First Nations Student Centres

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Tertiary Institution

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First Nations Student Centres

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      • Aboriginal Study Centre
      • Aboriginal Education Unit
      • Maldahan Gilaana Indigenous Education Unit

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      From about 1983, there was a centre dedicated to helping Indigenous students at the Mitchell College of Advanced Education, known as the Aboriginal Study Centre, located in Building W3. (1) Its purpose was to provide assistance and guidance in choosing and applying for courses, finding accommodation, choosing electives, and developing study and assignment skills. The Centre also provided childminding and financial services. (2)

      In 1992, Charles Sturt University established the Aboriginal Education Unit. Its purpose was to co-ordinate the Aboriginal Education Centres on the University's three campuses: Winan-Gidyal situated in the Hicks Building on the Albury Wodonga Campus, Wammarra in Building W3 on the Bathurst Campus, and Ngungilanna on the Wagga Wagga Campus. (3)

      Around 2002, the name of the Unit changed to the Maldahan Gilaana Indigenous Education Unit and the following year a new Centre was established on the Dubbo campus, named Barraamielinga. (4)

      As of 2021, there are seven First Nations Student Centres at Charles Sturt University. Their role with Indigenous Students includes: providing information on how to apply for courses, help with costs, accommodation enquiries, access to computers and printers, rooms for meeting and studying, improving study skills, understanding career options, counselling and other support services, involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events, such as NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day, information on social clubs and events, participation in activities that promote higher education, and opportunities to study overseas. (5) The seven Centres are:

      Barraamielinga (to provide) on the Dubbo Campus in Building 905;

      Maliyan (symbol of law and justice) on the Goulburn Campus;

      Ngarralbaa (thinking, knowing, remembering) on the Port Macquarie Campus in Pitkin House (Building 801, room 2072);

      Ngunggilanha (to exchange/give to one another) on the Wagga Wagga Campus (Building 19);

      Wammarra (to build one's education) on the Bathurst Campus (Building 1292, ground floor);

      Winan Gidyal (learning/knowledge) on the Albury Campus in the Gordon Bevan Building (Building 673, level 2);

      NOT YET NAMED on the Orange Campus (Building 1021, Room 5). (6)

      (1) Mitchell College of Advanced Education 1983 Handbook, page 18.
      (2) Mitchell College of Advanced Education 1989 Handbook, page 12.
      (3) Charles Sturt University 1992 Handbook, page 39.
      (4) Charles Sturt University 2003 Handbook, page 50.
      (5) CSU First Nations Student Centres website, accessed 21 October 2021:
      (6) CSU First Nations Student Support website, accessed 21 October 2021:


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      Agency Record created 21 October 2021. J Salzke.




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