Engagement and Education

Acknowledgement of Country

With respect for Aboriginal cultural protocol and out of recognition that its campuses occupy their traditional lands, Western Sydney University acknowledges the Darug, Eora, Dharawal (also referred to as Tharawal) and Wiradjuri peoples and thanks them for their support of its work in their lands (Greater Western Sydney and beyond).

At Western Sydney University the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership is led by Professor Michelle Trudgett in her role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership.

Professor Trudgett has the overarching governance responsibility of all things Indigenous at Western Sydney University.

2020-2025 Indigenous Strategy

The strategy document currently outlines seven key objectives:

Position WSU as a place of choice for Indigenous Australians to work in an environment that supports and nurtures their careers.

Provide opportunities for Indigenous Students to learn and succeed in an environment that promotes Indigenous excellence.

Develop the breadth and depth of Indigenous Research with a vision to promote research that empowers Indigenous Australians.

Ensure all students develop understanding and knowledge about Indigenous Australians through the Graduate Attribute.

Promote WSU as a place that works with and for the Indigenous Australian community.

Promote leadership opportunities for Indigenous Australians throughout the University.

Build Indigenous Cultural Viability and Knowledge across the University.

Download the School and Institute Indigenous Strategies

Ignite Indigenous Traineeship Program 2022

Western Sydney University is proud to introduce the Ignite Indigenous Traineeship Program. This program is delivered by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership (ODVCIL) and provides a vocational pathway for Indigenous participants to gain paid experience in university operations as business administration trainees. 

Participants are employed as professional staff members and will acquire a unique business skillset from a host School, Division or Institute within the university. The program offers a one-year fixed term of employment in combination with enrolment into a Certificate III in Business (Administration) traineeship. 

While employment following the traineeship is not guaranteed, prior to successful completion of the program, trainees will be provided with options to transition into ongoing employment and/or further study.

The Ignite Indigenous Traineeship Program is set to launch in early 2022 and more information on this program is soon to be released. We welcome all interested Indigenous people to apply for this valuable employment opportunity once released.

To register your interest, please click on the FIND OUT MORE button below to provide your name, contact details and any further enquiries to the Indigenous Employment Coordinator via email.

Let Western show you why we are the university that cares more because together we are unlimited.  

Indigenous Students

Western Sydney University values academic excellence, integrity and the pursuit of knowledge. Ranked in the top two per cent of universities around the world, we are globally focused, research-led and committed to making a positive impact on the communities we engage with. 

As we build towards increasing our Indigenous students and staff to fulfil the WSU Indigenous Strategy 2020-2025, Western continues to provide opportunities for students to learn and succeed in an environment that promotes Indigenous excellence. 

The Yarning Circle

Western Sydney University newsletter celebrating Indigenous excellence. 


Thursday, 9 December 2021
6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Virtual Event

The Yarramundi Lecture provides a forum for the discussion of issues of local and national importance. It was established out of respect and recognition of First Nations People and has become central to the University's longstanding commitment to its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Guest Speakers

  • Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, Chair of Indigenous Research. Director Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney.
  • Uncle Harry Allie, Elder and Member of Western Sydney University Indigenous Elder Advisory Committee.
  • Dr Paul Saunders, PhD Student, Research Fellow at Western Sydney University.
  • Leanne Markovic, Student and Casual PASS online facilitator at Western Sydney University.

Indigenous Staff

Here at Western Sydney University we are committed to a population parity of 3% by 2025 with up to 20 new positions created across Western for Indigenous academics and at least 5 new traineeships for professional staff. 

We are positioning Western as a place of choice for Indigenous Australians to work in an environment that supports and nurtures their careers. In return Indigenous staff members bring community connections and cultural insights that expand the mission of Western and help it better reflect its community.

Indigenous Student Success Program

Indigenous Staff and Students Spotify Playlist

Events and activities at Western are as diverse as the people.

For 2021, we have a Spotify list prepared by our Indigenous Staff and Students for your enjoyment. Podcasts from Indigenous Academics and students can also be found here.