What is the National Indigenous Business Summer School?

NIBSS is an exciting week-long program developed for Indigenous high school students entering Years 11 and 12 who are thinking about studying business, starting their own business, becoming an entrepreneur or are simply curious about university study. The program has been designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to experience what daily life as a university student is like, to learn about the various pathways into business studies, and to see business in action by working as a team on a real-world business case! All students are supported throughout the week by our Indigenous mentors.

NIBSS is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council, and is being hosted in 2023 by the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and co-hosted by Monash University, RMIT and Swinburne University. 

Where and when will NIBSS be held?  

It will be held between 15 – 20 January 2023. All participants are sponsored to travel to Melbourne and stay on campus at the University of Melbourne’s Ormond College.  

What does NIBSS involve? 

A full program of activities are organised across campuses at The University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT and Swinburne University.  

Our 2023 program is still being finalised (watch this space) but previous NIBSS activities have included:  

  • guest speakers: Evonne Goolagong, Culture is Life, Korin Gamagji Institute; 
  • case study presentations with Aboriginal Carbon Foundation executives and AFLW case competition; 
  • networking opportunities with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, Murrup Barak and mentors; 
  • social programs includes Australian Open Tennis, Amazing Race competition, basketball, cricket and yarning circles. 

Who can apply?

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

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • will be commencing Year 11 or 12 in January 2023;
  • are currently undertaking a maths subject, and
  • display a genuine interest in studying at university.

Applications close: 

Sunday 27 November 2022

Questions? Please contact us:  

Dale Wandin
NIBSS Coordinator 
The University of Melbourne
(03) 8344 3941

Our Partners

The University of Melbourne Australian Business Deans Council Monash Business School RMIT University Swinburne University