Key initiatives

Meaningful engagement in our regions

We seek to co-develop initiatives to grow the economic potential of our regions. Drawing from the wisdom of knowledge traditions will give us the best chance to achieve the best results for everyone in our communities. Through the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge, we will champion multidisciplinary research and collaboration to find solutions that benefit our community.


The 60,000 years of Australia’s First Peoples cultures are the foundation to our identity as an Australian university. Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is everyone’s responsibility and benefits all. We will provide an environment that is free from racism and discrimination, and embrace a united approach to equality and inclusiveness.

Our practices will be consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the State of Reconciliation in Australia Report. We are especially mindful of the impact we can have in terms of institutional integrity as a leading voice for reconciliation in our regions.

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.