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


  • 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. See the Indigenous Australian Governance Policy [.pdf 195KB]
  • Indigenous Australian employment – Find out about our efforts to increase the level of employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.