Making Connections

Meeting amazing, interesting and creative people that you can learn from really makes your university life. I've made friends I believe I will be mates with for the rest of my life – and university isn't even over yet! Get out there, get yourself known and enjoy the experience!

- Blake Tatafu studying the Bachelor of Community and Social Development

The Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education provides a place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to get support and find staff who will share their knowledge and experience. There is a centre located on each campus, so you will find a friendly and professional place, with staff members, tutors and current students ready to support you in all areas during your time at university. 

We know that studying can sometimes be a daunting and overwhelming experience, so in each centre, there is a culturally safe environment where you can mingle, make friends, get help from tutors for assignments, and study with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people like yourself. 

Badanami can also put you in touch with a range of services available on campus, from study skills courses, careers advice, counselling and medical assistance all the way through to opportunities to study abroad. And if you are interested in choosing the University as a place to work, stay and further your career, visit the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement (OATSIEE), to find out  about the employment and engagement strategies and initiatives championed by the Office.

So if you're on campus, please stop by and say hello to our friendly staff and students at the Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education!

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

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

Definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

An Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is one who:

  • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • is accepted as such by the community in which s/he lives or has lived.