Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support
We provide academic, pastoral and cultural support services to Indigenous students to help you achieve your full potential and graduate job-ready.
The Gadigal Centre is the University of Sydney's dedicated student centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Community plays an important role in our culture, and this bespoke space is a home away from home. It is a place to connect with culture, interact with Elders, fellow students, and feel supported by our staff. This dedicated centre allows for a sense of belonging and enables our students to feel empowered to share our culture throughout the wider university community.
Staff are also available to assist students with support and information for a range of financial scholarship options, including the Gadigal Accommodation Scholarship to ensure each student's transition to tertiary educaiton is an easy one.
The Gadigal Centre is staffed Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Jane is a proud Aboriginal woman with ties to Wiradjuri country from her family in Wellington, New South Wales. In a distinguished career, Jane has served in leadership roles with the Department of Education, recently acting in substantive deputy principal and relieving principal roles at Matraville Sports High School. Jane has worked in Aboriginal education developing a number of successful outreach programs connecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with entities such as Sydney Opera House, the GO Foundation, the NSW Art Gallery, the Powerhouse Museum, and the NSW Parliament.
Her experience spans secondary education, outreach, and training. Her work to date is built on meaningful relationships for mutual success and a grounded understanding of the student experience. Jane strives to provide a deep commitment to support and services, and every student in the Gadigal Centre has a positive and empowering experience by focusing on the three key areas of belonging, participation, and learning.
Dea is a proud Dunghutti, Kamliaroi and Yuin Aboriginal woman, birthed on country at Burnt Bridge Mission, Kempsey NSW. She has worked in Aboriginal affairs for more than 30 years, at the local, state and national levels in health, education and housing.
She is a passionate advocate for truth telling, self-determination and improving health, wellbeing, economic empowerment, and educational outcomes for Aboriginal peoples, especially our women, children and future generations.
Dea is looking forward to making a difference at the University. She believes we need to provide all the necessary supports for our students and staff, to enable significant and positive impacts in the ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to participate in college and university life with dignity.
With connections to Palawa (Lutruwita – Tasmania) country, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and eagerness to be part of a new chapter providing exceptional support to students and staff to succeed in their journey, personally and professionally. He is keen to be part of long-standing history of the University of Sydney ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students thrive in their educational journey to be change-makers in their communities and abroad.
Charmaine has connections to Gumbaynggirr country on the NSW Mid-North Coast. She returns home to Sydney having worked at the University of Canberra’s Ngunnawal Centre. Charmaine enjoys working with emerging students and supporting them in realising their own potential, allowing them to succeed in whatever way possible.
Coby is a proud Aboriginal woman with ties to Wiradjuri country from her family in Wellington, New South Wales. She joins the Gadigal Centre, having previously held a role within the Indigenous Recruitment Team within Sydney Future Students. Coby believes education is important for everyone, especially our Indigenous people in order to close the gap and make a difference. Students can go to Coby with any questions and support they may need, or just to catch up and have a chat.
Karla is a Gamilaraay woman from Coonabarabran, Central West NSW, and has joined the Centre with the goal of supporting and having a direct impact on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student’s higher education journey and believes the Gadigal Centre provides this for students by connecting them to culture and community.
A proud Wiradjuri woman, Olivia is passionate about helping students reach their full potential by providing a high level of support as they navigate their university journey. She believes the Gadigal Centre is a place that embodies and showcases our culture each day through learning and sharing with staff, students and the wider university community.
Jay is a proud Palawa man who connects to roots in Tin Kettle Island and Pipers River. Jay has always been a big believer that education is a vital step in making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the same level as the rest of Australia. He joined the Gadigal Centre to help in making a direct impact on Indigenous students in their pursuit of higher education and give them the support they need.