Welcome to Deakin

Learning together, growing together

We are dedicated to the advancement of Indigenous Peoples in our community and enabling all our students and staff to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and values.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the unceded lands and waterways on which Deakin University does business. We pay our deep respect to the Ancestors and Elders of Wadawurrung Country, Eastern Maar Country and Wurundjeri Country, where our physical campuses are located. We also acknowledge all First Nations Peoples that make contributions to our learning.

Learn more about acknowledgements of country

Our commitment

Deakin’s vision for reconciliation builds on a long and successful history of initiatives, education, research and partnerships with and for Indigenous Australians. The agenda has been developed in close consultation with the director and senior colleagues from the Institute of Koorie Education, together with senior leaders from all areas of the University.

Our Agenda 2016–2020 sets out a roadmap for change with specific targets, opportunities and strategies to get us there.

Our commitments include:

  • recognition and reconciliation for the advancement of all members of Deakin’s communities, including staff and students
  • engagement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that Deakin serves
  • educational achievement research which informs and is informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and cultures.

Download Deakin’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Agenda 2016—2020

NIKERI Institute

NIKERI Institute

The National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute has a proud 30-year history of supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through community-based education programs.



Education is a key factor in improving economic and social wellbeing. Our range of scholarships for Indigenous students provide financial support and help you to focus on achieving success in your studies.

Discover the possibilities ahead

Deakin offers a range of flexible study options across interest areas that support you on your university journey. You can study in intensive blocks through the NIKERI Institute or enrol full or part-time in the relevant faculty.

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Pathway to your dream career

Indigenous Access Scheme

The Indigenous Access Scheme recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and considers the skills, experience and community work that prepares you for university.

Indigenous Entry Stream

The Indigenous Entry Stream is a partnership between the School of Medicine and the NIKERI Institute, created exclusively to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to become healthcare practitioners.

Working at Deakin

We are focused on providing fulfilling and rewarding careers for Indigenous staff in a supportive, understanding and respectful environment. Your next job is calling with a range of academic and non-academic opportunities available across all aspects of our operations.

Learn more about working at Deakin

Contact us

Looking to study through the NIKERI Institute? Contact the institute to find out more.

+61 3 5227 2538
1800 063 383

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