Indigenous engagement

In partnership with Nura Gili, the community and industry leaders, UNSW Business School offers a variety of programs designed to create an environment that welcomes and supports Indigenous students.

Indigenous engagement

UNSW Business School, in partnership with Nura Gili, strives to cultivate a welcoming environment that supports all Indigenous business students - from their first enquiry to graduation and beyond. 

We provide ongoing advocacy and support for Indigenous business students and graduates. We support students to achieve their best throughout their studies and academic, career mentoring and industry opportunities in Australia and overseas.

We consult with emerging and established Indigenous leaders and stakeholders involved in: Indigenous education; leveraging Indigenous employment and professions; Indigenous entrepreneurship; Indigenous suppliers (including large scale businesses; community organisations; corporates; and government agencies); Indigenous media and Indigenous thought leaders, academics and researchers. 

We foster an environment where we can add real value and support to the growing trend of Indigenous people embracing and navigating business knowledge and practice to strengthen, improve and determine their lives, the lives of their families and their communities. We advocate bringing long-lasting change through creativity, responsiveness, hard work, belief, innovative thinking, practice and exchanges; building and sharing knowledge, capabilities, networks and experiences.

We offer a variety of programs to welcome and support Indigenous students. Whether still in high school or developing your career, our programs will strengthen your innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership skills.  

Nura Gili

Nura Gili is the Indigenous Programs Unit at UNSW that empowers eligible Indigenous people to study at UNSW.

Nura Gili provides support services, programs and facilities including educational pathways for prospective students and tutorial/study spaces for current students.

Nura Gili is also home to UNSW Indigenous Studies programs, academics and researchers, and facilities for higher research degree students.

Cultural Acknowledgement

UNSW Business School acknowledges the Bidjigal (Kensington campus) and Gadigal (City campus) the traditional custodians of the lands where each campus is located. 

We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present and their communities who have shared and practised their teachings over thousands of years including business practices.

We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s ongoing leadership and contributions, including to business, education and industry.

Our programs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can develop business skills with us at high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and mid-career level.

High school students can explore the world of business during the National Indigenous Business Summer School or the Winter School Program. These programs include accommodation and are free to attend.

When ready for university study, attend the Indigenous Preparatory Program - it assesses your readiness for tertiary education and makes you eligible for scholarships. We offer Indigenous Scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

When ready for the next step in your career, the AGSM Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program and Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program will open opportunities for career progression.

Hear our students, alumni and professors speak about their experiences and achievements at events including NAIDOC week in July and Indigenous Business Month in October. Visit UNSW events or contact us for more information.


National Indigenous Business Summer School

The National Indigenous Business Summer School (NIBSS)* provides a fully immersive experience for students thinking of entering the world of business or becoming an entrepreneur. Aimed at senior high school students who take a maths subject, the program involves company site visits, meeting Indigenous professionals and students, and a business boot camp. The boot-camp allows students to test their business problem-solving skills, receive mentoring, and get hands-on experience as a business professional. 

**NIBSS is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council hosted by University of Melbourne in 2018, UNSW Business School in 2019 and in January 2020 there will be two NIBSS in Perth, WA and Melbourne Victoria

Winter School – High School Students

The Winter School Program introduces senior high school students to the university experience through a comprehensive and fun program of activities. Participants are mentored by Indigenous students currently studying at UNSW, along with graduates, academics and experts from industry, as well as having the opportunity to meet staff from the university who can help them identify their areas of interest, clarify their subject choices and provide further information on gaining entry into their degree.

Indigenous Preparatory Program

The Indigenous Preparatory Program is an intensive residential preparatory course for people who would like to apply for an undergraduate degree at UNSW. The program introduces participants to a range of business disciplines and develops the academic skills necessary to complete a Business degree. Participants can put their learning into practice through business case studies and company site visits. People who complete this program are eligible for an undergraduate scholarship.

Indigenous Scholarships

UNSW Business School offers Indigenous Scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The UNSW Indigenous Undergraduate Business Scholarship is available for Indigenous high school leavers who complete the Indigenous Preparatory Program. The UNSW Indigenous Postgraduate Business Scholarship is available to Indigenous students who are undertaking an eligible postgraduate degree.


AGSM believes that many Indigenous practices can contribute to improving workplaces and is committed to seeing Indigenous Australians thrive in the community and business. Our adjunct leaders ensure Indigenous expertise integrates with AGSM programs.

AGSM Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program

The AGSM Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program is an annual program designed to take your management career to the next level. Develop strategic skills in leadership while deepening your cultural awareness and identity within the context of business leadership.

Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program

The Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program (ACDLP) is available to public sector employees and is delivered by AGSM. The program builds leadership abilities through a combination of workshops, interviews, personal reflection, and collaboration on a real-life policy challenge.

UNSW Indigenous Business News

Kristal Kinsela, a woman of influence in life and business

Shaun Wright carves out an inspirational path to success

AGSM appoints four Indigenous Adjunct leaders

World Congress of Accountants

Award-winning student brings sense of pride and achievement to community

Record number of UNSW alumni and academics named Fulbright Scholars

Becoming a Chartered Accountant: Ben Eisikovich CA

Indigenous Students given a taste for Business

Walking in two worlds – making gains and giving back

My teacher said I’d never finish my degree

NAIDOC panellists say self-determination and financial literacy should be key future priorities

2018 Emerging Indigenous Leadership Program launches in Melbourne

Jay Edwards: Indigenous entrepreneurship is all around us

Kristal Kinsela This is one Indigenous policy that really works

Trail-blazing startup uses profits to make the world a better place

Nura Gili star student Owen Walsh among graduating class of 2017

AICC Indigenous Business in Australia Briefing

Universities build business expertise in the Indigenous community with MBA degrees

Aboriginal Youth Leadership Network Forum

Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program

Aboriginal Corporation director Peter Cooley gives hope to Indigenous people

Tech Industry The Future For Indigenous Australians, Business Leaders Say

Celebrating Indigenous Business Month

Inaugural Accounting and Business Conference

UNSW's Owen Walsh helps launch Indigenous Business Month

Meet Rebecca Harcourt - Indigenous Accountants Australia

National Indigenous Business Summer School

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Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program

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