Until recent years, with few exceptions relations between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community have been poor. We are now in a process of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians that all members of the University should take very seriously. It is not acceptable for indigenous Australians to be subjected to deliberate acts of racism or to unintended offence through the use of inappropriate language. In addition to the guidelines listed above, the following specific examples should be kept in mind.

The words "Aborigine" and "Aboriginal" are spelt with a capital "A", not a small "a". The former is a noun and the latter is an adjective (e.g. Aboriginal people). The word "aborigine" is a generic term which refers to indigenous people from anywhere in the world. Often the terms Aborigine/Aboriginal are used to include Australia's other indigenous people, the Torres Strait Island people, whose language and culture differ considerably from those indigenous Australians on the mainland. While this practice may be convenient, it is generally unacceptable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Some indigenous people of Australia also object to being labelled "Aborigines", as this was a term imposed on them by the first British colonisers.

When referring to the two cultural groups together, both should be referred to individually (e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people). When using the term Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people to describe indigenous Australians, terms such as "ATSI people" should be avoided, as the implication is of a distinct "ATSI" cultural identity.

Some indigenous people prefer to be know by their specific regional names, for example:

Murrie- is used widely to refer to the indigenous people of Queensland;

Koori(e)- is used widely to refer to the indigenous people of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania;

Nyunga- is used widely to refer to the indigenous people of Western Australia.