USC acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and study. USC pays its respect to Elders past, present and emerging and recognises the strength, resilience and capacity of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We believe in the power of education to transform and empower all people to rise, and shine. There are many ways to find your way to university.
Mentoring and support
At USC you'll find opportunities to connect and find the support you need to succeed.
Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students
USC Indigenous Services offers a suite of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and high school students. These programs provide an opportunity for students to build career aspirations while exploring their culture and building identity and self-belief.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning spaces
USC provides social and study spaces at its campuses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Commitment and policy
USC's values of scholarship, discovery, social justice, engagement, sustainability and integrity underpin all we do. Support for Indigenous outcomes is founded in policy and supported at the highest level at USC.
- Vice-Chancellor and President's Indigenous Advisory Committee
- Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019
- Cultural learning opportunities are available on the staff Learning and Development calendar (staff login required)
Our Indigenous stories
Tracy’s passion for improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through nutrition earned her USC’s highest honour for a graduating student—a USC Chancellor's Medal. Tracy graduated from USC’s Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours, and in the lead up to graduation she spoke to USC about her study journey and her excitement about finishing her degree.
The Yarning Circle of Life
The Buranga Centre garden at USC Sunshine Coast was developed around the framework of the Yarning Circle of Life (Nga Tana Lui Dhar)Learn more
For many Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners this site here, near the Mooloolah River, being a habitat remnant for our native trees and animals (hence the name Dhu Mur’ang)Learn more
Aunty Olga Miller garden
This garden is a dedication to Auntie Olga Miller, Butchulla Elder and traditional “Caboonya” or Keeper of the Records.Learn more
Mr Lyndon Davis is from the Moolooah River and Sunshine Coast Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country and a Senior Fellow of the University. Mr Davis also shares his knowledge through his paintings and artworks which are present in many of the public areas of the USC Sunshine Coast campus. The story of Weeyal is one of those narratives, which Mr Davis has powerfully represented and shared through this painting specifically commissioned for the Reconciliation Action Plan.
Jessica encourages school graduates to think big
After taking the road less travelled to tertiary education, second-year USC Law/Criminology and Justice student Jessica Carruthers lives by a simple message – it’s never too late.
USC and Butchulla walking together on K’gari
USC and the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) have held a roundtable discussion recently to identify a shared pathway for working together on Butchulla Country – starting with K’gari (Fraser Island).
USC team bound for Indigenous Nationals
Eleven students and two staff members will represent USC at the 2019 Indigenous Nationals competition in Perth..
Indigenous soccer player ready to inspire in the classroom
Competing as part of Australia’s first Indigenous women’s football (soccer) team has motivated USC’s Samara Christmas to work towards becoming a mentor for the next generation of Indigenous students.