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Koorie Unit

Our Koorie Unit comprises a Koorie Liaison Officer (KLO) and Koorie Student Support Officer (KSSO). Students studying at Box Hill Institute who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander can make an appointment with our Koorie Unit who can assist with such things as enrolment, ABSTUDY, tutoring, and employment, to mention a few. The Koorie Unit also provides cultural advice and assistance throughout the Institute through activities, class discussions, community information and cultural awareness. Our Koorie staff can link you in with our other Student Life services such as disability and counselling

How do I contact the Koorie Unit

The Koorie Unit is available to meet across all campuses and can be contacted via phone, SMS or email:

To speed things up, bring a completed Student Life Intake Form to your first contact with us.

What is a KLO and KSSO?

All our Koorie Unit staff are Indigenous persons who are committed to providing assistance to all Indigenous students in various areas throughout their studies at BHI. This support is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual student and can include course information, learning plans, engagement support and much more! The Koori Unit is also responsible for assistance throughout the Institute through cultural advice, cultural awareness and community engagement.

A key part of the role of the KLO is to establish effective and positive working relationships between BHI and Koori students, local communities, service providers, and industry and business partners. The KLO also facilitates events, programs and projects designed to raise awareness and respect for Indigenous people and culture within the BHI community.

The KSSO provides a range of support to ensure the success of BHI Indigenous students to commence, continue and complete their studies. This can involve working closely teachers and other team members to achieve positive outcomes for Indigenous students. The KSSO’s roles also includes connecting BHI to community to address the training and employment needs of our Indigenous students.

How can I meet other Indigenous students?

The Koorie Unit will email and invite all Indigenous students to Indigenous group sessions, activities and events where you can network with other Indigenous students at BHI. 

How can the Koorie Unit help me?

The Koorie Unit can provide a range of support and assistance to all Indigenous students in a culturally safe space and link students with other appropriate services such as: 

  • Enrolment assistance
  • Centrelink and ABSTUDY information
  • Academic Support
  • Disability
  • Counselling 
  • Accommodation

Meet the team


Haryne Uta

Senior Koorie Liaison Officer

  • Elgar campus
More about 

Haryne Uta

Haryne is a Guda Malulgal man residing on Wurundjeri country. He is a teacher by profession with a passion for changing the trajectory for Indigenous people in the education space. He has extensive experience with supporting Indigenous students in all levels of education including Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. He is driven by the power of education and the opportunities it provides for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.

Last modified: Friday, 10 March 2023, 3:03 PM