15 Jul 2018: Indigenous Accountants Australia (IAA) was proud to support the team at UNSW and Nura Gili during the UNSW Indigenous Winter School Program.

The UNSW Indigenous Winter School Program is a week-long residential program in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 10, 11 and 12 get a chance to experience university life. This year it ran from 9 to 14 July.

IAA Relationship Manager Matt Lancaster joined the students on Day 3 of the program to visit the Commonwealth Bank office in Sydney where they received a warm welcome and a tour of the offices from Kyle Leong, Indigenous Career Acquisition Partner.

The following day Matt ran a session for the male students called, ‘Where it all Began’ in which Flight Lieutenant Daniel Joinbee of the Royal Australian Air Force and Blake Barratt, a student from UNSW Business School, shared their stories and spoke about leadership and values. Their message was to never devalue the power of empathy, love and human interaction.

The female students, meanwhile, visited the UNSW Kensington Campus to attend the National NAIDOC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Conference. The conference, which ran over two days, was the largest gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in over 30 years. It featured high profile speakers and workshops, and focused on the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make to communities, families, and the rich history of the nation.

The group also visited the impressive International Towers at Barangaroo where Ben Eisikovich CA gave them a personal tour. One of the world’s most sustainable commercial precincts, International Towers opened in 2016. Designed to be Australia’s most progressive workplace, it’s vision is to foster unique collaborations and enable a collective of game-changing, like-minded organisations and emerging enterprises.

This was an informative and inspiring program for the students involved and IAA appreciated the opportunity to participate.

The UNSW Winter School Program has been running since 2002 and has so far provided more than 1000 students with a taste of university life.