Indigenous students

Macquarie University is committed to creating our future Indigenous leaders. Through Walanga Muru, the Office of Indigenous Strategy, our University provides Indigenous students with tailored, individual support services and a culturally safe place for Indigenous students to excel in their learning journey and complete their chosen degree.

Walanga Muru provides quality support services to Indigenous students, including academic advice, enrolment support, tailored inductions, alternative entry pathways, tutoring, and scholarship support. The aim of Walanga Muru is to:

  • lead in the provision of high-quality educational experiences and outcomes for Indigenous people
  • promote and foster educational and employment outcomes for Indigenous people
  • provide a culturally inclusive environment for Indigenous students and staff
  • provide the University with leadership and guidance on cultural matters.

Walanga Muru is a Darug language name meaning 'follow your path'. At Walanga Muru, we seek to support and assist students to choose the right path to take, to navigate the obstacles and tangles of life, and to emerge as strong, resilient leaders.

The vision of Walanga Muru is to grow our future Indigenous leaders in their chosen fields and to build the educational aspirations of our youth. We provide a culturally safe 'home away from home' for Indigenous students while they pursue their tertiary aspirations.

Welcome to country

The Welcome to Country video is performed by Darug community members Jacinta Tobin and Aunty Sandra Lee.

Welcome to country interviews


Walanga Muru - Office of Indigenous Strategy acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which our office is situated, the Wattamattageal people of the Darug nation, whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since the Dreamtime. We pay our respects to the Darug people and the Wattamattageal clan, the Wullamai black snapper fish people.

The Wullamai (local totem) is a shy but clever fish, who uses the shadows and patterns created by the mangroves to protect the younger fish. The mangroves are their nursery, their school and their home. The mangroves represent life - the obstacles and tangles that we need to navigate. Once we learn the right path to take, we are safe in that knowledge and in our lives. At Walanga Muru - Office of Indigenous Strategy, we seek to assist our students to navigate the obstacles and tangles of life, to emerge as strong, resilient leaders for the future.

We also wish to acknowledge the Elders of the Darug nation, past, present and future, and pay our respects to them. We further wish to honour and pay our respects to the ancestors and spirits of this land, and humbly ask that all members of the Macquarie University community are granted with the capacity to wingara - to think, to learn and to walk safely upon this pemul, this land. The University continues to develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with all Indigenous people in Australia and with other Indigenous people throughout the world.

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Building W3A, Room 305
Macquarie University, North Ryde NSW 2109
T: (02) 9850 4498 
F: (02) 9850 7735

Coursework Scholarships and Prizes Unit
Lincoln Building, Level 3
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109
T: 02 9850 7337/6401

  • Cultural support

    The Walanga Muru cultural adviser, Sue Pinckham, aims to build the cultural capability of all students and staff and foster Macquarie's relationships with Indigenous communities.

  • Cultural safety

    Cultural safety is a key component for the wellbeing and success of Indigenous students studying at the University.

  • Walanga Muru tutorial program

    The Walanga Muru Tutorial Program (WMTP) is a Commonwealth-funded program designed to close the gap that exists between the educational outcomes of Indigenous Australians and other Australians.

  • Student spaces

    We provide recreational and study spaces specifically for indigenous students to enjoy at their leisure.

  • Career support

    The Career and Employment Service empowers and assist students in their professional development.

  • Indigenous events

    We have a busy and exciting events calendar packed full of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander- related celebrations, commemorations and observances.

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