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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation, Bond University acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the University now stands. The Kombumerri people have walked and cared for this land and wildlife for thousands of years, and their descendants maintain spiritual connection and traditions. We thank them for sharing their cultures, spiritualities and ways of living with the land and wildlife in this place we all now call home. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Our Commitment

The University has a long-standing and deeply embedded commitment to building strong relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with the primary goal of improving educational opportunities.

Bond University embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture at every level of study, research activity and work engagement. We aim to provide a culturally inclusive environment with equitable educational access and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, distinguished by superior student retention and progression, and superior graduate outcomes compared to the national average. As a result, we strive to create a strong, vibrant, and visible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on our campus.

Our Indigenous Education Strategy and Indigenous Workforce Strategy provide clear and actionable strategies for achieving our goals to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates; embed Indigenous knowledges in the curriculum; promote learning, knowledge, and cultural capabilities across our whole University community; and provide networks of support and mentorship for our Indigenous staff.

The Bond University Nyombil Centre is the central focus for the University’s Indigenous community and provides concrete evidence of the University’s commitment. Since its establishment in 2012 the Nyombil Centre has provided a culturally safe and supportive learning environment for Indigenous students, which is focused on providing equitable graduate outcomes, with a visible, central presence on campus.

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Bond University is committed to supporting Indigenous Australians by offering a premium tertiary education experience and pathways to exceptional career opportunities. Every year, Bond University offers a range of full and part-fee scholarships to outstanding school-leavers and mature age applicants who have excelled academically or through extracurricular engagement and leadership roles. Since the Nyombil Centre was opened in 2012, Bond University has awarded 97 Indigenous tuition remission scholarships all of which are either self-funded or through corporate sponsors totalling $5 million. As a result, 35% of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cohort in 2020 were scholarship recipients.

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Success indicators

Bond will measure success in this area by the four goals outlined in the Bond University Indigenous Education Strategy, which includes:

  • Increasing the number of Indigenous students at Bond – with a longer-term aim of parity with the general population figure 3.3%. In 2020 2.5% of Bond’s domestic student population were Indigenous.
  • Ensuring retention and completion rates of Indigenous students are above national averages.
  • Incorporating Indigenous knowledges into the curriculum – as measured by embedding Indigenous descriptors into graduate attributes and increasing the number of programs with Indigenous content year on year.
  • Increasing the number of activities that promote the Indigenous culture.