Welcome to the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE)

FIRE focuses on facilitating and fostering research with and for Indigenous communities both nationally and internationally.

This involves connecting with and relating meaningfully to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, as well as Indigenous peoples and communities around the world to bring about positive change.

We would like to acknowledge that the research activities of the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence takes place on the ancestral lands of the Dharawal peoples and to pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and future.

We would also like to acknowledge the Yuin, the Gandangara and the Eora peoples as the traditional custodians of the land on which the South Coast, Southern Highlands and Sydney Campuses and Education Centres are located.


Bereewagal, naa niya
People who come from afar, I see
Yura ngura dyi ngurang gurugal
All of you. Aboriginal people camped here at this place, long ago

Ngoon dyalgala niya
We embrace all of you
Ngoon babaraadbanga
We open the door to all of you

Ngoon – mari ngurang – niya
We lend this place to all of you
Mudang yura ngurra
To live while we sleep

Dyi nga ni nura
Here I see my country


Ref: Bursill, L., Jacobs, M., Lenis, D., Timbery-Beller, B. and Ryan, M., Dharawal: The story of the Dharawal speaking people of Southern Sydney.