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.
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.
This is a whole-of-University responsibility.
The Indigenous Workforce Strategy (PDF) establishes a framework for broader Indigenous engagement that achieves the University’s long-term goals for Indigenous employment.
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 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.
The Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement provides strategic leadership for the University in relation to:
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.
The Poche SA + NT centre is focused on building healthy country, healthy communities and health leaders throughout Australia’s central corridor, across the Northern Territory and South Australia.
We are proud to have been founded through the generosity of philanthropists Greg Poche AO and Kay Van Norton Poche and as part of Flinders University.
Our focus is on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people through collaborative, holistic and community-driven approaches.
The NTMP enables Territory residents to complete our medical program without travelling interstate, and has a focus on attracting Indigenous Australian students.
Purlirna kardlarna ngadluku miyurnaku yaintya tikkiarna. Wardlipari is the homeriver in the Milky Way.
The stars are the fires of the people living there. Yurarlu yurakauwi trruku-ana padninthi Wardlipari.
Yurakauwi the rainbow serpent goes into the dark spots in the Milky Way.
Ngaiyirda karralika kawingka tikainga yara kumarninthi. When the outer world and the sky connect with the water the two become one.’
Poetic text gifted to Flinders University by Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien.
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