The Wollotuka Insitute is the body of the University of Newcastle that serves the University’s commitment to collaboration with Indigenous communities. The Institute serves four main functions that cover the areas of academia, research, Indigenous student support and development as well as Indigenous staff support and development.
Wollotuka began its life as an Indigenous Australian student support program at the Newcastle College of Advanced Education in 1983. Over the next 29 years, it has grown into a multi-campus institution that offers a variety of academic and support services.
Throughout the 1990s Wollotuka expanded its offerings, including the introduction of a Diploma in Aboriginal Studies, which later became a full undergraduate degree, as well as the establishment of an Indigenous Australian Higher Research Centre.
2002 saw Wollotuka move into its new, purpose built home in the Birabahn Building located on the Callaghan campus of the University.
Over the next few years, Wollotuka expanded its work to encompass all levels of academic programs across the three main campuses of the University (Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie), and even today the work that they do and the study programs they offer continue to grow.