Our Purpose and Vision



Our purpose is to ensure that First Nations voices and aspirations are valued, and that Indigenous knowledges, cultures, research and achievements are celebrated - contributing to transformative change in the institution and the broader community.



Our vision is to deliver meaningful and enriched First Nations access, participation and success as a university-wide responsibility and priority.

Aboriginal artwork "Journey" by Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, and Wirangu artist Gabriel Stengle

Artwork by Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Wirangu artist Gabriel Stengle

Close your eyes and let me take you on a journey that will inspire your soul.

Picture yourself on Kaurna land, where Wirltu Yarlu’s totem of the Sea Eagle stands tall, representing excellence through Aboriginal education. The pink waterholes, showcasing the eagle claw, are joined with journey lines that represent the path that students take from high school to university and eventually into employment.

The journey begins at the corner River, representing the Karrawirra Pari (River Torrens), which connects Wirltu Yarlu to the Kaurna land and its people. The bright waterholes throughout the journey represent the diverse meeting places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who come to study at The University of Adelaide. The connected journey lines signify Wirltu Yarlu's acknowledgment and recognition that Indigenous students come from various walks of life.

Wirltu Yarlu's support is evident throughout the journey, and it comes full circle as students achieve success. The bright colours used throughout the journey represent the light of every individual and bring awareness to the journey while building a connection with the broader community.

Finally, the Kangaroo tracks represent Wirltu Yarlu's vision and its journey to always strive for excellence in Aboriginal education by moving forward and never looking back.

This story is a testament to the power of education and the resilience of Indigenous students. It inspires us to embrace our uniqueness, pursue our dreams relentlessly, and never lose sight of our culture and goals. May this story ignite the fire within you and propel you towards a brighter future filled with endless possibilities.