UNSW celebrates over 100 UNSW Indigenous Business graduates!

To honour and celebrate the achievements of over one hundred UNSW Indigenous Business graduates UNSW Business School hosted a celebration and reunion on the 12th October as part of Indigenous Business Month in recognition of UNSW Business School and AGSM Indigenous graduates ‘success and significant contributions.

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UNSW Business School, in partnership with Nura Gili, strives to cultivate a welcoming environment that supports all Indigenous business students - from their first enquiry to graduation and beyond.

We provide ongoing advocacy and support for Indigenous business students and graduates. We support students to achieve their best throughout their studies and academic, career mentoring and industry opportunities in Australia and overseas.

We consult with emerging and established Indigenous leaders and stakeholders involved in:

  • Indigenous education
  • Leveraging Indigenous employment and professions
  • Indigenous entrepreneurship
  • Indigenous suppliers, including large scale businesses, community organisations, corporates and government agencies
  • Indigenous media
  • Indigenous thought leaders, academics and researchers

We foster an environment where we can add real value and support to the growing trend of Indigenous people embracing and navigating business knowledge and practice to strengthen, improve and determine their lives, the lives of their families and their communities. We advocate bringing long-lasting change through creativity, responsiveness, hard work, belief, innovative thinking, practice and exchanges, building and sharing knowledge, capabilities, networks and experiences.

We offer a variety of programs to welcome and support Indigenous students. Whether still in high school or developing your career, our programs will strengthen your innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership skills.

Nura Gili

Nura Gili is the Indigenous Programs Unit at UNSW that empowers eligible Indigenous people to study at UNSW.

Nura Gili provides support services, programs and facilities including educational pathways for prospective students and tutorial/study spaces for current students.

Nura Gili is also home to UNSW Indigenous Studies programs, academics and researchers, and facilities for higher research degree students.

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.

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

Our programs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can develop business skills with us at high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and mid-career level.

  • UNSW Business School is proud to again be hosting the National Indigenous Business Summer School from 14 - 19 January 2024.

    The National Indigenous Business Summer School (NIBSS) is a Cultural leadership immersive experience for Indigenous high school and TAFE students in years 9, 10, 11, and 12 thinking of entering the world of business, industry and/or entrepreneurship.

    Throughout the program, students will meet Indigenous entrepreneurs, community leaders, business academics and industry professionals. Through workshops, company and site visits students will get hands on experience through working on a real-life business sprint.

    Who can apply? 

     Current Indigenous high school and/or TAFE students Australia wide who are currently in years 9,10,11 and 12  

    Residential Program

    NIBSS is a residential program where students will stay on campus for the duration of the program. All travel to and from UNSW, Accommodation, meals and program expenses will be covered by UNSW Business School.

    When is NIBSS?

    The National Indigenous Business Summer School will be held from Midday Sunday the 14th to Midday Friday the 19th of January 2024.

    Who can apply?

    Current Indigenous high school and TAFE students in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Australia wide.

    Applying to NIBSS 

    Applications are now open. Please apply here

    Applications close 20 November 2023.

    Further Questions? Please contact us:  

    Bec Harcourt

    Program Manager Indigenous Business Education

    E: rebecca.harcourt@unsw.edu.au

    Alex Sanderson

    President UNSW First Nations Business Student Society

    Engagement and Outreach Project Administrator - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    E: a.sanderson@student.unsw.edu.au

    The National Indigenous Business Summer School (NIBSS) is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council.

    The Currency of Country, ink on paper, 2017 ©Shawana Andrews

    The people come together to trade and share. They are dressed in possum skin cloaks and have a basket of ochre, berries, yams and eggs to exchange. There is also an axe of stone and timber to be traded. The squares represent the shared knowledge built over generations of cultural memory. The people are connected with a songline and they look to the ancestors to learn and maintain culture.

  • Charlotte is a proud Kija woman from the East Kimberley's in WA currently in her third year studying a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Business School  

    "NIBSS completely changed my future aspirations. I first attended NIBSS in 2019 at the end of year 10 when it was last held at UNSW. Prior to NIBSS, studying interstate at university had never crossed my mind. NIBSS is the sole reason I moved from Perth to Sydney to specifically study a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW."

    "Bec Harcourt and her team were so welcoming and kind. They were so engaging from the get go and really made you feel at home. The courses we participated in were interactive and interesting, each of which would eventually help us in our final sprint challenge. The final sprint was my favorite because, it was what we had been working towards, and exciting seeing all the pieces of the course come together.  From that week I met 3 of my best friends that I am still in contact to this day. The networking was arguably the most beneficial part of the camp, because you got to meet so many other amazing Indigenous students and mentors who also still help me to this day. NIBSS genuinely changed everything I thought I was going to do in the future."

  • The Indigenous Preparatory Program is an intensive residential preparatory course for people who would like to apply for an undergraduate degree at UNSW. The program introduces participants to a range of business disciplines and develops the academic skills necessary to complete a Business degree. Participants can put their learning into practice through business case studies and company site visits. People who complete this program are eligible for an undergraduate scholarship.

  • UNSW Business School offers Indigenous Scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The UNSW Indigenous Undergraduate Business Scholarship is available for Indigenous high school leavers who complete the Indigenous Preparatory Program. The UNSW Indigenous Postgraduate Business Scholarship is available to Indigenous students who are undertaking an eligible postgraduate degree.


  • AGSM believes that many Indigenous practices can contribute to improving workplaces and is committed to seeing Indigenous Australians thrive in the community and business. Our adjunct leaders ensure Indigenous expertise integrates with AGSM programs.

    AGSM Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program

    The AGSM Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program is an annual program designed to take your management career to the next level. Develop strategic skills in leadership while deepening your cultural awareness and identity within the context of business leadership.

  • The Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program (ACDLP) is available to public sector employees and is delivered by AGSM. The program builds leadership abilities through a combination of workshops, interviews, personal reflection, and collaboration on a real-life policy challenge.

UNSW Indigenous business news

Kristal Kinsela, a woman of influence in life and business

September 30, 2019
Indigenous businesswoman and UNSW Sydney MBA student, Kristal Kinsela, named on the AFR top 100 Women of Influence list.

Shaun Wright carves out an inspirational path to success

September 25, 2019
From Central Australia to the busy streets of Sydney, Shaun Wright makes his mark in Indigenous entrepreneurship and business.

Applications are now open for NIBSS 2024. 

UNSW Business School is proud to again be hosting the National Indigenous Business Summer School (NIBSS) from 14 - 19 January 2024. This Cultural leadership immersive experience for Indigenous high school and TAFE students in years 9, 10, 11, and 12 thinking of entering the world of business, industry and/or entrepreneurship.

Applications close 20 November 2023.

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