(Awabakal word meaning Elder, Wise Person, Cultural Mentor)
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.
Our Nguraki play a pivotal role in the governance structures and leadership within Wollotuka and the broader Indigenous community with the University as our primary advisors in maintaining the fabrics of our 'ways of doing'.
Our Nguraki are our knowledge holders of certain aspects of our culture, it was and still is a responsibility of the Nguraki to share this knowledge with our students, staff and broader community.
Cultural safety will be ensured by providing guidance around discussion relating to Cultural matters and business for our people.
The importance and value of our Nguraki council is at the heart of the University and their representation is crucial to all aspects of the University, ensuring that all events, activities and programs are delivered within our cultural standards.
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.