The Wollotuka Institute
In the language of the Awabakal people "Wollotuka" means "eating and meeting place".
A leader in Indigenous education
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.
Since 1983, the Wollotuka Institute has operated as a support centre for Indigenous students studying at the University of Newcastle with unparalleled leadership who champion an academically enriching and culturally affirming education.
Our work has seen us forge a reputation as a leader in Indigenous education in Australia and we continue to play a pivotal role in leading self-determination and social justice.
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.
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 to which our goals are directed and to guide how we operate.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands on which our offices are located, as well as other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our students, staff and community are drawn.
- The Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal Nation - Newcastle (Callaghan Campus)
- The Awabakal and Worimi Nations - Newcastle (City Campus)
- The Darkinung People - Central Coast (Ourimbah Campus)
- The Biripai People - Port Macquarie Campus
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. Members come from many different countries and a variety of diverse areas such as university departments, research organizations and government agencies.
In 2015, Wollotuka received Australia's first World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium Accreditation, recognising its strong outcomes within Australian Indigenous Higher Education.
The functions of the Wollotuka Institute incorporate:
- Study and academia
- Research and innovation
- Indigenous student advancement
- Community engagement
- Indigenous staff employment and development