Welcome to Deakin

We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to Deakin.

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.

Deakin is committed to enabling all our students and staff to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and values. Acknowledging, building and sustaining understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians starts with recognition that these lands have been the home of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for many thousands of years.

Discover the Deakin difference

Universities have a special part to play in reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. Deakin welcomes the responsibility of educating the next generation of ambitious First Nations thinkers, alongside our commitment to promoting issues of social justice and human rights.

The Institute of Koorie Education enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study for short, intensive periods on campus. This means they can remain connected to their families and communities while studying with us.

The Indigenous Tutorial Network (ITN) provides tutors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support students' relationships between university and home. ITN tutors not only assist you academically but actively promote strengthening your cultural identity.

We also host INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network, where researchers are helping to develop the world’s first international Indigenous design charter.

Whether you're learning, teaching, researching or working in a professional capacity at Deakin, opportunities to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledge are always encouraged.

Institute of Koorie Education

Through 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.
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Education is a key factor in improving economic and social wellbeing. Our range of scholarships for Indigenous students provide financial support and help you to focus on achieving success in your studies.
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Study options

Deakin offers a range of Indigenous study options across a number of interest areas. Depending on the course or units you choose, and your obligations at home, you can study in intensive blocks through the Institute of Koorie Education or enrol full or part time within the relevant faculty.

Regardless of study area, you'll develop tools and skills that will be useful in any workplace.

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Work at Deakin

We understand the significance of an environment that acknowledges, respects and embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language, tradition and spirituality. Discover what it's like to work for an institution that values and appreciates Australia's First Nation peoples.

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Walking the talk

More than a list of achievements or initiatives, we have a way forward, to better integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parity into everything we do.

Our Agenda 2016-2020 sets out a roadmap for change with specific targets, opportunities, and strategies to get us there.

PDF Deakin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agenda 2016-2020 -424.6KB

Contact us

Interested in working at Deakin? Contact our HR Consultant for Indigenous staffing:

Frank Gafa
+61 3 5227 3279
Email Frank Gafa

Looking to study through the Institute of Koorie Education? For general enquiries:

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

The Prospective Student Enquiries Centre can help you book a one-on-one consultation with a Deakin staff member to talk about your study and pathways options.

Can't get to a campus? No worries. You can chat with us over the phone or online to get answers to any questions you might have about your future at Deakin.

1800 MY FUTURE (1800 693 888)
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