Indigenous students do not choose agriculture at University

Jim Pratley1, 2

 1School of Agriculture and Wine Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW 2678

 2Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture      


The Indigenous peoples of Australia pride themselves on their ‘connection with country’ as it comprises animals, plants and soils. Yet enrolments in agriculture courses at universities nationally show very few are from Indigenous students. This raises the question as to whether university agricultural education is appropriate for this cohort of students or whether there are other issues that are creating barriers to Indigenous entry into academia. This paper looks at the data to understand the status quo and whether there might be steps that can be taken to encourage better representation from Indigenous students.


The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

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David Marland Photography Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University

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