About NIBSSWA Katitjiny Boya Birrit

The NIBSSWA Katitjiny Boya Birrit program, meaning ‘pathway to understanding business’ interpreted in Noongar, is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students with an interest in business or commerce.

The National Indigenous Business Summer School WA (NIBSSWA) is an engaging, fun, educational week-long residential program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 11 and Year 12 students from across WA. The program offers unique insight into university life and future careers in business.

In January 2023, the program will be hosted by Edith Cowan University at the Mount Lawley Campus.

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“The emu is on the coat of arms, an Australian icon and unable to walk backwards and can only move forward. The two feathers are used to symbolise two worlds (as well as the white/black colours) coming together Indigenous and non-Indigenous to create the pathway to understanding business.”

– Kamsani Bin-Salleh, artist of the Katitjiny Boya Birrit logo

Details and downloads

Applications close: Friday 4 November 2022

Program dates: Sunday 15 January 2023 – Friday 20 January 2023

Location: Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University

Program cost: Free, inclusive of travel, accommodation, meals

Contact: If you have any questions about the program or applying, please contact Shaun Wright (Student Success Officer, Kurongkurl Katitjin, ECU) at s.wright@ecu.edu.au or call (08) 6304 2464

NIBSSWA student highlights

What’s in it for students?

At NIBSSWA 2023, students will:

  • Engage in a fun and creative business learning program with university staff and industry professionals
  • Experience life as a university student and be inspired by current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student mentors
  • Interact with and learn from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Be inspired to further their education at university and consider a business career
  • Meet new friends and like-minded people!

What can students expect?

Students will experience on-campus university study and hear stories and guidance from cultural leaders, successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs and current university students. NIBSSWA provides a unique opportunity for young people to participate in educational, cultural, and social activities, opening pathways for future study and work.

The Program helps students see how their study choices can have a positive impact on their future and the opportunities available through higher education.

Supported all the way through

NIBSSWA students are supported and supervised throughout the program by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors currently studying at university. Students will learn from university academics, engage with and be mentored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs, and participate in a range of fun social and cultural activities throughout the week. In a supported and safe environment, students will learn the fundamentals of business and experience life as a university student.

I am a student, how do I apply?

Please visit the NIBSSWA page on the ECU website for all the details you need to apply.

I am from industry, how do I sponsor?

We cannot deliver this program without the valuable contributions of sponsors. All participants’ program costs, including travel, meals and accommodation are covered through sponsorship.

Would you like to support the NIBSSWA program and inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to further their education at university and consider a career in business?

Please download our Sponsor flyer and contact Associate Professor Marie Ryan for more information.

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