What is the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre?

Kulbardi, since 1988, has been the bridge between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Murdoch University.

Kulbardi, in Noongar, means magpie. This name was given to the centre by respected Noongar elder Ralph Winmar. The Kulbardi is an important symbol of healing and care in Noongar cosmology that reflects the Centre's efforts to give our students their 'wings to fly'.

We are a vibrant, scholarly community that fosters academic success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are perhaps starting their university journey, currently studying a degree or continuing their studies at a higher level.

The centre will continue to be a place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to come together and learn, continuing a tradition that spans over thousands of years that respects the past, lives in the present and looks forward to the future.

The Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre is located on the grounds of Murdoch University’s main Murdoch campus. Our centre is located off Kulbardi Biddi and can be accessed by Discovery Way.

Kulbardi provides:

  • An educational pathway via the K-Track enabling program into undergraduate studies
  • Academic support across various levels of study
  • Important links to further career development
  • One-on-one tutorial support for Indigenous students (under the ITAS scheme)
  • 24/7 access to the centre for students with essential facilities such as printing and internet access
  • Social, cultural and emotional support networks