Enabling Indigenous Australians to flourish and thrive

"A new generation of Indigenous people are turning dreams into reality: Education; economic participation, self- esteem and success are part of this new Indigenous world, and there is no going back" (Marcia Langton (2013). Boyer lectures 2012: The quiet revolution: Indigenous people and the resources boom. Sydney: HarperCollins).

Deadly Home Reading | Deadly Futures | Deadly Start

Indigenous Game Changers (IGC) answers these needs and brings together a partnership of leading Australian and international Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, next generation researchers, government, industry partners, and communities with a shared commitment to addressing Indigenous disadvantage as a critical issue of our time. IGC's purpose is to enable Indigenous children, youth, and communities to not just succeed but thrive with a focus on educational, physical, psychological, and family and community thriving. IGC employs:

  • a positive psychology strengths-based approach founded upon identifying, building upon, and augmenting Indigenous success;
  • excellence in research to integrate and leverage in new ways, Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being with advances in international research that are based on western scientific approaches that have benefitted disadvantaged populations globally; and
  • prioritising the voices and agency of Indigenous children, youth, and communities and undertaking research in genuine partnership.

The program explores how to identify and replicate Indigenous Australians' well-being to enable them to attain positive educational and life outcomes.


Hey You Mob!

We are offering evidence-based programs to support the literacy, numeracy and well-being of Indigenous children across Australia.

If you are interested in signing up for one of these projects to give your kids a deadly start to life, please sign up via the links below.

If you have any questions, please get in touch via 02 9465 9577.

These programs are run by the Indigenous Game Changers program (ACU) and the Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Community (WNAC).

Deadly Home Reading

Help your kids learn to read at home

Open to: Indigenous children in Kindergarten-Year 2 Australia-wide

Read more and sign up here for DEADLY HOME READING

Contact us: deadlyhomereading@acu.edu.au

Deadly Futures

Free online numeracy and literacy tutoring program

Open to: Indigenous children in Years 3-4 Australia-wide

Read more and sign up here for DEADLY FUTURES

Contact us: deadlyfutures@acu.edu.au

Deadly Start

Kindergarten numeracy and literacy program

Open to: Preschools in the Hunter region, NSW

Read more and sign up here for DEADLY START

Contact us: deadlystart@acu.edu.au

Program Leader

  • Professor Alexander (Alex) Yeung

Research Team

  • Dr Anthony Dillon - Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Georgia Durmush - Research Fellow

Research Program Manager

  • Dr Alicia Egan

Research Program Coordinator

  • Hasret Mehmedali

Research Project Officers

  • Jenny McMullan
  • Bronte Powell

Our research streams

Indigenous Game Changers

IGC's purpose is to enable Indigenous children, youth and communities to, not just succeed, but thrive.

View IGC program

Educational & Developmental Psychology

This research steam explores the factors that allow humans to flourish and to contribute to their community and society.

View EDP program

Motivation & Behaviour

This program focuses focused on understanding human motivation and behaviour for the promotion of human wellness.

View M&B program

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Level 9 and 10, 33 Berry Street
North Sydney NSW 2060

Get in touch

PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059