In 1986 at Waurn Ponds, a spark was ignited that became a lighthouse for the nation when the groundbreaking Koorie Teacher Education Program (KTEP) was launched at Deakin, pioneering a new chapter in Indigenous education.
The KTEP later evolved into the nationally and internationally recognised Institute of Koorie Education (IKE). Through community-based programs over three decades, IKE ensured that Indigenous students had access to higher education while maintaining family, work and community commitments.
In 2020, IKE acknowledged its growing capabilities and relaunched as the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute. The name change signalled a national footprint inclusive of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Knowledges, as well as a commitment to Indigenous research within the Institute moving forward.
The appointment of respected Gunditjmara man Professor Mark Rose as the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Strategy and Innovation in 2019 and the release of the Deakin Indigenous Strategy (PDF, 3.2 MB) in 2023 reiterates our commitment to continuously improve across five domains: students, knowledge, employment, community and whole-of-University.
At Deakin, we continue to build on the proud history of providing accessible education through community-based programs, as well as through strategic action that values Indigenous education a shared responsibility for the whole Deakin community.