Indigenous Department

The Indigenous Department provides services for all undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at ANU. It advocates for a sense of purpose, the exchange of ideas between Indigenous students, and the sharing of information between our mob and the wider ANU community. The Indigenous Department conducts recreational, cultural, and educational activities for students, and advocates for Indigenous issues both within the ANU and in the broader community.

Chair: Makayla-May Brinckley

I’m Makayla and I am a Wiradjuri woman. My mob is from the Cootamundra and Leeton areas, and I spent the majority of my life growing up on Wiradjuri country in Forbes. I moved to Canberra for university, and during my time as Indigenous Officer I will be in my third year of a double Psychology and Arts degree.

As Indigenous Officer, I aim to represent and advocate for the issues of our ANU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I believe that our mob has so much to say and contribute, and I will do everything in my power to have these voices heard.


The Indigenous Department meets fortnightly in the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre. More info coming soon.

Get Involved

All Indigenous ANU students are members of the Indigenous Department. To get involved, like the Facebook page, join our Facebook group, and come to one of our fortnightly meetings for a yarn about what’s happening in our local mob.

Get In Touch



Social Media

Check out the public “ANU Indigenous Department” Facebook page to keep up to date with events and campaigns run by the Indigenous Department.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student please join the closed Facebook group “ANUSA Indigenous Department” for a more informal way for Indigenous students to connect with each other.

Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre

The Indigenous Department works alongside the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre. Tjabal provides services and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including pathway programs and tutoring services. The Tjabal Centre is a meeting base available for all Indigenous students, as well as after opening hours. To get card access, please email or the Indigenous Officer.

We are incredibly grateful for all that Tjabal has done for the Indigenous Department and the Indigenous students at ANU, and the consistent hard work put in to ensure each and every Indigenous student is getting the most out of university.

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which ANUSA operates.
We recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters, and communities of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We pay our respect to Elders, past and present, and commit to standing with our first nations people.

Contact ANUSA (02) 6125 2444