A leader in Indigenous education
In the language of the Awabakal people "Wollotuka" means "eating and meeting place".
The Wollotuka Institute is committed to the advancement and leadership of Indigenous education at a local, national and global level. It also continues to draw strength from culture, communities and past journeys.
When you come to the Wollotuka Institute, you will be supported by experienced staff, Elders, cultural leaders and fellow students who will help ensure your success during your time at the University of Newcastle.
From the enabling pathway program – Yapug – to providing services and assistance during your undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, the Wollotuka Institute will encourage and help guide you throughout your studies.
Above all, we provide an inclusive, culturally safe environment where you can come for support, advice, collaboration and knowledge-sharing. The space is one where you can connect with other students and community – a home away from home while studying at the University of Newcastle.
Welcome to the Wollotuka Institute
Our standards and accreditation
The Wollotuka Institute is guided by the teachings of our Nguraki (Elders/cultural mentors) whose widoms are respected and honoured. Our Nguraki and Community played a pivotal role in shaping and developing a locally defined set of Cultural Standards which reflect and embrace the cultural essence t
The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) was established in August 2002 at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Alberta, Canada. WINHEC’s aim is to bring professionals together to achieve common goals through higher education.
The functions of the Wollotuka Institute incorporate
Study and academia
Our experienced staff, Elders and cultural leaders are here to guide you on scholarships, tutorial assistance, employment opportunities and support during your student journey.
Research and innovation
Indigenous employment and development
The Wollotuka Institute acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.