Indigenous Nationals

26-30 June


In 2022, Indigenous Nationals presented by bp will be held from 26-30 June, and will be contested in a mixed competition across four sports: touch football, basketball, netball, and volleyball. 

Current champions
2022 host
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Step 1: Contact your University Team Manager (UTM) to obtain your team code.

Step 2: Register online by clicking the link below. 


Early bird registration: $155 closes 11.59pm Friday  10 June

Late registration: $175, closes 3pm Friday 24 June


Non-competing officials (coaches, managers, media etc.)

$50,  closes 3pm Friday 24 June

​​*Inclusive of GST and service fees - PayPal fee not included.


About the event


National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies, The University of Newcastle.


Now referred to as Indigenous Nationals, the event is a week-long multisport competition for indigenous student-athletes. The annual event aims to bring together student-athletes from universities across Australia to compete in a variety of sports and ultimately crown one university team the champion of the games. Indigenous Nationals is an amazing environment to not only celebrate the rich sporting culture of indigenous Australia but to also acknowledge the heritage and history of the participating student-athletes. 

The 26th Indigenous Nationals organising committee respectfully acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara People, the traditional owners of the land of which the event will take place. 

Eligibility to participate


Indigenous Nationals is open to both staff and currently enrolled students of UniSport Australia (UniSport) member universities.

In maintaining the integrity of the Indigenous Nationals as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event and in keeping with the rules of engagement, confirmation of Aboriginality is required by each player participating in the competition. 

Indigenous Nationals - Eligibility of competitors guideline


Caley Manzie

2021 scholarship winner

bp Australia Scholarship Program



For the fourth consecutive year bp Australia will be awarding two $5,000 scholarships to two most promising Indigenous student-athletes (two awards, each of $5,000) to support both their academic and athletic endeavours.


Scholarship recipients will also be offered mentoring and professional development opportunities from bp.


This is part of bp’s ongoing partnership with UniSport Australia. In 2022, bp will present the 26th edition of Indigenous Nationals, hosted by Queensland University of Technology from 26-30 June.

Applications closed

Kyiah O'Donohue
2021 scholarship winner


Key information


Prepare yourself before you hit Brisbane and make sure you know everything there is to know about Indigenous Nationals this year. 

Event handbook


Find out everything you need to know by downloading your handbook now. 


 21 June 2022

Travel and accommodation


Stay Oz can help universities source accommodation to suit a large range of requirements.

Feel free to contact or alternatively give us a call on 0413 183 383.

Cultural program

UniSport supports the responsible consumption of alcohol and all components of the event are conducted in accordance with the UniSport guideline for use of alcohol. 

2022 event schedule


Accreditation Collection
10 AM - 4:30 PM

Opening Ceremony
QUT Gardens Point Campus
'The Cube' building
2 George Street, Brisbane City

4:45 PM - 7:00 PM


Rowland Cowan Stadium
56 Zahl Street, Carina
8 AM - 6:45 PM


Touch Football
JF O'Grady Memorial Park
105 Brougham Street, Fairfield

9 AM - 4:45 PM


Nissan Arena
590 Mains Road, Mount Gravatt

8 AM - 4:30 PM

Cultural Night
QUT Gardens Point Campus
2 George Street, Brisbane City

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Nissan Arena
590 Mains Road, Mount Gravatt
8 AM - 4:00 PM

Digital Engagement Workshop
9 AM - 3 PM

Closing ceremony
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

*Competition schedule is subject to change without notice. Please check back regularly for updates. 

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Competition guidelines and rules


UniSport Australia (UniSport) competitions are conducted under the official playing regulations of the relevant international or national sporting organisation.


Where required, UniSport guidelines will indicate any rule/regulation amendments specific to our competitions.