We acknowledge the importance of collaboration and partnership, to walk together as one with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our journey of reconciliation.
Torrens University Australia proudly acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands where our campuses are located and pays respects to the teaching, learning and research undertaken since time immemorial.
Our vision for reconciliation
Torrens University Australia envisions being a champion for equal education outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and an inclusive and diverse workplace that is not just culturally safe, but culturally rich and proud.
Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia that embraces unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.
Our reconciliation action plan
Our current Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan lays the foundations to guide our work that contributes towards a shared vision of reconciliation and prepares us for future Reconciliation Action Plans.
Our previous Reconciliation Action Plan focused on building relationships and cultural awareness across Torrens University Australia, as well as ensuring we build confidence in our staff and students across the organisation to learn, share and deliver on our commitments outlined within our first RAP.
Rochelle Morris, our First Nations Liaison Officer, is an Aboriginal woman from the Gumbaynggirr Nation who is deeply aware of the opportunities Torrens University Australia can offer to impact the lives of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who choose to further their education.
Rochelle’s leadership and mentorship generously guides our students’ and staff’s knowledge on the path to reconciliation. She has created a safe space for ongoing discussion and learning.
Lesli Kirwan, our Senior Learning Facilitator First Nations Curriculum for Health Sciences, is a Ngarabal Yugambal woman who leads several other Identified Academic roles in our health faculty. Together, our academics provide valuable guidance and wisdom about the unique health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Embedding Indigenous knowledge into curriculum
At Torrens University Australia we enrich the education we deliver by embedding Indigenous knowledge into curriculum. We are enshrining a mindset in our students to acknowledge, respect and champion Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture.
In our Health Sciences team, we have several Indigenous Identified Academic roles teaching subjects including ‘First Peoples Culture, History and Healthcare’ and ‘Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Australian Indigenous Populations’. This builds the capability and enhances understanding and cultural responsiveness of our future health professionals to provide appropriate health services to First Nations people.
Design and Creative Technology
Our Design and Creative Technology faculty integrates Indigenous thinking within Work Integrated Learning (WIL) curriculum and our students are often engaging with First Nations communities. Our students greatly benefit from this transfer of knowledge and are often transformed by the experience.
Social Enterprise Hub
Through our Social Enterprise Hub our business students have had the opportunity to take on roles with organisations like Linking Futures, an innovative cross-cultural education and facilitation initiative helping businesses, government and First Nations’ clients to work together to meet the expectations of the communities in which they operate. Bilbie XR Labs is leveraging XR technologies to create engaging and interactive experiences with our Design and Creative Technology students to help foster a better understanding and appreciation of our shared history, environment management, and cultural interactions within a contested terrain across Australia.
Bulbuwil Project brings Stolen Generation stories to life through design
Design students at Torrens University Australia were challenged in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) brief to create a physical memorial to pay respects to survivors of Australia’s Stolen Generation. For the students involved, it quickly became so much more than just an assessment.
Students create innovative concepts to communicate Reconciliation Action Plan
Torrens University Australia initiated a Work Integrated Learning project to engage and educate students, whilst at the same time developing their cultural capability as they share ideas on how to communicate the university’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Dr Hayden McDonald is the Program Director of Torrens University Australia's Master of Business Analytics program. His research is focused on examining how to improve the social and cultural governance of organisations. He is passionate about strengthening relationships between First Nations and other Australians through improved governance mechanisms. Dr McDonald had a lead role on a research project funded by CPA Australia: Making management controls inclusive: The importance of embedding Indigenous cultural values in key-performance indicators. The project examined the role of management controls in the implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans.
We are committed to a positive future as we move together on our journey of learning. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners for the major Australian cities in which we operate, Brisbane (Meanjin): Yuggera / Jagera Country, Sydney (Warrane / Warran): Gadigal Country, Melbourne (Naarm): the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung of the Eastern Kulin, and Adelaide (Tarndanya): Kaurna Country.