Institute of Koorie Education

The Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians the flexibility to access higher education while maintaining their family, work and community commitments.

The IKE difference

When you study with the Institute of Koorie Education, you'll gain a fully accredited Deakin degree while learning in a space with shared cultural values and belief systems.

You'll take part in several on-campus one-week intensives throughout the year, then continue your studies online at home. We call this Community Based Delivery (CBD).

We cover all your transport to Deakin and back home again, and while you’re here we supply accommodation and meals at our Kitjarra student residence.

With us, you'll experience education that is culturally sensitive and encompasses Indigenous knowledges and experiences.

Our courses

  • Choose from qualifications across the arts, education, social work, law, environment, Indigenous research, health and nursing.
  • Experience opportunities for honours and research pathways.
  • Embrace the benefits of CBD – a learning experience that recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges within a supportive and flexible environment.

Browse 2019 courses

How to apply

Ready to begin your journey to higher education? Follow our step-by-step process for applying to study at IKE and you'll soon be preparing for your first study intensive.

Learn how to apply

Scholarships

There are a range of scholarships available to institute students that can assist you with the costs of tuition. This includes scholarships that help with the costs to relocate from regional and remote areas.

Learn more about scholarships

Our history

Since 1986, IKE has set out to deliver access to high-quality education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. We work closely with community members to ensure we continue to provide relevant and culturally sensitive education.

Kitjarra residences

Meaning 'learning place' in Wadawurrung language, the Kitjarra student study and accommodation residences will be your home away from home during study intensives.

Learn more about the Kitjarra residences

Indigenous Tutorial Network

The Indigenous Tutorial Network helps you to gain access to a tutor in your area to help with your studies – even if you’re in the most remote of communities. The network is set up to be responsive and relevant to your individual needs.

Learn more about the Indigenous Tutorial Network

NITV partnership

The Institute of Koorie Education is proud to be the exclusive education partner of NITV in 2019. We also look forward to continuing our association with the Marngrook Footy Show, filmed live at Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Learn more about the Marngrook Footy Show

I don't teach to talk at people. I don't teach for any other reason than to help people understand Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal health, and Aboriginal education. I see an opportunity to help build what was once broken.

candice mckenzie

coordinator of indigenous medical education/lecturer in public health medicine

Indigenous studies for Deakin-wide students

All Deakin students can now enrol in Indigenous studies units through the Institute of Koorie Education. Able to be taken as an elective in any course, these units discuss ways you can enact positive change through promoting diversity and cultural understanding. Students value these units for their transferable knowledge and the way they build vital communication skills.

Delivered by Indigenous academic staff, these units provide you a comprehensive and engaging exploration of the history, culture and identity of Australia’s First Nation’s People. They enhance your cultural responsiveness and help to build a well-rounded degree to empower your future. The available units are:

Find out how you can take an Indigenous studies elective by contacting a Student Adviser.

Contact a student adviser to learn about Indigenous studies

Our team

IKE is strengthened by our highly experienced, friendly and professional staff and our advisory board, who maintain our ability to be a world-class education institute.

Visit our staff listing

Institute of Koorie Education Advisory Board

The institute's advisory board was established to provide governance advice around key areas including Indigenous knowledge, courses, student engagement and community aspirations and partnerships. The board reflects the national scale of the institute's activities and advises on cultural context and direction on strategic objectives.

The composition of the board includes external representatives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, as well as internal representatives from the institute, the Faculty of Arts and Education and the broader Deakin community.

Current board members

External members

  • Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver
    Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous, Sydney University and Institute Alumnus
  • Rosemary Fella
    Magistrate Koorie Court and Institute Alumnus
  • Tom Mosby
    CEO, Koorie Heritage Trust
  • Geraldine Atkinson
    President, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.
  • Joel Wright
    Coordinator, South West Aboriginal Language Program, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

Deakin members

  • Professor Liz Cameron
    Director, Institute of Koorie Education
  • Associate Professor Gabrielle Fletcher
    Academic Representative
  • Aunty Janis Koolmatrie
    Student Representative
  • Alfred Deakin Professor Christine Ure
    Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Professor Yin Paradies
    Coordinator Indigenous Knowledges and Culture

Deakin's commitment to Indigenous Acknowledgement

Deakin wishes to pay respect and acknowledge traditional land ownership.

Deakin campuses are built on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people of the Geelong region, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the greater Melbourne region, and the Gunditjmara people of the Warrnambool region.

We are committed to enabling all of our students and staff to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, culture and values.

Learn more about Deakin's commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 5227 2538
1800 063 383
Email the Institute of Koorie Education

Institute of Koorie Education
Deakin University
75 Pigdons Rd
Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216