The Ngunnawal Centre, which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a range of academic and pastoral support programs and services has been functioning as the focal point for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at the University of Canberra since 1985. It is located in Building 5, Room 13A on University of Canberra campus at Bruce. The University offers a wide range of courses with a professional orientation.
The Ngunnawal Centre will serve its students and clients through the provision of excellent support services. The Centre will provide high-level support services to students and assist the University to contribute to the building of just, prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities, which are committed to redressing disadvantage and reconciliation with Australia's Indigenous peoples. The Ngunnawal Centre will be a student support centre of excellence that is nationally active and locally responsive.
The Ngunnawal Centre exists to:
- provide professional and technical support that develops people for leadership and employment;
- inform university policies that take into account current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community issues, with a national and regional community context; and
- provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to help them achieve their educational goals.
The values that will characterise the Ngunnawal Centre as a service provider, and will be embraced by both staff and students are:
- client focus,
- quality processes,
- practicality and relevance,
- cultural imagination,
- cultural diversity,
- fairness to all,
- learning and
- personal growth.
Importantly we will value highly ethical behaviour, responsibility, and professional points of reference.