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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. In 1966, Charles Perkins was the first Aboriginal man to graduate from this University, and more recently we have been graduating more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students than any of Australia’s leading eight universities.

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.

Our commitment to growing opportunities for all has quickly produced encouraging results in five areas of priority; community engagement, staff recruitment and retention, cultural competence, research and student enrolments.

In 2014, the University of Sydney increased the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in the University community to 81.

The representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students also increased to 358 students.

Participation initiatives

Some of the ways we’re putting plans into action

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