questions

If you are: 

  • A First Nations high school student 
  • Starting Year 11 or 12 in 2023 
  • Curious about business studies at university 

You can apply.  Go to Apply now and complete the application form.  It’ll take 10 minutes!

If you already have proof of Aboriginality, then we will request it from you after we have completed assessing applications. Otherwise, you may need to fill in a statutory declaration. We’ll send you the form to complete.  It takes 2 minutes to do. 

Everyone will get the chance to stay on campus at Ormond College. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the true university college experience, then Ormond is the best place for any aspiring university student. Ormond College is located on the University grounds at:

49 College Cres, Parkville VIC 3052

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All NIBSS participants’ will be staying at Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. Linen and towels will be provided. We recommend to bring the following:

  • 4-5 pairs of shorts/jeans/tracksuit pants
  • 7 changes of underwear
  • 5 shirts and/or t-shirts (NIBSS will provide 1 t-shirt and baseball cap)
  • 1 extra pair of comfortable footwear (closed)
  • 2 sets of pyjamas
  • 1 sports appropriate clothes (T-shirt, track suit)
  • 1 Smart casual outfit for attendance to Celebration dinner at the Melbourne Museum
  • Plastic bags for laundry
  • Toiletries: Soap, Toothbrush/toothpaste, Shampoo, etc

  • Optional: Camera, books, playing cards, spending money

You’ll get confirmation that your application has been successful submitted.  After 27 November, all the applications are considered by the selection committee and you are notified in early December if you have been successful. 

No, all expenses are covered.  We pay for your travel to Melbourne, accommodation while you are here, tickets to events and all meals.  You just have to cover your personal expenditure like gifts and souvenirs. 

Everyone from across Australia is welcome!  We’ve had students coming from NT and WA!  It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people to think through what to do after high school.  Most decide to enrol in degrees in their home state and NIBSS gives you the chance to experience what a typical university might be like. 

NIBSS was created exactly for this reason.  It can be hard to decide what to do after high school.  NIBSS gives you the chance to explore whether business studies or even university life is for you without any pressure.  Some past NIBSS participants have enrolled in business studies, but we’ve also had others who decided to do TAFE or non-business studies or go directly into a trade.  That’s been the positive outcome of NIBSS – just helping you to understand that you have lots of options. 

Did you know that the most successful designers also know a fair bit about how to run their business?  Creativity and business knowledge are both important in setting up a successful fashion label.  The program covers marketing and branding – practical skills that designers will need to take their creations into the marketplace! 

We’ll consult with your parent/guardian about travel arrangements and will plan the trip with you so that you always know what will happen.  At the airport, someone will be there to meet you and introduce you to the group.  An Indigenous mentor will always be available.  You won’t ever be on your own and there will always be someone to make sure you at OK. 

Our residential college has health safety plans for all residents. Everyone fills in a form with details of their health requirements and we put in place a management plan which is confidential and is only between you and the people who are responsible for your welfare while you’re with us. 

Contact Dale Wandin for any questions, from both yourself or your parent/guardian.  Dale is the Indigenous student engagement officer and is always happy to chat


Tel: 03 8344 3941