Founded in 1986, the Oorala Aboriginal Centre has a 30-year history of offering facilities, programs and services of a nationally recognised standard to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have chosen to study at UNE.
The name "Oorala", from a local Aboriginal word meaning "a camp" or "a place where people come together", was chosen by Aboriginal students enrolled at UNE when the Centre opened. It reflects the historical significance of the site and its connection with the local Aboriginal community, and also highlights the Centre's significance as a place that draws together Aboriginal students from all regions of Australia.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are welcome at Oorala and can access the student resource area, a study facility where there are computers, internet, printers, lounge and kitchen. This area is also available for students to meet with their tutors, other students, or to take time out to relax.