Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Curtin supports Reconciliation, delivers educational opportunities and creates an environment which values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples knowledge, culture and heritage.


  • Reconciliation action plan (RAP) – Reconciliation Australia’s formal endorsement of Curtin’s third RAP as an Elevate RAP supports our ambition to continue to lead national Reconciliation action in the education sector.
  • Elder-in-Residence – Our Elder in Residence, Nyungar elder Professor Simon Forrest, leads our commitment to Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through professional development, training, initiatives and curriculum for staff and students.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support – Access culturally-appropriate support services and facilities.


Inside of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Our Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) is a hub for Aboriginal-focused research and education, and provides a place on campus where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can feel connected.


  • Indigenous Australian Cultural Capability Framework – The Indigenous Australian Cultural Capability Framework for staff offers a staged approach to promoting an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, knowledge and history.
  • Indigenous Australian governance – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics, senior staff and leaders across Curtin work with community members within our Indigenous Australian governance structure to shape our strategic direction, policy and curriculum.
  • Indigenous Australian employment – Find out about our efforts to increase the level of employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.