Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

USC acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and study. USC pays its respect to Elders past, present and emerging and recognises the strength, resilience and capacity of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Study pathways

We believe in the power of education to transform and empower all people to rise, and shine. There are many ways to find your way to university.

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Community engagement

USC seeks to create awareness for staff and students and strengthen the connection to local communities. We work with our partners in the community to deliver these initiatives.

Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students

USC Indigenous Services offers a suite of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and high school students. These programs provide an opportunity for students to build career aspirations while exploring their culture and building identity and self-belief.

Buranga Centre
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning spaces

USC provides social and study spaces at its campuses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Professor Helen Bartlett
Commitment and policy

USC's values of scholarship, discovery, social justice, engagement, sustainability and integrity underpin all we do. Support for Indigenous outcomes is founded in policy and supported at the highest level at USC.

Our Indigenous stories
Tracy's story

Tracy’s passion for improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through nutrition earned her USC’s highest honour for a graduating student—a USC Chancellor's Medal. Tracy graduated from USC’s Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours, and in the lead up to graduation she spoke to USC about her study journey and her excitement about finishing her degree.

Yarning circle
The Yarning Circle of Life

The Buranga Centre garden at USC Sunshine Coast was developed around the framework of the Yarning Circle of Life (Nga Tana Lui Dhar)

Dhu Mur'ang
Dhu Mur’ang

For many Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners this site here, near the Mooloolah River, being a habitat remnant for our native trees and animals (hence the name Dhu Mur’ang)

Aunty Olga Miller garden

This garden is a dedication to Auntie Olga Miller, Butchulla Elder and traditional “Caboonya” or Keeper of the Records.

Rainmaker Weeyal (black cockatoo)

Mr Lyndon Davis is from the Moolooah River and Sunshine Coast Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country and a Senior Fellow of the University. Mr Davis also shares his knowledge through his paintings and artworks which are present in many of the public areas of the USC Sunshine Coast campus. The story of Weeyal is one of those narratives, which Mr Davis has powerfully represented and shared through this painting specifically commissioned for the Reconciliation Action Plan.

Indigenous news

USC Newsroom
Exhibition highlights significance of ‘country’
19 May

A stunning exhibition of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from many Indigenous nations celebrating the concept of ‘country’ is now on show at the USC Art Gallery.