Empowering Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander economists

Our Vision

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economists influence countless sectors including government, finance, business, health, natural resources, education, the community sector, and more. However, Indigenous students of economics are underrepresented compared to their non-Indigenous classmates.

Empowering our Indigenous economists to follow their academic passions can assist them to develop solutions within their own communities. Join UQ’s School of Economics, where we will nurture the skills and passion of the next generation to embark on economics undergraduate, postgraduate and/or PhD programs. It is only with the voices and expertise of Indigenous peoples that communities can be transformed. 

The School is working to build partnerships across public, private and community sector organisations as well as professional organisations and secondary schools to raise awareness and interest in what economics can offer, and to facilitate pathways for Indigenous students to study economics at all levels.

It’s with the support of donors, alumni and industry in this endeavour that we look forward to seeing the Australian and our student community accurately reflecting the voices of our nation.

Profile photo of Professor Bronwyn Fredericks standing in the UQ Law library

At UQ, we pride ourselves on creating change and we hope this support will cultivate interest in a traditionally underrepresented field.

As one of the leading economics schools in the country, UQ has the opportunity to support the next generation of Indigenous economists, creating real change for Indigenous peoples, both locally and across the globe.

 - Professor Bronwyn Fredericks Pro-Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement

Get involved


Your donation can go towards needs-based scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Contact Associate Vice President of Advancement if you would like to make a difference.


We work with private, public and community sector organisations to make a positive impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students such as offering internships and placements. Connect with us to get involved.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how, together, we can improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation across economics, contact us.


Indigenous students studying economics at The University of Queensland are supported through a range of scholarships. Your donations mean we can expand this assistance to more students and empower our First Peoples to represent themselves in economics.

To contribute to our scholarships, please contact the Associate Vice President of Advancement, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

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Building partnerships with organisations and communities is important to identify ways we can make a positive impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We would like to work together to:

  • Engage on how economics can be useful and relevant to all organisations
  • Identify pathways into university studies for Indigenous students
  • Identify opportunities for internships, placements and other avenues into successful careers.

We are especially keen to work with Indigenous organisations, communities and knowledge holders, particularly to:

  • Ensure that what we do achieves the greatest benefit for Indigenous students
  • Advise us as we engage in a process of Indigenisation of our curriculum over the coming years.

Please contact the School of Economics for more information.

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Hear from our students

Tiana Stuart in graduation gown in the UQ Great Court
Tiana Stuart

"It’s crucial that Indigenous voices are heard, especially since economists play a vital role in informing policy."

Read how Tiana is giving back to her community thanks to her economics studies at UQ.

Jackson Daylight standing by sandstone columns in the UQ Great Court
Jackson Daylight

"I want to go into an area of Indigenous economics, and work with Aboriginal communities to support the development of those areas."

Read how Jackson wants to help reduce inequities across diverse communities.