Jim Pratley1, 2
1School of Agriculture and Wine Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW 2678 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.