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.

We are at the cutting edge of Indigenous education, student recruitment, student support and offer an academic program to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. We continue to draw strength from culture, communities and past journeys.

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.


We are a University of excellence for Indigenous employment, education and research.


The Wollotuka Institute operates across all University of Newcastle campuses located on different Aboriginal countries on the east coast of Australia.

Elders in Residence

Our Elders in Residence and Cultural Mentors continually reinforce the significance and teachings of our cultures in order to celebrate within the context of the working environment.


The Wollotuka Institute’s Nguraki council provides guidance and advice on cultural standards and programs to ensure they are inclusive and are within cultural protocols.


Wollotuka began in 1983 as a support program for Indigenous Australian students on what was then the campus of Newcastle College of Advanced Education.

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.