Gadigal Centre

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.

Welcome to the Gadigal Centre

The Gadigal Centre is the University of Sydney's dedicated student centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  

Located in the John Woolley Building (A20) on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus, our dedicated support services and culturally safe study spaces ensure you’ll have plenty of help while you study.

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.

The Gadigal Centre provides pastoral and cultural support services, as well as academic and social enrichment programs like ITAS and MOBS to ensure you get the most out of your university experience.

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.

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.

Our people

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.

Dhani is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Cowra NSW, who has grown up on Gadigal Country. Having worked previously at Walanga Muru, Macquarie University, Dhani has strengthened a deep passion and understanding surrounding the importance of providing culturally safe spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Higher Education. She is excited to join the Gadigal Centre to assist the students here in any way they need throughout their university journey.

Georgia is a proud Worimi woman from Forster NSW, who has grown up on Kuring-gai Country. Through studying an education degree and previously working at Walanga Muru, Macquarie University, Georgia has strengthened her passion for supporting First Nation students to achieve their full potential in educational institutions. She believes that the Gadigal Centre is a culturally safe space that equips Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the tools and support to pave their future. She is excited to walk beside First Nation students during their education journey and help every step of the way. 

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.

Matilda is a proud Gumbaynggir woman who grew up in the Southern Highlands and in Mollymook on the South Coast. Matilda has recently graduated a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney and is continuing to study a Bachelor of Laws.

She is currently working in the Gadigal Centre on communications and events. As a student herself, Matilda is passionate about making sure higher education is accessible to both her peers and those to come.


The Voice to Parliament

Voices from our community and beyond

Creating opportunities for our community to listen deeply, be heard and to be equipped with knowledge.