Education is for everyone. Our focus in the First Peoples Directorate is to remove barriers to university participation. We foster excellence in learning and teaching, student success and community engagement for marginalised people.

Our staff work collaboratively within ACU, supporting the aspirations of our current and future students and their communities.

Learn more about our directorate, see how we’re promoting equity, explore what support we offer current and future students, and read our Acknowledgement of Country.

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ACU First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate

At the First Peoples Directorate, we aim to lead, inspire and support success. We also know that success means different things to different people. 

First Peoples students

If you’re a future student who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, view your study options at ACU.

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Indigenous Higher Education Units

At our Indigenous Higher Education Units (IHEU), our staff are ready to offer you academic, personal and cultural support as well as enrolment advise

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Office of the Director

Our national admiration team is here to assist you with all your corporate enquiries

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Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Action Plan

Australian Catholic University’s Reconciliation Action Plan will commit our university to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, staff and stakeholders to develop a strong sense of community, strengthen our cultural identity and increase community wellbeing.

Read our plan (PDF, 15MB)

Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country

Incorporating welcoming and acknowledgement protocols into official meetings and events recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and custodians of their land. It promotes an awareness of the past and ongoing connection to place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Download Protocol (PDF, 1.7MB)

Download postcards (PDF, 2.8MB)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Significant Dates

There are a number of dates significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that are commemorated within Australia today. These dates recognise and respect the unique cultural heritage of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their special relationship with the land and sea.

We encourage you to acknowledge, participate and reflect on the importance of these dates

Equity through opportunity

Strategies and government reports

The First Peoples Directorate and ACU work collaboratively with the Australian Government for positive outcomes for our students and staff.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

Learn about the support programs, recruitment strategies and community partnerships designed to keep and grow ACU's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce.

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Equity and diversity

At ACU, we’re committed to building a culture that embeds our values of social justice, equity and diversity.

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Away From Base

Our Away From Base courses offer an alternative to on-campus courses, enabling you to study close to your community.

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Why study at ACU

Expand your knowledge and improve the lives of others while gaining a quality qualification. Study with us and enrich your life.

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