Indigenous students at graduation

Our vision

CDU was the first university in Australia to appoint a Pro Vice-Chancellor for Indigenous Leadership. This occured in 2009 when the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Indigenous Leadership (OPVCIL) was established.

One of our goals is to be the University of choice for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and staff. Central to this is the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives and knowledge into University’s core business. OPVCIL plays a role in providing advice and advocacy services to both academic and professional staff around working with Indigenous students, communities and organisations.

OPVCIL provides leadership to the University in ways of becoming globally-recognised for Indigenous leadership in education (Strategic Plan 2015-2025). Our commitment to this goal includes:

  • developing innovative programs informed by local and national agendas to improve Indigenous participation
  • creating and maintaining culturally-enriched and culturally-safe environments for Indigenous students
  • learning in partnership with Indigenous students, staff and community
  • increasing our Indigenous staffing profile.

We see our key responsibilities being participation in corporate governance across the University and commitment to facilitating a whole-of-university approach to advancing Indigenous education outcomes and corporate cultural competencies.