Welcome to Deakin

Welcoming 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 and Boon Wurrung people of the greater Melbourne region, and the Gunditjmara people of the Warrnambool region. For information on appropriate acknowledgements of country, please visit our Welcome to Country page.

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.

We are 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.

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.

NIKERI Institute

NIKERI Institute

Through Community-Based Education programs, the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute 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.

Learning together, growing together

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 NIKERI Institute 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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Indigenous Access Scheme

The Indigenous Access Scheme is a pathway into undergraduate study for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We want to recognise your achievements and help you succeed, so when you apply, we'll look at a range of factors to help you find the course that's right for you.

Find out more about the Indigenous Access Scheme

Indigenous Entry Stream

Our School of Medicine courses have entry streams available for Indigenous students. These entry streams are a partnership between the school and the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute.

Find out more about the Indigenous Entry Scheme



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.

Careers 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.

Learn more about working at Deakin

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.

Download the agenda (PDF, 424KB)

Contact us

Interested in working at Deakin? Contact the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Innovation for further information.

Email OISI

Looking to study through the NIKERI Institute? Contact the institute to find out more.

+61 3 5227 2538
1800 063 383

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