Indigenous strategy and education at La Trobe

Teaching, learning and research

La Trobe University has a long standing commitment to teaching, learning and research within the area of Indigenous Australian studies. The area is multi-disciplinary and incorporates activities across all faculties. The Indigenous Strategy and Education Group acts as a focus for teaching and research activities and brings academics, researchers, students and Indigenous communities together with the primary goal of increasing interest and scholarly exploration of the historical and contemporary cultures, issues and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The University's annual ISSP Performance Reports and Financial Acquittals:


La Trobe University has campuses and undertakes teaching, learning and research activities in the traditional lands of the following people:

  • Wurundjeri
  • Boonerwrung
  • Jaara Jaara
  • Latji Latji
  • Barkindji
  • Muthi Muthi
  • Wiradjuri
  • Dhudhuroa
  • WayWurru
  • Yorta Yorta
  • Bangerang
  • Taunerong

The University acknowledges Aboriginal people's ongoing connection to the land upon which its campuses are located and values the contributions Indigenous Australians make to its activities.

Office of Indigenous Strategy and Education

The Office of Indigenous Strategy and Education, provides direction for action and aims to overcome challenges involved with access, participation, retention and success in the context of tertiary education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at La Trobe.

The strategy is underpinned by both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Western, cultural and organisational philosophies and ways of being.  These include; Dreaming, Cultural Integrity, Indigenous Knowledge, Flexibility, Sustainability and Survival, Determination and Empowerment, Achievable Goals with Measurable outcomes, Sharing, Collegiality, Evidence based practice and Growth.

La Trobe University is committed to developing and growing educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This commitment is evident in statements made in the University's strategic plan.

See the University's Gamagoen Yarrbat Indigenous Education Strategy 2015-2017 [PDF 1.99MB].

All current plans are to be extended until December 2019 following the appointment of the Inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous.  This will enable the development of the new strategies under the leadership of the new PVC who commenced at La Trobe University in February 2019.

Indigenous Strategy and Education Group

The Indigenous Strategy and Education group incorporates:

  • Indigenous Student Services
  • Indigenous Australian Teaching and Research
  • Indigenous Employment

The group has members at all campuses and includes both academic and general staff.  The group is led by the PVC Indigenous, reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Statement of Purpose

The goal of the Indigenous Strategy and Education group is to exemplify and promote best practice in relation to Indigenous Australian Student Services, Indigenous Australian Studies Teaching and Research and Indigenous Australian Employment in the tertiary education sector.