We acknowledge that Country for Aboriginal peoples is an interconnected set of ancient and sophisticated relationships.

The University of Wollongong spreads across many interrelated Aboriginal Countries that are bound by this sacred landscape, and intimate relationship with that landscape since creation.

From Sydney to the Southern Highlands, to the South Coast.
From fresh water to bitter water to salt.
From City to Urban to Rural.

The University of Wollongong Acknowledges the Custodianship of the Aboriginal peoples of this place and space that has kept alive the relationships between all living things.

The University Acknowledges the devastating impact of colonisation on our campuses’ footprint and commit ourselves to truth-telling, healing and education.

Flame Tree artwork by Samantha Hill, Dharawal/Wandandian woman.


The Welcome Here Project was previously known as The Safe Place Project. It started in 1998 in response to high levels of street based violence directed at Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) people. Local businesses signed up to become a “Safe Place” by putting a sticker in their shop front to let LGBTIQ community members know they could seek refuge if they were under the threat of violence.

UOW Pulse a proud to provide a number ‘”Safe Places” on Wollongong Main Campus.  You can visit:

  • Pulse Student Engagement – Building 11 (L1A)
  • UniBar
  • UniActive
  • Village Grocer
  • UniShop
  • Kids’ Uni
  • Wellness Space – Building 11 (L2)



UOW recognise and celebrate the rich intersectional diversity of our employees and students at the University of Wollongong, including our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and otherwise sexuality and/or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+) staff. The more diverse perspectives, identities, and experience of our staff and students, the better our working environment, research, and educational experience of our students.

Allies at UOW are specifically trained to help support and advocate for our gender, sex and sexuality diverse community. Find out more about the UOW Pride Network here.