Dr Julie

Dr Julie Andrews

Lecturer/Researcher/Consultant, Convenor of Aboriginal Studies

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Social Inquiry

SS 422, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities


BA (La Trobe University Victoria); BA (Hons) - La Trobe University; Victoria, PhD (La Trobe University, Victoria; Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research Training and Practices (Melbourne University); Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership (Melbourne University),



Area of study

Aboriginal Studies

Brief profile

Julie Andrews is descended from the Wurundjeri people of Melbourne and the Yorta Yorta tribe near the borders of Victorian and New South Wales along the Murray River. She is a member of the Dhulanyagan family clan of the Ulupna people.  Julie has been teaching Aboriginal Studies for approximately 10 years and has extensive experience in policy and Indigenous higher education. She teaches the first year subject Discovery subject HUS1ABS: Introduction to Aboriginal Australia. This subject is taught across all of La Trobe University campuses. It is a blended subject of online lectures and face to face workshops. The subject is basically a very broad introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. It is useful for those wanting to know more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or building upon what they may already know. It gives the student an opportunity to explore the many topics that are associated with Aboriginal Australia. Julie also teaches an On Country subject titled Encountering Aboriginal Victoria: Parallel Systems of Knowledge. This subject is taught at La Trobe University's Shepparton campus and focuses on the history and contemporary Aboriginal community of the township of Shepparton and the Barmah region.

Research interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History

- Aboriginal Australia

Social and Cultural Anthropology

- Childhood

Teaching units

  • ABS1IAA - Introduction to Aboriginal Australia. (1st Semester)
  • ANT2ABA - Anthropology of Aboriginal Australia (2nd Semester)
  • ABS3EAV - Encountering Aboriginal Victoria – Parallel Systems of Knowledge. (Summer1 subject)


I regularly consult on Aboriginal community development, cultural awareness within the private and government sector.

Recent publications

Andrews, J (in press 2018) 'Blaks and Stats in Aboriginal Victoria: Census resistance and participation'    

Andrews, J 2018  ‘Reflections on my great grandmother Theresa Clements’ in Conflict, adaptation, transformation: Richard Broome and the practice of Aboriginal history, Silverstein, B (ed.) 2018 Aboriginal Studies Press, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ACT, Ch. 6, pp. 96 – 121. 


Andrews, J 2008, 'Bringing Up Our Yorta Yorta Children', in Gary Robinson, Ute Eickelkamp, Jacqueline Goodnow & Ilan Katz (eds), Contexts of Child Development Culture, Policy and Intervention, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, pp 23-35.


Andrews, J 2006, Film Documentary - Women of the Sun - 25 Years Later, Co-producer and Researcher.


Andrews J 2000, ‘Bringing Up Our Children - Aboriginal Families in Victoria’, Australian Institute Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Research projects

2016 - 'Our Stories Our Lives - Aboriginal women speak from Shepparton'.

2016 - 'Where's all the community? Kinship, Mobility and Identity Revisited in Aboriginal Melbourne (PhD Thesis) 

2008 ‘Bringing Up Our Children’ – Aboriginal socialisation of Yorta Yorta children in Shepparton.