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UNSW Business School Guide for Future Indigenous Students Never Stand Still

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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.

Cover image: Left: Dylan Booth UNSW Business School Indigenous student Right: Anthony Ashby – Ashby & Co. Chartered Accountants and UNSW Business School Alumni

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































FURTHER INFORMATION 20 For the latest news on UNSW Business School Indigenous Business Education – link on website



UNSW BUSINESS SCHOOL INDIGENOUS EDUCATION Cultivating a place where Indigenous students feel valued, connected and strengthened to build on their individual and shared achievements. WELCOME ‘So much can be achieved if our educational premise is a belief in Indigenous capacity and if we carry this through to high expectations of students and a strong commitment to support them where indicated.’ Prof N M Nakata (B.Ed.Hons.PhD) Director, Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit UNSW UNSW Business School is a dynamic environment and we work closely with Nura Gili to cultivate a warm and welcoming environment that supports all our Indigenous students from their first enquiry right through to graduation and beyond through our great Alumni networks. We welcome you and your family to visit us; join us for one of our Community forums to explore what studying at UNSW Business School can offer you. In collaboration with Nura Gili we offer residential tertiary aspiration and pathway programs to support you to study with us on a degree program that matches your aspirations for university and your future career. We provide ongoing advocacy and support for all our Indigenous students. We strive to support you achieve your best throughout your studies and engage in the many academic, mentoring and industry opportunities both here and overseas. We work closely with leaders and stakeholders across education, community, corporations, government, media and not-for-profit sectors to ensure we are meeting your needs and providing you with the best opportunities on offer. 2

Above: UNSW Business School Community Forum NAIDOC July 2014

Our Indigenous students studying with us at UNSW Business School are part of the growing numbers of Indigenous professionals championing change across industry, government departments, IT and social enterprises. As I share with our Indigenous students your success is your own through your tenacity, hard work and everything that has made you who you are. Our role is to support you through being honest, providing learning, academic, career and pastoral support, opportunities for you to learn, pursue, engage, pause, reflect, develop and make informed choices. To introduce you to people and places who can support you and recognise what you bring to the table at any given time. Through working together in partnership many of us are championing Indigenous business education and long-lasting change through hard work, belief, building on foundations together through all our networks and experiences. As one of the leading business schools in Australia, UNSW Business School offers you a tremendous foundation from which to build on throughout your life. Rebecca Harcourt, Program Manager Indigenous Business Education, UNSW Business School. BA(Hons) Theatre. IDM Certificate in Direct Marketing. CBA (Management). BTEC PA Assessor. PGCE Drama. QTS status. DipEd.SSE Fellow Editor Nura Gili News. Nura Gili Indigenous Programs, UNSW.


‘ I have an unmatchable passion for Information technology and Systems in particular the relationship between business and technology. I’m also interested in project management and the application of human behaviour in business. I have an incredible thirst to learn, and in turn I find this increases my drive and dedication I put in to the work I do.’

OWEN WALSH Owen is a Wiradjuri man who speaks his traditional Wiradjuri language and continues to have strong ties with his Elders and community. Owen is studying for a double degree  — 
 a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Information Systems, having successfully completed the UNSW Indigenous Pre program in Business. Owen has created his own online portfolio: Alongside his studies Owen is developing his professional industry experience working with Tourism Australia on a variety of projects including web content and website management, online module management and marketing tourism products and services.


‘ UNSW Indigenous pre-program in Business made the transition from high school to university much simpler. This wasn’t just in terms of work. During winter school and Pre-programs I met people that I’m at UNSW with now and are some of my best friends. It’s a lot easier to move away from home when you know that you already have friends down here. I have just finished my first semester at UNSW and it was the hardest, most rewarding and fun fourteen weeks especially living at campus at college. Nura Gili, both the staff and other students have been the biggest help right from winter school through to my first semester. If I’ve ever needed help I knew that I could go to Nura Gili. They provide us with such a supportive environment and give us access to a study place and resources that most other students don’t have access too.’

LETITIA PORTER Letitia Porter grew up in a small Aboriginal community called Walhallow with around 150 people. She is from Qurindi and belongs to the Kamilaroi Tribe. She is studying a Bachelor of Commerce.




Our UNSW Business School Community Forums offer you time to spend with us at UNSW Business School in an informative and welcoming environment. During the forum you will participate in practical workshop activities, group and panel discussions. You will meet current UNSW Business School Indigenous students, graduates, academic and professional staff as well as some of our industry partners. Through this experiences we hope you will gain a fuller understanding of studying at UNSW Business School, including our different pathway programs, degree options, internships, scholarships and graduate opportunities for our Indigenous students.

UNSW INDIGENOUS WINTER SCHOOL Winter school is a residential program for Indigenous high school students in years 10,11 and 12. By electing Business you will spend three days with UNSW Business School, exploring how your different ideas, skills and creativity can be applied to Business. During the program you will develop your leadership, marketing, financial, networking and presentation capabilities, participate in business simulations and present your business ideas to a panel of industry experts. By the end of the program you will know firsthand about our undergraduate degrees and the pathways, internships, scholarships on offer for you to come and study at UNSW Business School.

UNSW INDIGENOUS PRE PROGRAM IN BUSINESS As an Indigenous high school leaver or mature age person who is looking to gain entry into UNSW Business School, this residential program prepares you alongside other Indigenous students for undergraduate studies at UNSW Business School. You will learn about diverse areas of business such as accounting, economics, marketing, management, information systems and finance. Each area has its own language, knowledge and skills you will need to understand to be successful in that field. We are very proud of the achievements of our students who have successfully completed the UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business. They have gone on to successfully complete an undergraduate business degree at UNSW Business School and continue to flourish both in Australia and overseas professionally whether that’s in industry, as entrepreneurs and / 6

or corporate sector; across public sector; in social enterprise, the not-for-profit sector, with community organisations and so on.

UPP BUSINESS The University Preparation Program (UPP) in Business provides you with a one year enabling program to build your academic skills, experience and study in Business The UNSW enabling programs are designed for Indigenous people who have the potential, but are not yet prepared for first year undergraduate study. At the end of the program, students who have demonstrated an ability to perform at a tertiary level can apply to transfer into a degree program at UNSW Business.

‘I have an ambition to work in the business world and cannot see myself working in any other profession. A business related degree will provide much scope for movement during my professional working life. This flexibility means that I will always be stimulated within the business profession whether it is in Finance, Corporate Affairs, Marketing, Human Resources or even IT. There will always be challenging problems and projects that all come my way. Education is so important to me because it really determines my future. I believe that with effort comes reward and this key principal keeps me motivated to succeed.’

BENJAMIN EISIKOVICH Ben attended both UNSW Indigenous Winter School and UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business. Ben is studying a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Finance and Accounting. He has an internship in a financial role with Leighton Contractors. Ben has also been employed as tutor and student supervisor on both UNSW Indigenous Winter School and UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business.



‘ Studying a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Business School has allowed me to grow not only in knowledge but as a person. UNSW is a positive environment which fosters learning and personal growth. One day I hope to be a prominent Indigenous professional, UNSW has taught me that if I work hard every goal is achievable.’

Photo: Dylan, front right, representing his family, community and university as part of the Indigenous Men’s under 21’s team at the OZ-Tag Tournament in Auckland New Zealand 2014. Dylan was sponsored by UNSW Business School and Adrian Williams to attend.


Dylan is a Kamilaroi man who grew up in Sydney. Dylan attended the UNSW Business School Accounting forum and UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business in 2012 the same year he completed his HSC. Dylan is currently in his second year of a Bachelor of Commerce and has worked with AMP Capital and NSW Department of Finance and Services.


‘My time at UNSW so far has been the most rewarding experience I have had in my academic career. The degree is interesting, challenging and most of all rewarding. I’m developing career interests through each course and I always feel supported from both Nura Gili and Faculty staff, I know they want me to succeed.’

Ashely Finegan is an Aboriginal woman who grew up in Western Sydney. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce having successfully attended UNSW Indigenous Winter School, UNSW Business School Community Forum and UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business during high school in years 10, 11,12, respectively. Ashley’s passions include combining travel and business having first been inspired in high school excelling in Business studies, during UNSW Business School programs and on an overseas trip when she billeted with a Marketing Director in France and an Accountant in Holland. Ashley plans to spend a semester studying abroad during her degree.



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‘Since completing the AGSM Women in Leadership Program I feel more confident about my effectiveness. There’s also legitimacy to my leadership because I know that my practices reflect my claims and commitments. And that makes the whole process for me – and the people on the journey with me – more enjoyable. As an Aboriginal female leader, I am constantly walking in two worlds. I continue to walk with the Elders to ensure that I take in and capture as much as possible from their traditional wisdom. It’s not well understood in organisational culture what that is like. This was a real-life case study in crosscultural relations. My hope is to bring those worlds together through mutual engagement and true consultation. We all come with our own script – the challenge is to find the common ground’.


MELISSA WILLIAMS Director, Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement, Office of People and Culture University of Western Sydney The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) is the section of the UNSW Business School, that offers global top tier general management, executive and leadership development programs. Australia, in Hong Kong and online. To meet the varying needs of individuals and organisations, AGSM Executive Education offers a portfolio of services including Open programs for the development of individual skills, In-house solutions customised to business needs, Consortium and Lean Six Sigma programs targeting top talent teams as well as Coaching and Consulting services giving clients access to faculty expertise.


Mitchell diving for the ball

‘ University has been the greatest experience of my life so far. It’s given me so many opportunities I thought I’d never have and pushed me to learn so many new skills. It is tough but there is so much support in place to help you to succeed. Being at university has really shown me that no matter what walk of life you come from nothing is impossible if you actually put in the hard yards.’


MITCHELL HERITAGE Mitchell is in his final year studying a Bachelor of Commerce with Majors in International Business and Business Law. Mitchell first came to UNSW to attend UNSW Indigenous Winter School in high school followed by UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business after finishing year 12. He currently coaches the Uni Games mixed touch football team, plays mixed premier league for UNSW and the National Touch League for the Sydney Mets. Mitchell also plays Rugby Union for UNSW Colts.

‘ UNSW is a great


environment to be around studying with highly motivated students and gaining practical skills for my degree which I’m interested in. Studying here gives me a well-rounded education, having a great support network and a pretty nice university life balance between work, college life, study and sports.’

Makenzie is studying a Bachelor of Commerce having successfully attended UNSW Indigenous Winter School and UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business. During her time as a student Makenzie was on the inaugural New College Immersion Trip to Bourke in January 2013 working with the local PCYC and was one of two student leaders who lead the second trip in the following July. She has also represented UNSW and Nura Gili at both Uni wide & Indigenous Uni Games. Makenzie Russel with her Scholarship donors Joanne and Jack Russell



SERVICES AND SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS STUDYING AT UNSW BUSINESS SCHOOL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT MANAGER INDIGENOUS BUSINESS EDUCATION Having a dedicated person you can call on situated in UNSW Business School working closely with Nura Gili and UNSW Business School staff, plays a pivotal part in supporting you academically, personally and professionally whether you are considering studying with us or are a current UNSW Business School Indigenous student. – Assistance and Information for Prospective UNSW Business School Indigenous students – Transition and Learning Support – Coaching and mentoring – Professional development

ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT Whether it is quizzes, course assignments, reports, group work, presentations, time management or preparing for examinations, regular consultations with our EDU* and Nura Gili academic learning advisors and your ITAS* tutors will help you to build your capacity and optimise your success in your studies.

THE EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT UNIT (EDU) is part of the Learning & Teaching Portfolio and provides free learning support to students at UNSW Business School, including: – Academic skills workshops – One on one or group consultations – Online Resources – PASS sessions 14

For more information email

ITAS INDIGENOUS TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME (ITAS) ITAS scheme enables Indigenous Australian students to access up to a maximum of 2 hours per week per subject additional tutorial assistance during the teaching period and up to a maximum of 5 hours in total during the examination period. Indigenous students enrolled at UNSW are encouraged to utilise ITAS. For more information email

UNSW BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENT CENTRE Staff provide you with advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.

SCHOLARSHIPS UNSW has dedicated scholarships for our Indigenous students including at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programs.

‘ Building business acumen within our community is critical to addressing the broader challenges Indigenous people face in health, housing, education and employment. Take advantage of all the opportunities and see the value of learning. University is a great place to explore your interest, I can guarantee whatever your hobby or interest is there will be someone with the same interest on campus.’

DAMIAN SHANNON BCOM. DPP Damian Shannon is a proud Wiradjuri man with family ties to Condobolin. In 2014 Damian become a proud UNSW Business School Alumni having completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in International Business and Management as well as a Diploma of Professional Practice. Damian first came to UNSW and successfully completed UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business. Damian now works for John Holland a tier one construction company as a HR Graduate.

Photo Damian on site with John Holland Group at Sydney Opera House



‘ Growing up on the South Coast and in particular, Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community has given me a strong sense of family, community and pride in who and what I am I have always believed no matter where my journey takes me, I will always strive for the betterment of my people and give back to community While completing the last two years of my degree I worked at Supply Nation, an organisation that creates opportunities for Indigenous businesses to embed themselves in to the supply chain of corporate and government organisations. It was there I became passionate about supporting Indigenous businesses and saw Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) as a place where I’d be able to broaden my skills and understanding.’


George is a graduate of UNSW Business School with Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Management. George successfully completed UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business. He is currently working as an Indigenous graduate at Indigenous Business Australia. He is also an elected Board member of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council Executive Committee and the Booderee Joint Management Board.

‘ When I was a young boy growing up in Blacktown and around Penrith, I never really thought much about achieving one degree let alone two, especially from such a prestigious institution as UNSW, which really seemed like a faraway place we had only seen pictures of. One of the outcomes in my experience of the Masters in Business and Technology Program is it provides broader and appropriate contextual frames of reference: economically, socially and culturally. With the integrity and impacts of institutions such as Nura Gili with the support of UNSW Business School are having culturally on our Indigenous community, I am even more emboldened to ensure that even many more Indigenous students graduate from UNSW Business School. I believe UNSW Business School which incorporates AGSM, offers the best business courses in Australia and provides tremendous pathways for more Indigenous students to mature into positions of business and political power, responsibility and influence. Whatever business success that I have, I will do my best to represent my family and community with pride, passion and integrity. My advice for others is to stay close to your family and friends and never, give up! Be ready to give back ’.

L–R Brett Chamberlain with his Aunty Daisy Fernando, Mum- Sandra Chamberlain and brother- Aaron Chamberlain at Nura Gili Awards night 2013

BRETT CHAMBERLAIN, BCom. GCAppFin. RegPM. MBT Brett Chamberlain is a Wiradjuri man who grew up in Blacktown, Western Sydney. Brett completed both his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Master in Business Technology at UNSW. He is currently working as a Senior Project Manager — IP Networks and Security at Vodafone.



Photo: Indigenous Accountants Australia Networking event 2014

Dedicated Industry visits to corporate, government, not for profit and community organisations. – 
Industry networking forums and events held at UNSW Business School, Nura Gil, and in the city with our Industry hosts. – 
One on one professional mentoring opportunity through our networks and programs. – 
Invitation to events such as with Indigenous Accountants Australia and the National Indigenous Corporate Network, Meet the CEO, AGSM Alumni events.


–  Employment support including: –  assistance with finding cadetships, employment and graduate career opportunities –  writing resumes, application interview preparation, panel assessments etc UNSW Diploma of Professional Practice offers all students the opportunity to consolidate their industry experience and gain an additional recognised qualification.

PETER COOLEY ACTING CEO & DIRECTOR FIRST HAND SOLUTIONS ABORIGINAL CORPORATION:; DIRECTOR KOORI COMMUNICATIONS & TRAINING PTY LTD Peter grew up locally in the Aboriginal Community at La Perouse. He is the first Indigenous student from the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Graduate Certificate in Social Impact on Freehills and CSI scholarships. Peter is also Manager of NSW Aboriginal Men’s cricket team and Manager of the National Indigenous Cricket Development Squad.

‘I was scared about attending Uni, I thought there was no way I could handle the pressure, the study and run my business at the same time. To my surprise my experience was so different, I have so many good people around me, supporting me. I now love Uni, it’s challenging but the rewards are great and the people you meet are amazing and inspiring. I’m so glad I made the jump.’


REBECCA HARCOURT Program Manager Indigenous Business Education UNSW Business School Editor Nura Gili News Nura Gili Indigenous Programs UNSW Tel (02) 93859746 Mobile/ 0478492075 Email/

BALNAVES PLACE – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.

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