Indigenous Centre of Excellence Project


About the Project

Western Sydney University will develop an Indigenous Centre of Excellence at its Parramatta South Campus. The Centre will provide a focal point for all members of the community in Western Sydney and beyond, catalysing the region’s deep connection to Indigenous people. Providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to celebrate culture and connection to Country will be a central objective, with the Centre serving as an intersection for knowledge exchange, steeped in the principles of reciprocity, generosity, and respect.

Project Scope

The Indigenous Centre of Excellence will include: 

  • Arrival and Community space
  • Social enterprise café
  • Art gallery and studios
  • Events and meeting spaces
  • Performance theatre
  • Cinema
  • Badanami – Centre of Indigenous Education
  • Indigenous Research Institute
  • Indigenous library
  • Media and language labs
  • Indigenous discovery spaces
  • Large outdoor spaces with indigenous garden
  • Amphitheatre
  • Outdoor Multi purpose sports court.
  • Underground parking.

Fast Facts


NSW Government Funding: $78,493,204.00

Co-Contribution: $500,000.00

TOTAL PROJECT VALUE: $78,993,204.00

Aboriginal Lands:


Project Updates

Progress Summary
  • Following a nationwide design competition, the winning team for the Indigenous Centre of Excellence was announced. Sarah Lynn Rees, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Uncle Dean Kelly, Hills Thalis, and Flux consultants, was selected from a shortlist of four competing teams. 
Next Steps
  • Construction Commencement - 2025
  • Completion and Opening - 2026

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Indigenous Centre of Excellence - Design Unveiling Video

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