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.
The National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study for short, intensive periods on campus. This means they can remain connected to their families and communities while studying with us.
The Indigenous Tutorial Network (ITN) provides tutors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support students' relationships between university and home. ITN tutors not only assist you academically but actively promote strengthening your cultural identity.
We also host INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network, where researchers are helping to develop the world’s first international Indigenous design charter.
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.
Through Community-Based Education programs, the 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.
Learn more about the NIKERI Institute
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.
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.
Work 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.
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.