Our Story


Our Beginnings

In July 2017, our founder and inaugural President, Ethan Taylor, convened the National Indigenous Students’ Conference (NISC) in Canberra, ACT. The outcome of this Conference was the establishment of UATSIS. Ethan saw a lack of activity in student representation at the national level for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students and knew that our students deserved better. Ethan left the Conference with the authority of the Indigenous students present to build UATSIS up as the peak representative body for all undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


We have grown

In the short 12 months we have been operational, UATSIS has gone from strength to strength. We have become recognised as a well-respected representative student organisation in the country. We have gained membership of several student associations and guilds around the country and have made connections with local and national student organisations, trade unions, education bodies and members of parliament.


We’ve made changes

At our second annual NISC this past July, we made some serious changes to our Constitution and Regulations. One of the most significant changes was reforming the makeup of our National Executive. You can read about all of the positions and the 2018-19 officeholders here.