Woolyungah Indigenous Centre

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre is the University’s Centre responsible for Indigenous student recruitment, access and support. Our programs aim to foster equity by supporting Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from entry to University, through to successful completion.

WIC news

Indigenous Graduation Stoles Review

A review of the Indigenous graduation stole is currently underway.  The purpose is to conduct an inclusive and transparent review of the cultural significance of the colours and design of both the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and the importance of recognising this history in UOW graduation dress for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, across each of our campuses.

Designed by renowned Aboriginal Artist Harold Thomas in 1971, the Aboriginal flag has become a widely recognised symbol of the unity and identity of the Aboriginal people. 

In 2009 the University of Wollongong (UOW) adopted the colours of the Aboriginal flag in its design of the UOW Aboriginal stole worn at graduation ceremonies.  A stole is a sash worn over the graduation gown and hood.  It drapes around your neck and falls half way down the front of the gown.

Survey progress

Thank you to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff who completed the survey, we are currently reviewing the survey responses, these results will be included in the final Indigenous Stoles Review report.

Your participation will help shape how the Indigenous stole is used in graduation ceremonies across each of our campuses.

Community consultation

Meeting with and consulting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders is an important and vital part of this review. We will continue to work with the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre in meeting with gathering feedback from the community.

Have your say

Your enquiries, feedback and comments are welcome.  Please contact our Project Support Officer, Samantha Peace on (02) 42 21 5588 or via email stoles-review@uow.edu.au

Two UOW indigenous students receive inaugural Maryann Bin-Sallik AO - Cancer Council NSW Health Scholarship

The scholarship has been awarded to final year Bachelor of Nursing student Marcelle Skimmings, and final year Bachelor of Medical and Health Science (Honours) student, Jacob Stephenson.

Minority women leaders an under-valued resource

A new report conducted by the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) found that workplaces are not utilising the unique leadership abilities of women from minority groups.

Quick links

Indigenous Studies Unit 

Alternative Admissions Program 

Indigenous Tailored Academic Program (ITAP) 

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)  

Welcome to Country Protocols 


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