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About us

The Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK) is located across USQ's three campuses, Toowoomba, Springfield and Fraser Coast. The main purpose of the centre is to encourage and assist the further education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Queensland has the second largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Australia with several thousand Indigenous people living in Toowoomba and the surrounding districts. The Indigenous community is comprised of traditional owners, Indigenous people from throughout Queensland, the Torres Strait and Australia.The Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges has a continuing commitment to, and involvement in, the Indigenous community of the region.

The aims and objectives of the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges are to:

  • actively support a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking tertiary studies at the preparatory, undergraduate and/or postgraduate level; 
  • promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and assist communities to develop their economic and cultural independence through research and consultancy projects; 
  • act as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students when meeting educational, social, economic and cultural difficulties in a tertiary institution; and 
  • undertake research and consultancy projects that will address education and other issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at all levels.