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Welcome to Country

Curtin University acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which the Perth Campus is located, the Wadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation; and on our Kalgoorlie Campus, the Wongutha people of the North-Eastern Goldfields.

Leading diversity and inclusion

Curtin University continues to lead national reconciliation in the education sector with its Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018-2020.

An Elevate RAP – the highest level within Reconciliation Australia’s Workplace RAP Framework – is for organisations that have a proven track record of embedding effective RAP initiatives in their workplace.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said Curtin’s RAP journey had helped the University think more strategically about how the entire Curtin community – not just particular groups or areas ­– could advance reconciliation.

“We are very proud of the contribution we have made to building a culture that values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and heritage both within the University and beyond.

“The University’s Elevate RAP enables us to serve as a role model for other organisations starting out on their own reconciliation journey and will help guide us in leading the way to advance reconciliation locally, nationally and internationally.

“This is critical because the spirit of reconciliation needs to live in the very fabric of our organisation, owned and championed by us all,” Professor Terry said.

Since the launch of the Elevate RAP in November 2018, Curtin has made significant steps in achieving its cultural and leadership cornerstones. These include uniting with organisations to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and progressing the innovative bush learning space at Nowanup.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine commended Curtin as a dedicated supporter of reconciliation for many years, after joining the program in 2008 as the first Australian teaching and research institution to develop and implement its own RAP.

“By raising the bar of its RAP ambitions, Curtin continues to lead national reconciliation action in the education sector. On behalf of Reconciliation Australia, I congratulate Curtin on adopting its Elevate RAP, and look forward to following the University’s future achievements.”

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Pursue your dream of going to university

Going to university has never been more inclusive, with Curtin providing a number of pathways to study even if you haven’t met the requirements for a degree level course. Through Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS), you can access a range of short courses tailored for students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and study in a culturally appropriate environment that will help you pursue your chosen career.

Depending on your academic level and the career you are aiming for, you may enrol in the Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course – a general six-month program that leads to a range of Curtin’s degree and associate degree programs. Or, you may suit a one-year course that specifically relates to your chosen area – such as health, medicine, science, engineering or business.

Throughout your study you will receive continual support and guidance from CAS staff and have access to the CAS building, which provides a familial sense of place and a unique communal area where you can socialise with other students.

You will also benefit from career development opportunities, including mentoring and support in finding student work placements. A number of scholarships are also available to assist you with your studies, or to help you relocate from a regional area to the Perth Campus.

Read more about our enabling courses.

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Bush university to deliver transformative learning

Curtin has established a strong partnership with the Nowanup community in the south-west of Western Australia, to progress the Nowanup Bush Campus.

The campus will offer transformative learning experiences that recognise the wisdom of Noongar learning and teaching methods, delivered in a bush setting. It will also ensure Noongar culture and history continues to be taught for generations to come.

The initiative embraces the idea of listening to the land by providing an immersive experience of on-country activity. It also seeks to connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to the importance of place-making, environmental healing and community resilience.

The Nowanup Bush Campus provides a unique opportunity for Curtin students, staff and the broader community to support Australia’s reconciliation movement, and is a working model for future partnerships in different locations.