Indigenous Events

The University hosts many events throughout the year and can be found at Future Students - Events.

This page is dedicated to Indigenous events.



To learn more, come to one of the many campus events listed below. You can also learn about Reconciliation from Home - Reconciliation Australia


12.00 pm - 1.00 pm 
Nirimba Campus, The College
Welcome to Country (Uncle Greg) Keynote Address and Light Lunch. RSVP here.

TUESDAY, 31 MAY 2022

10.00 am - 11.00 am
Level 1, Parramatta City Campus
Join us to make a Sea of Hands while enjoining Morning Tea. The Sea of Hands is a prominent Australian symbol used to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights, justice and reconciliation. Each hand is created to show support for First Peoples. RSVP here.


10.00 am 
The Old Swamp Bar NG14, Penrith Campus
Penrith Provost Committee will be holding a Morning Tea, please click here to register.

5.30 pm - 8.30 pm 
Lithgow Campus

Free film screening and Q&A ‘Smoke Between Trees’ in partnership with Lithgow City Council. The film maker and two actors from the film will be there for the Q&A session. Click here for the event. 


10.30 am - 11.30 am 
Level 1, Liverpool Campus
You are invited to the Reconciliation Day Morning Tea, hosted by Liverpool Campus Provost. Please join us as we mark this special event with student and staff presentations, followed by light refreshments. RSVP here


3 - 10 July

Western Sydney University and The Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership welcome you to join us for NAIDOC 2022. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

NAIDOC | National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It provides an opportunity for people to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history.

You can support your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country. 


Tuesday 20 September 2022 | 6.00pm - 7.30pm | Parramatta South Campus

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evenings at Western Sydney University are an opportunity to hear about what courses are on offer and how Western can help you during your studies. Learn about the different pathways to study, the support services available, scholarships on offer and life on campus. 


Indigenous Nationals hosted by unisport is an annual event that aims to bring together Indigenous students from universities across Australia to compete in a variety of sports, network and create new friendships. Indigenous Nationals is an amazing environment to celebrate the rich sporting culture of Indigenous Australia and acknowledge the heritage and history of the participating student-athletes. Students will compete in the following four sports across the week-long event including, Touch Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Netball Indigenous Nationals | UniSport Australia.

Western Sydney University has participated in these games for multiple years giving our students and staff opportunity to compete and network with Universities from all over the country.

For more information on this year's Indigenous Nationals click here



School of Social Sciences Indigenous Learning and Teaching Showcase 2022

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

'Breaking the Making of Colonial Power' presented by Robyn Newitt (Lecturer in Criminology and Policing).

'Avoiding Damage-Centred and Othering Pedagogy' presented by Associate Professor Lucy Nicholas (Director Sexualities and Genders Research).

'The Ethics (And Dangers) of Teaching Indigenous Stories' presented by Gawain Bodkin-Andrews (Director Indigenous Research).


Friday, 18 March 2022
11.00 am
Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre

Register your interest to play or to attend by clicking on the Register Now button below.


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.


25 – 29 October 2021

Bold Indigenous Futures

Western is proud to host keynote speaker Professor Bronwyn Carlson who holds the position Head of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Western's Director of Indigenous Research, Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews will introduce a number of Western's Higher Degree Research students and academic staff who will deliver 5-minute presentations on their research projects - all of which are Indigenous focused.

After each presentation there will be a brief Q&A with the Research Leads.



4 - 11 July 2021

Heal Country, Heal Our Nation.

As reflected on the NAIDOC organising committee website, NAIDOC Week acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. The very first footprints were those belonging to First Nations Peoples. For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time.

See what Western Sydney University did this NAIDOC Week and the winners of our competitions.



The Yarramundi Lecture provided 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.