The Centre for Aboriginal Studies is a self determining, self-managed academic school situated at Curtin University in Bentley, just fifteen minutes out of the Perth Central Business District. The Centre was officially established in 1983, although programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been operating at Curtin University since the mid 1970s.
The Centre for Aboriginal Studies building opened in 1994 and is beautifully designed to reflect the relationships between Indigenous people and the land. As Western Australia's first purpose-built Aboriginal Studies facility, it provides a base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in programs both at the Centre and in general courses at the University.
Aboriginal control & leadership
The Centre has a policy of Aboriginal control and leadership and ensures that the philosphies of self-determination and self-management are actively practised. This policy is based on a firm foundation of Aboriginal community involvement: a two-way circulation of ideas, influences and practices that ensures culturally appropriate education.