We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we gather on. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to country and we respect and value their past, present and ongoing connection to the land and cultural beliefs.

Advancing a prosperous future for Indigenous Australians.

We at the University of Adelaide see our role as an enabler for all Indigenous Australians to access and participate in tertiary education. We work together to prioritise partnerships that increase ways of building best practice and provide a culturally proud environment to thrive. The University continues to develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with all Indigenous people in Australia, and with other Indigenous people throughout the world.Professor Shane Hearn - Dean, Indigenous Research & Education Strategy:


Community outreach / engagement

Ways we engage with local community.


Karnkanthi is our pathway, education and development program for high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 11, 12, and 13.

Marni Wingku

A free program for Aboriginal high school students in years 8 to 12, filled with interactive and engaging activities.

School information

Wirltu Yarlu offers 'on campus visits and tours' and staff also regularly visit schools in the metro and regional/rural areas of South Australia.

Community events

Wirltu Yarlu participate in a number of community events and activities.

University Indigenous group

Ways we work inside the University.

ATSI employment strategy

The strategy aims to increase the participation of ATSI peoples at the University through offering employment opportunities and cadetships.

Yaitya Purruna

Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences and supports ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) students in the faculty.

Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM)

A specialist Australian Indigenous music centre located within the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Mobile Language Team

The Mobile Language Team website was established to provide online resources and news for indigenous languages in and around the South Australian region.

Student engagement

Ways we support our students.

Aboriginal access pathway

This initiative of Federal Government policy is designed to provide access to higher education for ATSI people if they do not otherwise qualify for entry.

Student support

Wirltu Yarlu Student Services Officers are there to ensure student support is available throughout the students time at University.

Wirltu Yarlu Academic Mentoring Program

WYAMP is a tailored tutorial program that provides culturally appropriate and course specific mentoring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait students enrolled at the University of Adelaide at no cost.

ATSI student guide

This guide provides practical information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons on how to gain entry to the University of Adelaide and the support services available to help students make an easy transition to university study.