About us

The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre seeks a deeper level of framework, in which the past, present and future are combined to form a holistic Indigenous understanding.

In the language of the Awabakal people, Umulliko means 'to create, to make, to do'.

Umulliko is the primary focus of research and research training for The Wollotuka Institute. The ideals of Umulliko are grounded in what we refer to as 'an Indigenous framework of being'. By this we mean that, as Indigenous people, we take more than just a linear view of the history of Umulliko to this point in time.

In 1996 the University bid for special Commonwealth funding to establish an Indigenous Higher Education Research Centre. It had the strong support of the Indigenous Community. The bid was successful, Umulliko was created and at the time, it was the only Indigenous Higher Education Research Centre on the east coast of Australia. Since its inception, Umulliko has been well supported by the University and its story has been one of effort and achievement. Its researchers have had notable success in gaining Australian Research Council Indigenous Researcher Grants. A lot of effort has been put in to supervising research students and this has brought excellent results to date.

From the beginning Umulliko has been vibrant and innovative in its directions. It has a strong commitment to local Communities and national Indigenous issues. It is engaged with Indigenous researchers across Australia and in other countries including New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, the US and Finland.

Umulliko is endeavouring to invigorate a new pathway of research and researching training that is nationally relevant and of significant importance to our people. Our culturally rich and successful past becomes the foundation for our vision for the future, which is full of incredible possibilities.

This is an exciting time to be joining Umulliko and we look forward to seeing you.