Institute of Koorie Education

Through our Community-Based Education programs, the Institute of Koorie Education enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians the flexibility to gain access to higher education while still being able to maintain family and community obligations.

Why study through the Institute of Koorie Education?

We understand you. We know that deciding to engage in university study is a big decision that requires commitment and often, sacrifice. We acknowledge that you bring life experience and knowledge that we value as part of your journey with us. 

We want you to have a choice in what you study, flexibility with the time you study and to expect high standards of teaching and support. We also understand and respect your cultural and family obligations. You have a desire to make a difference. And so do we.

Our courses

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate studies across the arts, education, health, law and Indigenous research. We also deliver honours and research by higher degree pathways across a number of study areas. All courses are in the community-based mode of delivery and are offered to all Indigenous Australians across the nation.

Our history – 30 years of success

Since 1986, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education at Deakin has continued to expand and become more relevant to community members throughout Australia. 

The Institute of Koorie Education’s programs are centred on:

  • off-campus Community-Based Delivery
  • supported by on-campus intensive study blocks
  • complemented by local tutors in community. 

This approach to course delivery promotes access and equity for Indigenous Australian students.


Deakin offer a broad range of scholarships to assist with the costs of tuition. This includes scholarships that help with the costs to relocate from regional and remote areas.

Learn more about scholarships

Kitjarra residences

Meaning 'learning place' in Wadawurrung language, The Kitjarra student study and accommodation residences are available to students for on-campus accommodation during study intensives. 

Learn more about the Kitjarra residences

Indigenous Tutorial Network

The Indigenous Tutorial Network plays an essential role in the delivery of the Institute of Koorie Education's programs. It's set up to be responsive and relevant to your individual needs.

Learn more about the Indigenous Tutorial Network

My Deakin World – 857kms

Jessica Byrne, winner of the 2015 My Deakin World Short Film competition, tells the story of her journey from one community to another to form her Deakin World. Jessica is an Institute of Koorie Education student based in Broken Hill.

Your success is our core business

Everything at the institute is geared towards you. We offer extensive and diverse undergraduate and postgraduate courses across professional streams in the arts, education, health, business and law. You might consider the honours and research by higher degree pathways that we also deliver.

Our teaching and learning approach acknowledges and validates an Indigenous cultural framework. Our support staff will ensure you have access to university systems and information, as well as financial, spiritual and cultural support.

This is our Community-Based Delivery approach (CBD), where you'll be supported through a number of responsive teaching and learning strategies. This includes up to six study block intensives in the academic year, family and community support, community-based tutoring and regular engagement with your academic course teams.

Our community-based approach features:

  • strong community ownership of the learning space and program of study
  • shared cultural values and belief systems that are respected by everyone
  • a curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, systems and perspectives
  • students and staff who create a space of equity and equality 
  • smaller groups to foster interactive learning
  • a non-competitive teaching and learning environment 
  • peer support and encouragement.

Deakin's commitment

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

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

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

Acknowledgement of Country

Deakin wishes to pay respect and acknowledge the traditional ownership of our lands.

The University is committed to acknowledging, building and sustaining respect and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Learn more about Welcome to Country ceremonies and Deakin's Acknowledgement of Country

It’s created a space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people where they can feel comfortable, where they feel they can talk to other Aboriginal students, where they can have a community space away from their own home.



Contact us

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

The Institute of Koorie Education (IKE)
Deakin University
75 Pigdons Rd
Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216