University and Support Contacts

University and other Contacts


Each of the 9 Victorian Universities have multiple campuses across the state. Check out the map below to see what options might be available for you!

Activate the sidebar to see which universities are represented by each colour. Click on the marker to find out more information about the uni or campus.

Every University in Victoria has a dedicated Indigenous Support Service. For more information on each of the Universities and their Indigenous Units, click below!

Australian Catholic University - Jim-baa-yer Indigenous Education Unit

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has grown rapidly over the past few years. It is a vibrant university with excellent new facilities, award-winning buildings and renowned academics. It is known for its supportive and nurturing learning environment.

ACU empowers students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions. It is a publicly-funded university, and welcomes students and staff of all beliefs and backgrounds.

ACU is globally connected, and has relationships with more than 190 universities and educational institutions around the world. The University has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – making it Australia’s only truly national university. It is also one of few Australian universities with a presence in Europe, having recently opened the Rome Centre in Italy.

And to complete the university experience, student associations organise a calendar of fun events, including annual balls and cultural and sporting activities. There are plenty of clubs and societies, and opportunities to take a break from study.

ACU offers programs in arts, media and design, business, education, environmental science, health, informatics and business systems, international development and global studies, law, psychology, counselling and social sciences, and theology and philosophy.

ACU conducts research that makes a difference. Whether it be award-winning stroke studies, or investigations on how the world population will find food in the future, ACU research aims to improve social, health and living conditions, influence public policy, and improve knowledge in specialist fields.

1300 275 228

Jim-baa-yer Indigenous Education Unit

We understand that success means different things to different students.

We are committed to our students throughout their educational journey and beyond. The Indigenous Higher Education Unit (IHEU) also provides a welcoming and culturally safe space for students to study, gather their thoughts, rest and reflect.

IHEU staff on each campus offer academic, personal and cultural support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

In addition to the support provided by the IHEU, ACU’s Office of Student Success offers personal and academic skills advice, career development and counselling services and support for people with special needs or disabilities on each campus.

If you are interested in studying at ACU please contact staff at one of our IHEU's and they will assist you with further information on our courses and the multiple pathways to becoming an ACU student.

IHEU staff also support Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander students when applying for Scholarships and Bursaries and when accessing the free tertiary tuition.

At ACU we celebrate significant dates on the "Indigenous Calendar" to reinforce our strong cultural connections. IHEU staff also provide details on community events outside of Australian Catholic University.

03 9953 3004

Deakin University – Institute of Koorie Education

Deakin University

Deakin University is proud of its inclusive and student-focused culture and has a long standing record for using cutting edge technology while providing a personalised learning experience. Deakin has developed a strong reputation for innovation and in this digital age has been driving the digital frontier in the use of new and emerging technologies in teaching.

With over 54,000 students, Deakin is Australia’s 7th largest university. Its four faculties offer a comprehensive range of courses across the arts, science, sport, nutrition, architecture, business, law, medicine, optometry, engineering, nursing, psychology and teaching. Twenty-five per cent of Deakin’s students study wholly in the cloud and all students benefit from Deakin’s technology-rich environment.

Deakin has a strong international focus and reputation, with almost 10,000 international students choosing to study at Deakin. Deakin has international offices in South Asia, China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Deakin has received the Governor’s Export Award for Education and Training for three consecutive years (2014- 2016). Our 221,000 alumni live and work across the globe and their success is the best measure of Deakin’s success.

1800 693 888

Institute of Koorie Education

Why study through the Institute of Koorie Education?
We understand you. We know that deciding to engage in university study is a big decision that requires commitment and often, sacrifice. We acknowledge that you bring life experience and knowledge that we value as part of your journey with us.

We want you to have a choice in what you study, flexibility with the time you study and to expect high standards of teaching and support. We also understand and respect your cultural and family obligations. You have a desire to make a difference. And so do we.

Our courses
We offer undergraduate and postgraduate studies across the arts, education, health, law and Indigenous research. We also deliver honours and research by higher degree pathways across a number of study areas. All courses are in the community-based mode of delivery and are offered to all Indigenous Australians across the nation.

Your success is our core business
Everything at the institute is geared towards you. We offer extensive and diverse undergraduate and postgraduate courses across professional streams in the arts, education, health, business and law. You might consider the honours and research by higher degree pathways that we also deliver.

Our community-based approach features:
• strong community ownership of the learning space and program of study
• shared cultural values and belief systems that are respected by everyone
• a curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, systems and perspectives
• students and staff who create a space of equity and equality
• smaller groups to foster interactive learning
• a non-competitive teaching and learning environment
• peer support and encouragement.

1800 063 383

Federation University – Aboriginal Education Centre

Federation University

Federation University Australia (FedUni) is one of the nation’s leading regional universities. With a reputation for relevance and excellence, FedUni has a strong tradition of education and training delivery spanning nearly 150 years.

Headquartered in Ballarat, the university’s five campuses from the west of Victoria to the east anchor the range of programs that FedUni delivers throughout Australia and internationally. We also will introduce our courses at Monash University’s Berwick Campus in 2017 prior to taking control of the site in 2018.

Our Gippsland Campus offers a range of exciting programs for regional students. Located within easy walking distance of the town of Churchill, and only two hours south-east of Melbourne, the Gippsland Campus offers the benefits of a regional
lifestyle with city access.

Our Wimmera Campus provides a wide range of programs for students throughout Horsham, Ararat, Stawell and Western Victoria.

The University also runs the Nanya Environmental Research Station in Western New South Wales.

1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864)

Aboriginal Education Centre

The Centre provides support to prospective and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We have a range of support for students at Mt Helen, SMB, Wimmera, Gippsland and Berwick campuses.

Learning and study: Meet with learning skills advisor, or access our tutoring service.

Become a mentor: The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) is a dynamic educational program that is proven to support Indigenous students through high school and into university, employment or further education. AIME gives you the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to grow and succeed.

Student Support:
The AEC assists identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander TAFE and Higher Education Students by:
• administering tutorial assistance
• providing individual learning plans
• pastoral care
• providing advocacy internally and externally
• facilitation of involvement with the local Aboriginal community
• advice on scholarship information and other internal University support services

Internal: As an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander you are able to
apply for all scholarships on offer at Federation University Australia.
External: We encourage Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to apply for external scholarships. Our liaison officers are happy to assist you with your application/s.

03 5327 9648

La Trobe University – Indigenous Strategy and Education

La Trobe University

We believe that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Our goal is to make a difference – to our students and staff, and in the communities that we serve.

We have recently achieved our best overall research ranking and are now firmly entrenched in the world’s top 400 universities as measured by the three major ranking agencies.

La Trobe has been rated among the top ten universities in Australia, and the top three in Victoria, for the numbers of specific fields of research rated at ‘well above world standard’ in the latest government excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) survey. We achieved top rating in three broad discipline groups: Agricultural, Biological and Physical Sciences. La Trobe was rated the equal best university in Australia for Biological Sciences, best in Australia for Agricultural and Veterinary Studies, and was the only top-rated university in the country for Physiology.

La Trobe’s strengths extend to the Arts and Humanities. La Trobe is among the world’s elite institutions in subjects assessed in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. We featured in the top 100 global universities in History, Sociology and Archaeology. Subjects in the world’s top 200 list include Communications and Media, Linguistics, Agriculture, Psychology, Accounting and Finance, Education and Politics.

La Trobe is also the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria, with more than 6,500 student enrolments at our campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. Importantly, most of our students stay and work in their communities following graduation.

1300 135 045

Indigenous Strategy and Education

Indigenous Student Service Units have as a statement of purpose – the delivery of the highest quality services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as prospective and current students as well as alumni. These services aim to increase access, participation, retention and success for Indigenous Australians within the higher education sector.

Future students: Indigenous Student Services, can provide information on arranging school visits to any of the La Trobe University campuses, and about the University's application and selection process.

Sport Occupations and Aspiration Raising camp (SOAR)
SOAR is a free three-day camp that introduces Year 9 and 10 Indigenous students to university and sports occupations. Our mentors accompany students as they learn what it takes to work in media and sport science with an elite sports club. They take part in activities like traditional Indigenous games, rock climbing then change to design and learn about technologies and how its applied in the 21st century. Meet our academics, and learn about preparing for VCE and life after school.

Student Service Units are based on all La Trobe campuses.
Albury-Wodonga: Woddha Gki-Lya Indigenous Education Unit
Bendigo: Jimbeyer Boondjhil Indigenous Unit
Melbourne: Ngarn-gi Bagora Indigenous Centre
Mildura: Indigenous Student Services Officer
Shepparton: Ngarrapna Indigenous Education Unit

Services available include: tuition under the Indigenous Academic Enrichment Program (formerly ITAS), dedicated culturally safe student spaces, financial assistance (including scholarships, bursaries, book vouchers), referral to counselling and equality & diversity services and cultural activities held throughout the year.

03 9479 3464

Monash University - Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit

Monash University

Monash University is the largest university in Australia, and among the most highly regarded in the world. In just 50 years, we have built a reputation for quality teaching and world-leading research. Our students leave with a greater sense of purpose, a global outlook, and the skills and confidence to make positive change. Monash is a member of the Group of Eight universities and is ranked 74 in the world.

Greater choice to match your interests
We offer one of the largest ranges of degree and double degree options in Australia. That means students can better match their studies to their interest areas. Our scale allows for more research opportunities, more international exchanges, and more opportunities to collaborate across different fields.

Real world partnerships
Our research and curriculum is underpinned by enterprising partnerships with industry, government, research institutions, and community groups. We produce graduates of the future and are committed to research that moves the world forward.

Our rankings
• Ranked 74 in the world (Times Higher Education world university rankings 2015-2016)
• 5 stars for teaching, excellence and research (The Good Universities - Guide 2015)
• Ranked Top 50 for 21 subjects including Accounting and Finance, Engineering, Chemistry, Law and Medicine (QS World-University Rankings 2015)

1800 MONASH ( 1800 666 274 )

Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit

The Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit supports Indigenous students and staff in their education and employment aspirations. Yulendj actively recruits Indigenous staff and students, and provides strategic advice to the University on Indigenous matters. Our Elder-in-Residence, Aunty Diane Singh, sits within the Unit, and we provide executive support to the Indigenous Advisory Council. Located on the Clayton campus, Yulendj provides tutorial and study spaces for students, and a multi-purpose lounge.

We help students with:
• Applying for courses, scholarships and bursaries
• Advice on prerequisites / entry requirements
• Tutorials
• Study resources
• Computer and internet access
• Student lounges
• Finding accommodation
• Referral to other services

Academic support
We take supporting Indigenous students and their families seriously. We have several academic support programs in place to make sure students achieve their best and
enjoy their time at University.

Our name - Yulendj
The Wurundjeri Tribal Land Council have given us approval to use the word Yulendj as the name of our Indigenous Engagement Unit. Yulendj comes from the Woiwurrung language and means 'sense, intelligence'.

03 9902 4972

RMIT University – Ngarara Willim Centre

RMIT University

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for our students.

As one of Australia’s oldest institutions established in 1887, RMIT now has 83,000 students. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied and innovative research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.

RMIT was ranked 13th in Australia in the 2016–17 QS World University Rankings and is 16th in the world among universities less than 50 years old. RMIT is also16th in the world (highest ranked in Australia) in Art and Design, and 36th in the world (4th highest in Australia) in Architecture and the Built Environment.

With three campuses in Melbourne, two in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, RMIT is a truly global university. RMIT also offers programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and enjoys research and industry partnerships on every continent. Work-integrated learning is fundamental to the design and delivery of every RMIT program. Our programs are aligned with future workforce demand and shaped by the expertise of industry practitioners.

RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate and VET programs, enabling students to have the option of work-relevant pathways between vocational and higher education qualifications. A range of scholarships are available to support education and research.

03 9925 2000

Ngarara Willim Centre

Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT University stands. The Ngarara Willim Centre is exactly that, a place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to gather, make connections and seek support throughout your studies.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme provides entry into RMIT University programs (courses) through an informal interview process. It also takes into account relevant life, work, education and training experience. Our team are here to support you through this process.

Our staff can assist you to engage and re-engage with education, at any stage of life. We offer ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs. This may include helping you to find employment, providing direct study support through tutoring or linking you in with other students to be part of the social fun too!

There are also a large number of scholarships available to support your studies. Our team can assist you in applying for these and ensuring you have access to these opportunities, as well as professional development and other student experiences that are available to you.

The Ngarara Willim Centre is more than just a service – we’re a Community. At the centre, you can access:
• computers (including PCs, Macs and a printer)
• kitchen facilities, including a feed!
• a lounge area
• a meeting space
• our friendly staff who are always around for support and a yarn!

Join the Ngarara Willim Centre community where we challenge you to reach your potential.

03 9925 4885

Swinburne University – Moondani Toombadool

Swinburne University

Swinburne is a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science technology and innovation. As a university, we are dedicated to producing outstanding research that is relevant, has impact and is internationally recognised.

We have three Melbourne-based campuses; Hawthorn, Wantirna and Croydon. Internationally, we have a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, which connects us to one of the most rapidly growing regions of the world.

For over 50 years, we have been partnering with leading Australian and global organisations to offer students authentic workplace experiences. By working on real industry projects and gaining the professional skills that put knowledge into practice, our students are able to prepare for a fulfilling career.

Swinburne has become one of the world’s leading universities, ranked within the top three per cent of universities globally, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Our rankings reinforce Swinburne as a university with a depth of expertise in teaching and research, both in Australia and internationally.

Our research strengths are in astronomy and physics, engineering, materials science, computer science and information technology; design and innovation. We also have substantial capability and research excellence in neuroscience, mental health and the humanities and social sciences.

Both as an early leader in international education and through our expertise in online education, Swinburne is an institution making educational opportunities available to a new generation of learners through Swinburne Online and Open Universities Australia.

1300 794 628

Moondani Toombadool

Moondani Toombadool means ‘embracing teaching and learning’ in Woiwurrung language. It is a term that describes Swinburne’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support, education, research and engagement programs at our campuses and in our work with communities across Australia.

We support Indigenous students, including on-campus, online and community learners, to be in control of their own studies. Students can receive assistance with pre-enrolment, subject selection, orientation and graduation as well as plans for life after studying. We ensure students’ education and training experience is positive,
inclusive and successful.

Swinburne provides tutorial support to Indigenous students enrolled in higher education studies. Tutorial support can be also arranged for students enrolled in formal vocational education and training (PAVE). To find out more about tutoring support, please contact our Indigenous student support team.

03 9953 3004

The University of Melbourne – Murrup Barak

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is the leading centre of higher education and research in Australia. It’s located in Parkville on the fringe of Melbourne’s central business district.

The University is ranked number one in Australia and 33 in the world in the Times Higher Education World University rankings (2015–2016).

Melbourne offers undergraduate degrees in nearly 100 major fields of study, as well as over 270 graduate courses available through 18 graduate schools to more than 45,000 students annually. It has one of the largest cohorts of graduate researchers in Australia with more than 15,000 PhD, research doctorate, masters by research and postgraduate coursework candidates.

Research achievements
The University of Melbourne’s researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, telecommunications, climate change and medical research. Melbourne scholars of particular international renown include Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and alumna and Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.

Contributing to arts and culture
The University of Melbourne contributes to Australia’s cultural landscape through programs such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne University Publishing, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Asialink.

The University’s impressive range of museums and galleries explores everything from contemporary art, classics and archaeology, medical and dental history, to music and the sciences.

13 MELB (13 6352)

Murrup Barak

Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development takes its name from the Woiwurrung language. ‘Murrup Barak’ means the Spirit of Barak. The name was chosen to honour the memory of the visionary Aboriginal leader William Barak. The name reflects our respect for Indigenous cultures and knowledge and our vision for an Institute that makes an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment in the context of Australia’s leading University in teaching, learning, research and employability.

Our purpose is to make an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment for Indigenous Australians, who either come to study or work at The University of Melbourne.

Our work spans across five main areas. The Directorate brings together, partnership management, strategy, planning monitoring and compliance and also elder and community engagement advice. Our Indigenous Student Outreach work is underpinned by long-term relationships with the student, community and the school. We create floodlit pathways for Indigenous Australian secondary students into the University of Melbourne. The Indigenous Student Success Team works with Indigenous Australian students to ensure they have the necessary support around them, which enables them to build their capacity to make decisions to maximise their academic, global, social and cultural experiences with us. The Staff Employment Program supports and builds the capacity of University to recruit and retain Indigenous Australians.

In partnership with Rumbalara Netball and Football Club Murrup Barak provides leadership to The Academy of Sport, Health and Education which delivers a holistic integrated education program for Indigenous students based in Shepparton

03 8344 7722

Victoria University – Moondani Balluk

Victoria University

A champion of diversity, Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne is recognised for its world-class teaching, research and international outlook, ranking in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016/17), and firmly positioned in the QS World University Rankings (2016/17).

Delivering both higher education and vocational education and training, (via its TAFE division, Victoria Polytechnic), VU offers flexible pathways across certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees, as well as masters and PhDs.

VU is also one of the leading sports universities in the Southern Hemisphere, with several elite sport-related industry partnerships including an extremely successful 20-year partnership with the Western Bulldogs AFL team.

Today, VU continues to shape its future as a university that is accessible, flexible, internationally engaged, and strongly connected to local industry and community, truly making it the University of Opportunity and Success.

1300 VIC UNI (1300 842 864)

Moondani Balluk

We work to create and foster:
• a culturally safe environment that welcomes, nurtures and recreates based on relationships to land, culture, law and elders
• sharing of Aboriginal knowledge, and translating and embedding Aboriginal practices into all our work, research and curricula
• respect for all people through mutually engaged relationships
• a commitment to pursuing political and social justice, equity, and access to education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• accountability to Aboriginal cultural values, protocols, and norms.

Moondani Balluk offer a lot of support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
students. We can help you with applying for a course or getting financial assistance and scholarships.

Our strong background in education and engagement has helped many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential at Victoria University.

Moondani Balluk can help you with:
• ABSTUDY applications
• course and enrolment advice
• scholarships and awards
• access to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resource Library
• referral to counselling, including discrimination advice and referral
• referrals and support in housing and finance matters
• social support through our campus locations, cultural awareness activities, community organisations and events
• graduations and the option to wear and keep the VU Aboriginal stole (a type of academic dress worn at VU graduation ceremonies)
• career and employment advice through cadetships, work experience and job listings.

03 9919 2891