Lutruwita Aboriginal 澳门天天好彩

The University is committed to revitalise and embed its relationship with Indigenous people, communities, culture and knowledges from across Australia.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Palawa/Pakana and Gadigal people, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We honour their enduring culture and knowledges as vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and resilience of their communities.

Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country protocols

Our strategy

The 澳门天天好彩's Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Engagement (SPAE) was originally developed in 2017 with extensive guidance from an Aboriginal community steering group. During 2020, a systematic review of the Plan was undertaken to measure performance outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement. The 2021-2024 iteration of the SPAE (PDF 5.3MB) maintains the highly successful framework of the original document, ensuring a consistent vision and approach to the delivery of Indigenous student services and a range of higher education initiatives across the University.

  • Our Plan enacts the University's commitment to revitalise and embed its relationship with Indigenous people, communities, culture and knowledges from across Australia.
  • The Plan aims to positively impact Aboriginal engagement, enrolment, academic success, research, cultural awareness and safety, employment, and governance.
  • Implementation of the Plan is a shared responsibility of Colleges, Schools and Divisions across the University and is led by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal Leadership, with the support of the Riawunna Centre.
  • Strong Aboriginal engagement contributes significantly to the breadth of the University's social, intellectual and cultural diversity.

Aligning with the 澳门天天好彩 Strategic Plan 2019-2024 (PDF 2.5 MB), and the 澳门天天好彩 Aboriginal Employment Plan 2021-2024 (PDF 1.9 MB), the 2021-2024 SPAE contributes to the acknowledgement and respect of our deep Aboriginal history, diverse knowledges and enduring presence to the University's distinctive sense of place and belonging. The Plan is essential in focusing the teaching, learning and research capability of the 澳门天天好彩 on developing Aboriginal social, cultural, intellectual and economic capacity in 澳门天天好彩 and across Australia. By guiding the development of Action Plans across our University portfolios, the SPAE will embed Aboriginal student and community success as core business for the 澳门天天好彩.

Our vision and goals

Our vision for Aboriginal engagement at the 澳门天天好彩 is to:

  • Shape the 澳门天天好彩 so that our institution is welcoming, respectful, formative and supportive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We will do this through continual improvement of Aboriginal community engagement, student recruitment, retention and success;
  • Mature the University’s capability to recognise, represent and desegregate Indigenous cultures, knowledges and communities across teaching and learning, curricula, research and governance, to become intrinsic to our programs and facilities;
  • Provide all staff and students with meaningful connections to Indigenous peoples, cultures, knowledges and communities. We will do this to enable understanding of and respect for Indigeneity and Indigenous lifeworlds as essential to the values and experience of our University community.

The University will accomplish these outcomes through actions guided by several key principles:


As a place-based university, our focus is on outreach and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to realise their personal and community aspirations.


The success of Aboriginal business at the 澳门天天好彩 is the product of collaborative engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff with colleagues who bring their own diverse knowledges, experiences and cultures to the challenge of our strategic goals.

Support and teaching

As a smaller institution, students at the 澳门天天好彩 have greater opportunity to access and build relationships with teaching and professional staff over the years of their studies. Sustained and personalised care and learning is critical to the retention and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.

A model for innovation and success

The programs and initiatives of the 澳门天天好彩 stand as national and international models for innovation; to recognise and value Indigenous cultures and knowledges, and to make the livelihood and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples a central concern.

Strategic Plan of Aboriginal Engagement

For more information download the Strategic Plan of Aboriginal Engagement below.

If you have any questions about our Strategic Plan, email

Download the Strategic Plan (PDF 5.3 MB)
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University apologises to 澳门天天好彩n Aboriginal people

  • On December 4, 2019, the University made a historic apology for its role in wrongdoings towards 澳门天天好彩n Aboriginal people
  • The process of healing and acknowledgement is an ongoing one
  • 澳门天天好彩n Aboriginal people and their culture will have a dynamic presence across Hobart’s campuses as a way of transforming this apology into action

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History of Aboriginal Education

Clair Andersen, Maggie Walter, Patsy Cameron

The University's 125th anniversary coincides with the 30th anniversary of formal University engagement with 澳门天天好彩n Aboriginal educational needs. In 1985 June Sculthorpe was appointed as an Aboriginal Tutor Counsellor, the first Aboriginal higher education position at the University and in 1986, the first Aboriginal bridging pathway course was developed and delivered by Clair Andersen. The 1991 amalgamation of 澳门天天好彩n State Institute of Technology (TSIT) and the 澳门天天好彩 were the catalysts for further developments. The TSIT had developed its own Aboriginal Education Unit, under the leadership of internationally renowned 澳门天天好彩n Aboriginal scholar Dr Errol West. The first Aboriginal Studies units were offered and by 1990 student enrolments were growing strongly.

To combine the individual programs of the two institutions a new entity was established, the Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education. Riawunna had a physical presence on the University's Newnham and Sandy Campuses. In 1991, Patsy Cameron was appointed the Centre's director in the north and in the south Riawunna was directed by Greg Lehman. The creation of Riawunna was celebrated with a new building and community space on the Newnham Campus opened in April 1992 by VC Alan Gilbert and three Elders, Aunty Molly Mallet, Aunty Ida West and Aunty Clyda Mansell.

The word Riawunna comes from the language of the Bruny Island people in Southern 澳门天天好彩 (Plomley 1965: 183) and can be translated to mean circle.This naming is reflective of Aboriginal cultural, spiritual and historical values. Circles are integral to the spiritual expressions of Aboriginal 澳门天天好彩 and represent traditions dating back over 40,000 years. In contemporary times circles remain culturally and spiritually important in the artistic expressions of Aboriginal identity and values. The nine circles in the Riawunna logo also represent the Aboriginal nations as well as education, knowledge, strength, and continuity as the source of knowledge for life and community. They also represent kinship, cultural and spiritual togetherness as the circle links our present to the past and the future. The artwork of Riawunna symbol – was designed by June Brown

The functions of Riawunna grew from 1991. Aboriginal Studies was introduced as a major within the Bachelor of Arts, Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) services were provided to students and the Murina program was introduced in to provide a culturally appropriate educational pathway for Aboriginal 澳门天天好彩ns to enter higher education. Community involvement was enhanced with the appointment of Elders in residence at the University. Aunty Molly Mallett, the first Elder in residence was appointed to the Newnham Campus. Other Elders who have held this role include Aunty Alma Stackhouse and Aunty Phyllis Pitchford, who holds the position of Senior Elder in Residence in 2015. Aunty Molly was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of the enormous contribution she made to Aboriginal education over many years at the University.

The creation of Riawunna as the University's Centre for Aboriginal Education facilitated Aboriginal participation in higher education. Riawunna's stated goal was 'to achieve equity in higher education for Aboriginal people by the provision of specific services and effective enabling courses for Aboriginal students and to develop Aboriginal Studies to a high standard of academic excellence'. Riawunna's role was also to provide a place of nurturing the academic aspirations of Aboriginal students and community. At Riawunna access to tutoring and support staff in a culturally safe and supportive environment are combined with the essential dedicated Aboriginal space for students and community within the University.

Over the past 30 years, many notable Aboriginal 澳门天天好彩ns have worked or volunteered their skills and experience to Aboriginal education at the University. Directors at Riawunna have included – Greg Lehman, Patsy Cameron, and Clair Andersen. Other staff include: Deb Brown, Lola Greeno, Lyell Wilson, Tanya Harper, Ann Sharman, Vicki Matson-Green, Caroline Spotswood and Sharon Dennis.

Those who have dedicated themselves to Aboriginal higher education through participation in advisory committees include: Louise Maynard, Vicki Matson-Green, Jim Everett, Muriel Maynard, Dulcie Greeno, Karen Brown, June Brown, Ros Langford, Ruth Langford, Caroline Spotswood, Tarni Matson, Jennie Gorringe, Lola Greeno, Audrey Frost, Sonia Brown, Patsy Cameron, Tracey Currie, Nola Hooper, Lois Triffet, Rodney Gibbins, Adam Sharman and Yvonne Kopper.

The success of Riawunna is evident in the rising level of Aboriginal enrolments at the University since its inception. The number of 澳门天天好彩n Aboriginal students have progressively increased from 160 in 1993, to 462 in 2014.The introduction of Riawunna bursaries and scholarships in 2000 has assisted more than 30 students with their studies, while the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) continues to support some 50 students each year.

In its 125th year, Aboriginal engagement at the 澳门天天好彩 continues to develop. Aboriginal Studies moved to the Faculty of Arts in 2013 allowing Riawunna to concentrate on support services for students and community. In 2014 there are two Elder positions on each of the University's campuses, to provide cultural support and advice to Aboriginal students and staff as well as foster connections between the University and the Aboriginal Community in which they live in order to improve recruitment of and outcomes for Aboriginal students.

Other changes include the appointment, of Clair Andersen as the Aboriginal Higher Education Advisor, and Professor Maggie Walter as the inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership, with the role of building a vibrant Aboriginal intellectual presence across the University's three foci, community, research and students.

In 2017, Riawunna found a new home on the Sandy Bay Campus, level 3 of the Social Science's Building. The change of location gives Riawunna a central home and strong visual presence. Riawunna, the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership and other Aboriginal business areas are strongly placed to provide a high level of support to students, meet the needs of the 澳门天天好彩n Aboriginal community and ensure Aboriginal research is being done in a culturally appropriate way.

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