ATSIS Unit holiday closure and 2018.

21 December 2018

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit will be closed from midday on Friday 21st December and re-opens Tuesday 2nd of January 2019.

2018 was a very busy year for the ATSIS Unit and The University of Queensland.
This year’s highlights include The University of Queensland launching its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at the St Lucia campus.

The UQ RAP is a valuable document that acknowledges the University’s commitment to the building of respectful relationships and opportunities between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Bronwyn Fredericks said the RAP demonstrated commitment and practical actions designed to build and enhance current and emerging relationships within the University – and externally with communities, organisations and industry partners.

Live streaming capabilities joined the Gatton and Herston campuses where staff and students watched the launch.


During National Reconciliation Week, the ATSIS Unit held a flag raising ceremony to recognised the Anniversary of the Torres Strait Islander flag, first flown in the Torres Straits.

In June, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participated in the Indigenous University Games in Sydney. It was the first time The University of Queensland finished in the top ten. The students played touch football, netball, volleyball and basketball over the week. In 2019, the Indigenous Nationals will be hosted by The University of Western Australia, in Perth.

In August, the University held for the first time a NAIDOC Music, Culture and Arts festival. The headline act was Aboriginal Rapper, Baker Boy.
Radio 4AAA Murri Country personalities Dr. Chelsea Bond and Angelina Hurley hosted the concert which was aligned with the NAIDOC theme, “Because of Her, We Can”.

Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit Mr. Shane Drahm said 2018 was a very successful year for the Unit and UQ.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ATSIS Unit staff for their efforts this year, especially the work done for the RAP launch,” said Mr Drahm.