Tennis legend, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, shared challenges and learnings with students at the 2020 NIBSS.

What is the Indigenous Summer School?

The National Indigenous Business Summer School is an exciting program developed for Indigenous high school students entering Years 11 and 12 who are thinking about studying in the world of business, becoming an entrepreneur, owning a business or just curious about studying at the University.

The program is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council. This year it was hosted by the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and co-hosted by RMIT and Swinburne University.

The purpose of the program is to provide a fully immersive experience for students thinking of entering the world of business or becoming an entrepreneur.

Students are given the opportunity to experience what daily life is like as a university student, see business in action and learn about the available pathways into business studies.

They have hands-on support from other young Indigenous mentors.

Who could apply?

The Summer School is open to Indigenous high school students who:

  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  • are commencing Year 11 or 12 in January of the NIBSS year;
  • are currently undertaking a Maths subject; and
  • display a genuine interest in studying at University.

Participants provide proof of Aboriginality upon applying and have a recommendation letter from a current teacher.


The 2020 Summer School in Melbourne, Victoria ran from 19 January to 24 January 2020. Students stayed at the Trinity College residential school at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus.


Raymond Tilmouth first came to Melbourne as part of the National Indigenous Business Summer School.

Two years later, he’s studying in the Bachelor of Commerce and thinking of all the places his studies might take him in the future.

Read his full story here.


So how did these students feel after a week of immersion in a university business school experience?

What did it involve?

The 2020 program included:

  • Experiencing college living on campus at Trinity College, on the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus
  • Visiting co-host universities, RMIT and Swinburne University
  • A cultural visit to the Koorin Gamadji Institute at Richmond Football Club
  • Meeting tennis champion, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, and going to the Australian Open
  • Industry site visits to company headquarters across Melbourne to hear and meet other Indigenous professionals and entrepreneurs working in the industry
  • Meeting and interacting with Indigenous entrepreneurs, business leaders, owners and professionals working in the industry, and also hearing from Alumni and current Indigenous Business and Economics students
  • Taking part in a Business Case competition that challenged students to use their skills and resources to solve a real-life business problem, providing them with hands-on experience as a business professional. Students worked with Indigenous mentors and business leaders to test their case-solving skills and receive mentoring from Indigenous business owners and entrepreneurs.

What was the cost?

For all successful applicants there is no cost involved to attend NIBSS. All accommodation, travel expenses (to and from Melbourne) as well as meals are covered.

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