The Currency of Country, ink on paper, 2017 ©Shawana Andrews

The people come together to trade and share.  They are dressed in possum skin cloaks and have a basket of ochre, berries, yams and eggs to exchange.  There is also an axe of stone and timber to be traded.  The squares represent the shared knowledge built over generations of cultural memory.  The people are connected with a songline and they look to the ancestors to learn and maintain culture.

What is the National Indigenous Business Summer School?

The National Indigenous Business Summer School is an exciting new program for Years 11 and 12 Indigenous high school students. The program is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council, hosted by the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.

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 will have the opportunity to see business in action and learn about the available pathways into business studies.

Who can attend?

The Summer School is open to all Indigenous students who will be  commencing Year 11 or 12 in 2018 and undertaking a Maths subject. (Year 10 students may be considered on merit).

What will the Summer School involve?

The program will include:

  • Living on campus at the University of Melbourne
  • Industry site visits to companies across Melbourne to experience business in action
  • Meeting and interacting with Indigenous people working in the industry, Indigenous entrepreneurs, business owners and current business students
  • Taking part in a business boot camp where students will be given an opportunity to use what they learn during the week to test business case-solving skills, receive mentoring from Indigenous business owners and entrepreneurs, and get hands-on experience as a business professional

When is it?

The Summer School will run from 13–20 January 2018.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to attend the National Indigenous Business Summer School. All expenses are covered including travel to and from Melbourne, meals and accommodation.

If you have question regarding the Summer School, please contact the team at fbe-nibss.unimelb.edu.au


The University of Melbourne  Australian Business Deans Council