Our focus on community has created an environment that supports everyone to achieve their ambitions. Working with our First Peoples community, Southern Cross has a range of events, support services and initiatives that encourage First People’s higher education endeavours and career aspirations.
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We acknowledge Widjabal Country as the Country where Southern Cross University originated and grew, and from where it continues to grow. It seeded the growth of our Gumbaynggirr Campus in Coffs Harbour, our Yugambeh Campus in Coolangatta and it planted the seeds to transform the Countries we are on.
Understanding our origins will make each step into the future a more purposeful one, leading all to transform tomorrow.
Study with us
A better way to learn with study options that support Indigenous Australians' academic journey.
Empowering Indigenous students through financial assistance so they can pursue their academic goals with greater confidence and success.
Indigenous Australian Student Services (IASS) offer essential support, resources, and a sense of belonging to Indigenous students, empowering success.
Events and resources
Southern Cross University Indigenous Events Coordinating Committee (SCUIECC) develops cultural opportunities for Indigenous community engagement.
Discover Southern Cross University's Reconciliation Action Plan. The plan promotes respectful relationships with Indigenous communities, supports Indigenous student success, and increases cultural awareness.Find out more
Welcome to Country ceremonies
Request and discover the tradition and significance of Welcome to Country ceremonies at Southern Cross University, which honour the Traditional Owners and their ongoing connection to the land and culture.Find out more
Student success programs
Learn more about Southern Cross University's Indigenous Student Success Programs, which provide academic and personal support to enhance Indigenous students' sense of belonging, academic achievement, and wellbeing.Find out more
Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge is a unique and highly regarded program. It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems, and contemporary and social justice issues. It positions its graduates as leaders in the field of Indigenous studies and affairs.Find out more
Explore Gnibi College
Discover the rich cultural heritage and contemporary offerings at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. Here you can learn diverse knowledge systems, connect with Indigenous communities and engage in social justice and advocacy.Learn more
Interest in research
Southern Cross has conducted ground-breaking research studies on First Peoples making it an excellent destination for anyone interested in exploring this field in depth. Research focuses have included: Indigenous knowledge systems, cultural revitalisation, land and water management, health and wellbeing, education and social justice.Learn more