About Us

In the spirit of reconciliation, the University of Tasmania respectfully acknowledges the lutriwita nations. The University also recognises the Aboriginal history and culture of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and to Elders past, present and emerging of the land on which all UTAS campuses stand.

Welcome to the Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education, where we are focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success.

We work within a cultural framework and aspire to create positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through educational experiences that build independent, resilient and confident learners, supported through shared celebrations, culture and Community.

We provide a culturally welcoming place of belonging for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study, access academic and pastoral support, and be part of the Aboriginal community within the University.

The Centre is a hub for students to meet, find help and advice, and gain access to a rich community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander networks.

Riawunna provides the following services and resources:

  • Academic support and advice
  • Assistance with applications for bursaries, scholarships and cadetships
  • Cultural and social support and events
  • murina Program
  • Pastoral care
  • Resource collection featuring Aboriginal literature and resources
  • Spaces for studying and relaxing

Riawunna supports all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at all levels of their academic career from murina to Postgraduate.

Vision Statement

The Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education aspires to positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through educational experiences that build independent, resilient and confident learners, supported through shared celebrations, culture and Community.  The endeavour to achieve this vision is informed by our accountability to the University of Tasmania’s shared values, and our commitment to quality internal and external partnerships.


Pillar  One

Pillar Two

Pillar Three

Deliver a wraparound service to support a culturally rich academic experience for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Provide a supportive and nurturing environment within the University of Tasmania for Riawunna staff.
Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and perspectives across the University of Tasmania.