Dr Michael Tawa
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment, University
Educational Access and Equity for Indigenous Students:
The Built Environment Preparation Program, UNSW
Raising the participation and success rate of Indigenous people
in tertiary study is a key strategy for increasing access and
equity in higher education - as well as broader objectives of
reconciliation. The 1988 Aboriginal Education Policy Task Force
Guidelines states that a greater range of vocational options
must be offered to indigenous students to improve access and
equity in higher education.
As a practical response to this need, the Faculty of the Built
Environment, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Educational
Program UNSW, is establishing a Built Environment Preparation
Program for Indigenous Students - the first of its kind in Australia.
The Program is intended to prepare Indigenous students for successful
study in various built environment disciplines, and ultimately
to be articulated across a number of participating institutions
across a national network.
This paper will give an overview of the Program, and its educational
objectives, in terms of the conference themes of reconciliation,
access and equity, and institutional diversity.
Dr Michael Tawa is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Built
Environment, UNSW. He is working on several collaborative research
and design projects with the Ngaanyatjarra communities of Western
Australia, and developing a Built Environment Professional Program
to increase access to built environment education for Indigenous
30 min Paper