Indigenous education

A proactive community-based approach to Indigenous education.

Art and design students discussing work inside the Red Center build enviroment study space.

┴˝┴ź╣┘═° is┬ácommitted to┬áeducating teachers┬áwho┬ácan┬áempower┬áIndigenous students┬áto reach their potential┬áin the classroom and┬áprovide a culturally sensitive teaching of Indigenous knowledges and histories┬áto all students.┬á

We┬áprovide┬áspecialised courses inÔÇ»Indigenous education and┬áthe integration of┬áIndigenous perspectives┬áacrossÔÇ»all┬áour┬áprograms,┬áas well as┬áextensive┬áresearch and┬áprofessional development┬áopportunities.ÔÇ»We employ┬áseveral┬áIndigenous-identified staff and work in close partnership with a range of Aboriginal communities,┬áincluding the┬áEastern Suburbs Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG).┬á┬á

We have initiated innovative community-based research projects in Indigenous Education ÔÇô such as theÔÇ»Culture, Curriculum and Community ProjectÔÇ»(CCCP) with the Little Bay Community for Schools ÔÇô to grow and develop our knowledge, and have a growing research program.┬á┬á┬á

Teaching Indigenous knowledges & histories as a national priority 

At ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°, we┬áembrace the fact┬áthat┬áAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education┬áis a National Priority Area.┬áAll our programs┬ámeet the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) professional standards┬áfor┬áteaching┬áAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students┬áand┬áIndigenous knowledges and┬áhistories.┬á┬á

Our┬áteaching┬áaims┬áto┬ápromote┬áactive and informed citizenship and┬ásupport reconciliation processes by┬ábuilding┬áculturally sensitive┬áand critically aware┬áknowledge and skills,┬áwhile┬áfostering┬áunderstanding and respect┬ábetween Indigenous and non-Indigenous┬ácommunities.┬áStudents at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° are offered enriching opportunities to engage in teaching and learning experiences that focus on Indigenous education policy, curriculum and pedagogy during their degree.┬áAs part of their first year, all┬ápreservice┬á┴˝┴ź╣┘═° students undertake┬áa community-based course in┬áIndigenous Perspectives in Education┬áwith┬áIndigenous perspectives┬áembedded in every course in their program.┬á┬á

Our experienced academics┬ácontinuously┬áexamine┬áour teaching degrees, making┬áimprovements┬áthat┬áreflect┬áthe┬áevolution┬áin policy, curricula and academicÔÇ»landscape┬áof Indigenous education.ÔÇ»┬á

Empowering Indigenous students to choose their own pathÔÇ»┬á

We work to empower Indigenous students to realise their full potential in their chosen career paths, with support and pathway programs for aspiring Indigenous teachers. 

OurÔÇ»Nura┬áGili outreach program┬áallows us to continually┬áexpand involvement┬áwith schools in Indigenous communities.┬á┬á

Nura Gili Preparatory Education Program

░Ň│ˇ▒­╠ř┬áfor undergraduate students is an alternative pathway program for Indigenous students into study at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education.┬á

The program involves a 3.5-week intensive course to provide students with a structured introduction to university. In Australia, Indigenous StudentsÔÇÖ university retention and completion rates are much lower than non-Indigenous students. This program is part of ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°ÔÇÖs commitment to improving Indigenous education outcomes, allowing students to get a feel for university life and establish a support network prior to commencement.

What our participants say 

ÔÇťI didnÔÇÖt expect such personal, intensive treatment.ÔÇŁ

ÔÇťThe program was very well structured and balanced ÔÇô practical, theory and culture which was way beyond my expectations.ÔÇŁ

ÔÇťI loved the visit to Matraville Sports High School and getting insight into a school from an educatorÔÇÖs perspective.ÔÇŁ┬á

Would you like to study education at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°?

Nura Gili, in conjunction with the School of Education at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°, has developed preparatory programs, open to Indigenous students who are looking to explore and apply for entry into undergraduate degree programs offered at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° in the area of Education.

Pre-Education Program

The program includes:

  • an introduction to teaching
  • academic literacy and classroom interaction
  • how students learn
  • the social context of schooling
  • Indigenous perspectives in education.

Go to  for more information.

Program duration:┬áThe PreÔÇÉPrograms will be held in Sydney at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°.

Venue and accommodation:┬áThe programs will be held on ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°ÔÇÖs Kensington campus and accommodation is provided on campus in student college facilities.

Who should apply?┬áAll Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are seeking to qualify for entry into Education at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°.

What does it lead to?┬áSuccessful completion of a Pre-Program may lead to entry into an undergraduate program at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° or a pathways (enabling) program.

Cost: The programs are free of charge.

How to apply

Applicants must confirm their  as part of the application process.

Applicants must also lodge an application with the┬á┬áfor the ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° undergraduate degree program that they wish to study.

Further information: For more information about the Pre-Program or any other programs for prospective Indigenous students, contact the .