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We’re committed to advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and enabling the next generation of leaders to thrive. Explore your study options and have the flexibility to learn in a way that suits you, in an environment that respects your cultural values and beliefs.

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Pathways to study

Pathways to study

Have you found your dream course but don’t quite meet the entry requirements? At Deakin, there are pathways across a wide range of study areas that recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, helping you to reach your career goals.

NIKERI Institute

The National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute has a proud 35-year history assisting more than 1000 First Nations students to graduate, growing Indigenous Knowledges and pioneering research.

Support services

We’re committed to creating positive and inclusive experiences for our Indigenous students, with support that responds to your individual needs. Whether you’re looking for course advice, personal or financial support or something else, we want to help set you up for a bright future.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of our lands and waterways. We pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Acknowledgement of Country

Welcome to Deakin

In 1986, a spark was ignited that became a lighthouse for the nation and a new chapter in Indigenous education commenced at Waurn Ponds. Deakin proudly builds on a rich three-decade history of Indigenous education, from humble beginnings in 1986 to our current day strategic commitment to the First Nations staff, students and communities that we serve.

Learn more about Deakin’s history in Indigenous education

A shared vision for the future

The new Deakin Indigenous Strategy 2023–2028 builds on a rich heritage and solidifies our ongoing commitment to Reconciliation, Indigenous Knowledges and improving the experience and success of Indigenous students in higher education. The Strategy sets out principles for sustained and responsive action, setting out a shared vision for the future.

By acknowledging that we have a long way to go, we make a strong declaration for continuous improvement, working with our partners, staff, students and communities to raise the voice and influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Download the Deakin Indigenous Strategy 2023–2028 (PDF, 3.1MB)

Acknowledgement of Country

Deakin University acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of all the unceded lands, skies and waterways on which Deakin students, staff and communities come together. As we learn and teach through virtually and physically constructed places across time, we pay our deep respect to the Ancestors and Elders of Wadawurrung Country, Eastern Maar Country and Wurundjeri Country, where our physical campuses are located. We also acknowledge the many First Nations from where students join us online and make vital contributions to our learning communities.

Research for the future

Research for the future

Deakin showcases Indigenous Knowledges both academically, and to the wider community, through respectful, culturally safe and authentic research. We also support and empower First Nations researchers at all career stages through the NIKERI Institute.

The Deakin Indigenous Strategy builds on the three-and-a-half-decades that the University has been a lighthouse for many First Nations people who sought liberation for their families, communities and themselves through education.

Professor Mark Rose

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Innovation

Want to work with Deakin?

We are focused on providing fulfilling and rewarding careers for staff in a supportive, understanding and respectful environment. Deakin strives to be an ‘employer of choice’ for First Nations peoples with a workplace that respects culture, recognises cultural load, acknowledges cultural safety and provides meaningful growth and professional development opportunities.

Learn more about working for Deakin


We deliberately use the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, First Nations, First Peoples interchangeably and in doing so acknowledge that while people have personal preferences, none of these terms are perfect and with that imperfection each carry nuanced residual forms of colonial power. This content is created with the core value of respect.

Artwork: ‘Learning Together, Growing Together’ by Nathan Patterson

Contact us

We’re here to support you. If you have any questions or want to speak to someone about your study options, you can contact us by phone or email.

NIKERI Institute
+61 3 5227 2538

Future students
1800 693 888