At Flinders University, we recognise the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Nations people, and are committed to Indigenous education and engagement.
Our Strategic Plan, The 2025 Agenda: Making a Difference, states our commitment to: engaging with Indigenous Australians, students, staff and the community respecting Indigenous knowledge systems and perspectives, progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment and wellbeing.
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Flinders University acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which its campuses are located, these are the Traditional Lands of the Arrernte, Dagoman, First Nations of the South East, First Peoples of the River Murray & Mallee region, Jawoyn, Kaurna, Larrakia, Ngadjuri, Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Warumungu, Wardaman and Yolngu people. We honour their Elders and Custodians past, present and emerging.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) through the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, has responsibility for providing strategic leadership for the University in relation to fostering and affirming Indigenous student educational success, enacting the vision and collective commitment of the University’s Innovate Reconciliation Action
Flinders University’s collective vision is to foster an environment that recognises and embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, knowledges and cultures. This vision for reconciliation is grounded in the concepts of togetherness, reciprocity, and respect.
This Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is part of Flinders University’s ongoing work to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community participation, retention and success in higher education and commits to celebrating Indigenous success and self-determination.
The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) commenced on 1 January 2017 and provides supplementary funding to universities to help students take on the demands of university and succeed.
Funding is provided annually and facilitates the delivery of services focused on supporting the engagement of Indigenous students through outreach activities, scholarships, academic support, tuition and pastoral care services.
Annual reports of the University’s activities are available to download:
The ISST encourages the development of localised and connected strategies within Colleges and Portfolios towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students' success.
Indigenous Research Strategy
First Nations Researchers Collective
The First Nations Researchers Collective at Flinders University was established in December 2021 after an iterative co-design process with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, and Research Development and Support. The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is sponsoring the Collective.
Yungkurrinthi Student Engagement sits within the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement. Yungkurrinthi Student Engagement is committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student access, participation, retention and success. Yungkurrinthi Student Engagement provide a range of services and supports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and the team of highly qualified staff is dedicated in supporting students throughout their university journey.
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