Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and pay respect to the people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Trinity College is situated. We pay our respects to all Elders of Indigenous students who call Trinity College home. We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, members of the Trinity College community, the University of Melbourne and the wider world.
Trinity College embraces and celebrates First Nations cultures and welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply. Hear from some of our students below, on their experiences of living at Trinity College.
Our team supports Indigenous students through the application process, including scholarship applications and ABSTUDY (which can cover some, if not all, of your college and university fees). We also help students with study plans, referrals to other services, and coordinating cultural initiatives for First Nations students and the wider Trinity community.
All students at Trinity College also get access to ongoing wellbeing and academic support.
Trinity College works closely with Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne.
Students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to join our student committee, Kumergaii Yulendji.
The name Kumergaii Yulendji was gifted to the committee by Aunty Carolyn Briggs, a Boon Wurrung elder and valued member of the Trinity College community, and means ‘knowledge arising’ in Boon Wurrung language.
The committee aims to share knowledge about First Nations cultures and build meaningful relationships within the Trinity community and beyond. Kumergaii Yulendji runs a number of initiatives and events throughout the year to coincide with important events such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
Trinity College hosts the biennial Indigenous Higher Education Conference (IHEC) and has a scholarship program for students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. We also support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
From Darwin to Melbourne – hear about Kahlee Stanislaus's experience of living at Trinity College. Read more about Kahlee here.
To find out more about what some of our Indigenous students' experiences have been like at Trinity College, click on the following articles.
Some of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our alumni community (i.e. former students) have gone on to do great things in their careers – this could be you one day!
On this page you can read about Ethan Taylor (below), who hopes to become Australia's first president (yes, president); Sana Nakata, Associate Dean, Indigenous at Melbourne University’s Faculty of Arts and a member of the Trinity College Board, who wants to tip the power dynamic to create a more equitable Australia; and Jordan Holloway-Clarke, who helped establish our First Nations student committee, Kumergaii Yulendji.
If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and want an amazing university experience surrounded by fun, supportive and encouraging people, contact our Dean of the Residential College, Leonie Jongenelis on firstname.lastname@example.org now and you'll receive help with the application process (including financial support, if needed).
It doesn’t matter if you’re from a metropolitan, regional or remote area, we’ll help you get settled at Trinity College and in Melbourne, and will offer you an opportunity like no other.
This artwork pays respect to local customary designs representing Bouverie Creek – a subterranean watercourse that runs from Princes Park, underneath Trinity College, to Bouverie Street.
Our designer, Dixon Patten, is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunai man. He is also director of Bayila Creative – a Melbourne-based Indigenous-owned creative agency.