Giving back does not always mean giving back to your own community. There are many ways to give back. UNSW recognises that each of us are members of multiple communities.

Scholars such as Amartya Sen and Kuku Yalanji lawyer Noel Pearson have written about the complexity of layered identities.

Pearson has promoted a concept of “orbiting”, whereby young people leave Country to study, work and “orbit” back to community when one is able to contribute and give back. However we choose to frame this, giving back is an integral part of the strategy. 

UNSW's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff should strive to meet their obligation to give back, whether it be to our own local communities, the broader Indigenous community in Australia, or to the Indigenous community here on campus.

Uluru Youth Summit 2019

We know from consulting the wider UNSW community that non-indigenous people want to “give back” also. One of the most effective ways non-indigenous people can do this is to learn the history of Aboriginal ownership and occupation of the country. This strategy will work towards providing opportunities to give back, in a respectful way aligned with the principles of self-determination.


The Uluru Statement from the Heart, issued to the Australian public in 2017, calls for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament, and for Makarrata – a coming together after a struggle – through a process of treaty-making and truth-telling.