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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation

Creating a "thinking path to make tomorrow"

Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu is our strategic commitment to building opportunity, capability and rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for valuing Indigenous culture at our University.

We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney is built. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices within this University may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and engagement is a core component of our future and an essential part of our collective history.

At the University of Sydney, we believe in the diversity of participation at every level of our study, work and research. It is a core part of our purpose.

It’s also a big part of what makes us a uniquely Australian university.

We're proud of our track record. When he completed his studies here in 1966, Charles Perkins was the first Aboriginal man to graduate from university.

We have already seen significant outcomes resulting from this strategy. Between 2001 and 2014:

  • we saw a 39 percent increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing at Sydney
  • our Aboriginal and Torress Strait Islander staff numbers almost doubled
  • we have led the Group of Eight universities in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates.

We offer our staff and students a wide range of services, from entry pathways to scholarships and numerous services.

Our Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu strategy is a framework through which we can enrich our community through understanding and embracing Indigenous culture.

Participation initiatives

Some of the ways we’re putting plans into action
Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme
One-to-one and group tuition to all Indigenous students.
The Koori Centre
A cultural space on campus.
Wingara Mura Leadership Program
Supporting pathways to meaningful employment.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Network
Advancing and supporting our Indigenous research initiatives.
High school participation programs
Helping high school students reach their goals.