Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community - The University of Sydney
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Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Creating opportunities for our future

Our Indigenous strategy outlines our commitment to creating higher education and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and valuing Indigenous culture.

A welcome to the University of Sydney from Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
          (Indigenous Strategy and Services).

We offer a range of initiatives to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples who dream of studying with us, including our pre-tertiary outreach programadmission pathways and scholarships and other financial support.   

Our services and facilities also include study spaces, academic workshops, ongoing tuition and accommodation support, as well as mentoring and other networks for new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students settling into university life.

In early 2021, The University launched its new Indigenous strategy, One Sydney, Many People 2021-2024 Strategy, which aims to support the best researchers and most promising students to achieve their full potential.

The commencement of One Sydney, Many People also saw the opening of the new dedicated and bespoke Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student centre, The Gadigal Centre. The launch and opening was live streamed across the University and wider community. View the online launch event.

We acknowledge the tradition of custodianship and law of the Country on which the University of Sydney campuses stand. We pay our respects to those who have cared and continue to care for Country.

The Indigenous Strategy and Services Portfolio statement on the Voice to Parliament

The Indigenous Strategy and Services portfolio of the University of Sydney emphatically endorses the Uluru Statement from the Heart and supports the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a Voice to Parliament. 

The Indigenous Strategy and Services portfolio affirm our position with a resounding "Yes".

We remain resolute in our commitment to cultivating understanding and awareness across our University to ensure that our diverse communities, encompassing staff, students, and our broader community, are well-informed about the implications of constitutional recognition through a Voice to Parliament.

We believe that the success of the referendum will support the work of the University as it continues to work in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the University and other communities with whom we have connections. We believe this is an important moment for our University and for our nation. 

We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full and we categorically support the Yes vote for constitutional change.

This pivotal moment underscores the significance for our work, reinforcing the imperative of acknowledging and upholding the rights and voices of Indigenous people.

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