About AIME

What we're achieving and our goals for the future

What is AIME?

  • AIME is a dynamic educational program that is proven to support Indigenous students through high school and into university, employment or further education at the same rate as all Australian students. AIME gives Indigenous students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to grow and succeed.
  • AIME was ranked 9th in BRW’s Best Places to Work in Australia 2015.
  • We believe that Indigenous = success.

Impact of AIME to Date

In 2014, 93.2% of our Year 12 cohort completed Year 12. This was 6.7 percentage points higher than the national non-Indigenous Year 12 attainment rate and 34.7 percentage points higher than the national Indigenous rate.

AIME students are also leading the way in closing the gap on post-school pathways into university, further education and training and employment. In 2014-15, 76% of AIME Year 12 students transitioned into positive post-school pathways, 36 percentage points above the national Indigenous rate of 40% and just above the national non-Indigenous rate of 75%.

An independent economic evaluation conducted by KPMG found AIME contributed $38 million to the Australian economy in 2012. For each $1 spent on the AIME program, $7 in benefits was generated.

National Outcomes 2014

National Outcomes Non-Indigenous Students Indigenous Students AIME 2014 Students
Year 10-11 progressions 94.7% 82.9% 94.8%
Year 11-12 progressions 88.1% 73.1% 87.6%
Year 12 attainment 86.5% 58.5% 93.2%

See our Annual Report for more info.

The History

AIME started in 2005 with 25 Indigenous high school students (mentees) and 25 volunteer university students (mentors).

In 2015, AIME is connecting approximately 5,700 mentees with 1,900 mentors across 18 Australian universities in all mainland states and the ACT.

The Future

By 2018, AIME will annually engage 10,000 Indigenous high school students across Australia and support their transition to university, employment or further education at the same rate as every Australian child. This will build the Indigenous talent pipeline for employers to lead Australia into the future.


“I could not feel more proud of any initiative or project with which I have an association. It is a dream becoming reality.”
– Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, Chancellor of the University of Sydney
“AIME is my favourite part of high school! I had the worst first years in high school and AIME made everything better. I have more motivation and confidence in my work thanks to all of you.”
– Kahli Coolwell, Mentee, Beerwah State High School
“I really wanted to get involved with the Indigenous community and work towards reducing existing inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. I’m studying medicine but education is something I really wanted to be involved in.”
– Swetha Prabhakaran, Mentor, Monash University
“Since coming to university, AIME has been one of the most influential extra-curricular programs I have done.”
– Tawands Biti, Mentor, Bond University
“AIME demystifies uni.”
– Leanne Jamieson, Teacher, Marrickville High School