Oorala What's On

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre hosts events during the year for students and the community including seminars, workshops, morning teas and celebrations.


Sun - Fri, 23 - 28 Feb:  We start the year with our Orientation Week for our 2020 commencing students.
This includes CommUNE, Oorala Welcome Breakfast,  TRACKS Pre-orientation program, Commencements Ceremony, Lifesaver Day, Academic Skills workshop and so much more

Wed 11 Feb: Student BBQ at Oorala.


Naidoc Week 2020

Sunday 5 July to Sunday 12 July

Always Was, Always Will Be.

The NAIDOC 2020 theme - Always Was, Always Will Be. - recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

NAIDOC Week 2020 will be held from Sunday 5 July to Sunday 12 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges this nation’s story began at the dawn of time and didn’t begin with documented European contact.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace and acknowledge the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples and we have maintained ongoing spiritual and cultural connections to the land and sea.

All Australians should celebrate has that we have the world’s oldest oral stories and that our First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremonies, invented unique technologies and built and engineered structures that predate well-known ancient sites such as the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, our first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, astronomers and artists.

It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the 65,000+ year history of this country – a country that was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.

Oorala and UNE will host an opening ceremony and an Elders event.


Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture

Frank ArchibaldThe Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture is an annual event held in honour of Mr Frank Archibald, a revered Aboriginal community member of the Armidale area. Frank Archibald was renowned for his knowledge and interest in all issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly education.

The Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture has been held as part of the University of New England’s Lecture Series since 1986 and is dedicated to Frank Archibald, his family and Aboriginal people of the New England region. The Lecture is presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers who are leading professionals in fields such as education, law, social justice, government and the arts.

There have been over 30 lectures to date, the material from many of these can be found on this Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture Series page.


Stories in the Media

12 December 2019 - A passion for learning at the heart of first-in-family’s success: Kamilaroi man James Dries took the plunge and enrolled in his first degree, a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, at the University of New England. “.. once I learned how study and university processes worked, I realised I had a knack for learning. I graduated with a distinction.”

A Passion for Learning

May sees an influx of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students visit UNE: Together UNE, Oorala and AIME support our kids to be proud of who they are and to explore every opportunity presented to them such as these unique UNE Indigenous learning experiences. (20 May 2019)


Join our community

Oorala holds a number of community engagement events throughout the year. If you, or your organisation, would like to be included on our invitation lists for upcoming events please contact us.