OATSIEE partnerships

External partners

Western Sydney University partners with many government, industry and community organisations to provide ever increasing opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians across the University and beyond. 

Jarred Mach, UWS Cadet, with John Macleay, Deputy Director Applications, Information Services Division, NSW Office of State Revenue

Our external partners include:

  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - DEEWR aims to maximise the ability of unemployed Australians to find work, and to support strong employment growth and improved productive performance of enterprises in Australia. 
  • WSROC - WSROC's mission is: to secure - through research, lobbying and the fostering of cooperation between councils - a sustainable lifestyle for the people of Western Sydney and the provision of infrastructure such that no one should have to leave the region to have access to the sorts of amenities, services and opportunities others in urban Australia take for granted.
  • TAFE NSW -Western Sydney Institute - TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute provides access to vocational, education and training including pathways to university for people who live in Western Sydney.
  • TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute - TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute provides access to vocational, education and training including pathways to university for people who live in Western Sydney.
  • NSW Office of State Revenue
  • Landcom - is a master planner of living communities and has developed residential, commercial and industrial properties for close to 30 years in New South Wales.
  • NSW Aboriginal Land Council - As the State's peak representative body in Aboriginal affairs, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community.

Internal partners

Jamie Lee Walker, UWS Cadet, with Clare McHugh, NSW Aboriginal Land CouncilWithin the University, OATSIEE works closely with:

  • Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education - The purpose of the Badanami Centre is to provide support and encouragement for every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student enrolled at the University. The Centre offers student spaces and support services on each campus and offers a range of services and support to guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through their study and to help make their time at University enjoyable and enriching.
  • Indigenous Schools Engagement Unit - The Indigenous Schools Engagement program (PDF, 451.95 KB) (opens in a new window) aims to build the educational aspirations, skills and confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Year 10-12 students are matched with University students trained as mentors. The school students also participate in academic and cultural enrichment workshops on campus. Helped by their mentors, the cohort at each school devises and implements a group project to benefit their school or community.
  • School of Medicine - In recognition of the large Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Greater Western Sydney and the need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors the School of Medicine endeavours to enrol an extra eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students each year. The most important criterion for admission is assessment of the applicant's desire to study medicine and their likelihood of succeeding in the course.
  • Men's Health Information and Resource Centre - Exploring factors in society and life that build or undermine health, the Men's Health Information and Resource Centre focuses on the health status of marginalised or disadvantaged males, which includes some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, who may find themselves at risk of increased stress and, therefore, poorer health outcomes.
  • Centre for Educational Research - Located in the School of Education, the Centre for Positive Psychology and Education focuses on diverse educational, business and social settings from pre-school to retirement and family and community life. This research is underpinned by, and synergised in, genuine partnerships with families, communities, business, education stakeholders and community organisations to address critical issues including those relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The College - Utilising the Academic Pathway Program, The College is a vehicle for students to progress to university. The College is dedicated to changing people's lives through education and is committed to providing greater equity in access to tertiary education. After graduating from one of the five specialist University Foundation Studies of The College and meeting the entry requirements, students are guaranteed admission into the first year of a Western Sydney University undergraduate degree.