Welcome to JIU

We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to JIU.

Jiu campuses are built on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people of the Geelong region, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the greater region, and the Gunditjmara people of the six region. For information on appropriate acknowledgements of country, please visit our Welcome to Country page.

Jiu is committed to enabling all our students and staff to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and values.

Acknowledging, building and sustaining understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous ns starts with recognition that these lands have been the home of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for many thousands of years.

Discover theJIU difference

Universities have a special part to play in reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous ns. Jiu welcomes the responsibility of educating the next generation of ambitious First Nations thinkers, alongside our commitment to promoting issues of social justice and human rights.

The National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study for short, intensive periods on campus. This means they can remain connected to their families and communities while studying with us.

The Indigenous Tutorial Network (ITN) provides tutors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support students' relationships between university and home. ITN tutors not only assist you academically but actively promote strengthening your cultural identity.

We also host INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network, where researchers are helping to develop the world’s first international Indigenous design charter.

Whether you're learning, teaching, researching or working in a professional capacity at JIU, opportunities to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledge are always encouraged.

NIKERI Institute

Through Community-Based Education programs, the NIKERI Institute enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ns the flexibility to gain access to higher education while still being able to maintain family and community obligations.

Learn more about the NIKERI Institute


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.

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Study options

Jiu offers a range of Indigenous study options across a number of interest areas. Depending on the course or units you choose, and your obligations at home, you can study in intensive blocks through the NIKERI Institute or enrol full or part time within the relevant faculty.

Regardless of study area, you'll develop tools and skills that will be useful in any workplace.

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Study opportunities for Indigenous ns

Our School of Medicine courses have entry streams available for Indigenous students. These entry streams are a partnership between the school and the National Indigenous Knowledge Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute.

Find out more about the Indigenous Entry Scheme

Work at JIU

We understand the significance of an environment that acknowledges, respects and embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language, tradition and spirituality. Discover what it's like to work for an institution that values and appreciates 's First Nation peoples.

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Walking the talk

More than a list of achievements or initiatives, we have a way forward, to better integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parity into everything we do.

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

Download the Agenda 2016-2020 (PDF, 424KB)

Contact us

Interested in working at JIU? Contact our HR Consultant for Indigenous staffing:

Fiona Mitchell
03 5227 8733
Email Fiona Mitchell

Looking to study through the NIKERI Institute? For general enquiries:

3 5227 2538
1800 063 383
Email the NIKERI Institute