Indigenous Nationals

26-30 June


In 2022, the competition 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 via the link below. Registration fees include four sports, lunch each day and access to cultural activities.


Early bird:

Register between: TBC

Late registration:

Register between: TBC

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

$50 per person (includes lunch each day). 


Inclusive of GST - PayPal fee not included.

Registration closed

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 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


Caley Manzie

2021 scholarship winner

bp Australia once again offering two $5000 scholarships to Indigenous students in 2021



For the third consecutive year bp Australia will be awarding two $5,000 scholarships to the most promising Indigenous student athletes 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 2021 bp will present the 25th Indigenous Nationals, hosted by The Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle.


Kyiah O'Donohue
2021 scholarship winner


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. 


 16 June 2021

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. 

Monday 21 June, from 8pm:

'Thrift Shop Chic' Sydney Junction Hotel, Hamilton

Tuesday 22 June, from 8pm:

'Heroes and Villians' Crown and Anchor Hotel, Newcastle

Wednesday 23 June:

No social program

Thursday 24 June, from 8pm: 

'Red Carpet Attire' Crown and Anchor Hotel, Newcastle

2021 event schedule








From 1pm Accreditation Collection

4.30pm Opening Ceremony

The Great Hall, The University of Newcastle
9am-4.30pm Netball
Charlestown Netball Association

8pm Social event - Thrift Shop Chic
Sydney Junction Hotel - Hamilton
9am-4.30pm Touch Football
Ray Watt Oval, The Forum NU Sport

8pm Social event - Heroes and Villains
Crown and Anchor Hotel - Newcastle
8am-4.30pm Volleyball
Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium 


8am-4.30pm Basketball
Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium

6.30pm Closing ceremony
Crown and Anchor Hotel - Newcastle

8pm Social event - Red Carpet Attire
Crown and Anchor Hotel - Newcastle

*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.