Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu

As Australia’s first university, we take seriously our position as an iconic institution that has provided Australians with more than 160 years of opportunity. The Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy renews our efforts to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with opportunities to join one of Australia’s best universities – and to succeed.

The Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy is an important element of our Strategic Plan 2011–15, which makes the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, engagement, education and research one of our core objectives. As part of our response to the Strategic Plan, and the 2009 Review of Indigenous Education before it, we have already begun the changes that will support the implementation of this new strategy, including:

  • growth in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment at the University
  • the appointment of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
  • attention given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters in areas such as health
  • our commitment to forging links with international indigenous communities.

A 2012 audit report by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency commended the University for its strategic embrace of – and broad engagement in – this area.

However, we’re not yet where we want to be.

A uniquely Australian institution

We see the University of Sydney as a uniquely Australian institution, one that is shaped by and that helps shape our national stories and identity. Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu maps how the University of Sydney will work as a community to listen to, enrich and retell those stories in a way that respects and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and perspectives as a part of our vibrant identity.

Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu is a reformist and significant departure from business to date. It expands Aboriginal education, research and engagement to become part of the core activity of the University.

By pursuing this strategy, the University of Sydney will be a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are able to pursue academic interests, careers and contributions that are of intrinsic personal and academic pride, craft and purpose. Sydney will be a university where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff are able to enjoy their identity freely, safely, confidently and with pride. We intend to be a university where all people – as students, staff, alumni and visitors – are able to engage, reflect and grow as part of an honest, respectful and informed University community.

The next chapter of our story as a university will open up new pathways to the future based on the key building blocks of opportunity, capability and rights. It will contribute to an Australian narrative, identity and vision that is inclusive, enriched by and proud of all our constituent cultures and peoples.