Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander participation

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.

We believe in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation at every level of our study, work and research. It is a core part of our purpose as a university.


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Simone-Cherie Holt and Patricia King

Opportunities at Sydney

We aim to attract and retain outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent as academic and professional colleagues. We can support your future career and aspirations.


Support for students

We offer support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at many levels, providing a safe, respectful and comfortable environment to learn and grow.

Support for staff

Support for staff

We provide support for teachers and researchers working on Indigenous issues, and also offer specific support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues.


National Centre for Cultural Competence

The National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is a call to the University community and broader society to connect with the innovation, ideas and opportunity of cultural competence.


Resources and toolkit

The following resources aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Australian Indigenous cultures, an awareness of protocols and tools that will help develop individual and organisational cultural competence.


Research at Sydney

We aim to contribute and share knowledge and research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues with community and civic leaders and industry and government stakeholders.

Shane Houston

Find out about our plans

The Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy sets out detailed initiatives across the University to support our promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement.

Contact us

Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) with Hazel Wilson

If you have a question about the University’s overall approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, please contact the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services).

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
The Quadrangle A14
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

T 1800 622 742 (toll free in Australia)
F +61 2 9351 2915

Office hours are 9am to 5pm