Indigenous Nationals

20-24 June


Due to COVID-19, Indigenous Nationals has been cancelled in 2020 and will be hosted by the Wollotuka Institute at The University of Newcastle in 2021.


In 2021, the competition will be held from 20-24 June, and will be contested in a mixed competition across four sports: touch football, basketball, netball, and volleyball. 

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

Step 2:  TBC

Cost: TBC*

Late registrations incur a $20 late fee per competitor before TBC.

*Inclusive of 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 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 25th Indigenous Nationals organising committee respectfully acknowledges the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal 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


Tyrone Mohamed

2020 bp scholarship winners


We are delighted to announce that the winners of the bp Australia scholarships for the most promising Indigenous student athletes are:


Stacey Markham, Wiradjuri woman studying Midwifery at ACU.


Tyrone Mohamed, Gooreng Gooreng man studying Social Science (Psychology) at RMIT.

Selected by a panel including The Wollotuka Institute, UniSport and bp, these $5,000 scholarships will help support academic and athletic endeavours. Stacey and Tyrone will also be offered mentoring and professional development opportunities from bp Australia. 


As a sign of the times, the scholarships were awarded via zoom where Stacey and Tyrone chatted with Frederic Baudry, President of bp Australia and Sonia Harvey, Aboriginal Participation Advisor bp.  To see the interview click here.

Stacey Markham


Key information


Prepare yourself before you hit Newcastle 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. 2021 handbook coming soon.

Version: 21 June 2019

Draws and results


Click here for the 2019 draws and results. 

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.

Rest assured! Should a university need to cancel their booking between the time of booking and 31 days prior to the event as a result of UniSport Australia cancelling a scheduled event due to COVID-19, then all monies paid inclusive of any deposit will be refunded in full. 

Social 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. 

2021 event schedule


Opening Ceremony
Details coming soon. 


Newcastle Number 1 Sports Grounds


Touch Football
Wallsend Touch Football Association 


Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium 


Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium
Closing ceremony
Details coming soon. 

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

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.