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.

The Institute of Koorie Education is run by friendly, professional staff who have experience with the principles of community-based learning.

Visit our full staff listing


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

NITV Partnership

The Institute of Koorie Education is proud to be the exclusive education partner of NITV in 2018. We also look forward to continuing our association with the Marngrook Footy Show, filmed live at Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood Campus.

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

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

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 (CBD) approach, 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.

Institute of Koorie Education Advisory Board

The Institute of Koorie Education 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, Faculty of Arts and Education, and the broader Deakin community.

Current board members

External members

  • Aunty Joan Vickery, Patron to the Board
  • Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous, Western Sydney University and Institute Alumna
  • Rosemary Fella, Magistrate Koorie Court and Institute Alumna
  • Rod Jackson, CEO, Wathaurong Co-operative
  • 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
  • Professor Brendan Crotty, Executive Dean, Health, faculty representative
  • Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education.

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