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Leanne Holt


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Master of Management

PhD (Education)

I am a Worimi and Biripai woman from the mid north coast of NSW, Director, Indigenous Strategy at Macquarie University, and Deputy Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (HENAC). 

My research interests relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, policy and governance. My PhD traced the development of Aboriginal education policy in Australia. through the voices of the National Aboriginal Education Committee (NAEC). My educational qualifications also include business management, with a Diploma in Human Resources and a Master of Management. 

In 2017 I led the development of a comprehensive government report on the implementation of a ‘Whole of University approach’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education as a part of a broader Accelerating Higher Education report for the Department of Education.

I have been in higher education for over 20 years, previously at the University of Newcastle as co-Director of the Wollotuka Institute where I led Wollotuka being the first in Australia to achieve international accreditation through the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC). I have previously taught in Indigenous studies, enabling through to postgraduate courses. I have previously and currently serve on a range of national expert advisory panels relating to Indigenous higher education policy.

I am currently supervising students undertaking HDR's in Indigenous education and law.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, University of Newcastle

Masters, Management

External positions

Deputy Chairperson, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium A/C

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Projects 2016 2017

Accelerating Indigenous Higher Education - Whole of University

Holt, L. & Larkin, S.


Project: Research

Research Output 2009 2018

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Conference paper
  • 1 Other contribution

Indigenous excellence

Holt, L. 25 Jul 2018 Campus Review, 28, 7, p. 20-21 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


Searching for the Songlines of Aboriginal education and culture within Australian higher education

Perry, L. & Holt, L. Jul 2018 In : The Australian Educational Researcher. 45, 3, p. 343-361 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

teaching research

Empowering Aboriginal aspirations in Australian university structures and systems

Holt, L. & Morgan, R. 2016 In : Higher Education Research and Development. 39, p. 96-105 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference paper


Embedding culture at the centre

Holt, L. & Gilbert, S. 2012 In : 台灣原住民族研究季刊 = Taiwan Journal of Indigenous Studies. 5, 4, p. 83-111 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cultural identity
education center

Australian families, cultures and environments: an annotated bibliography

Gegge, J., DeFrain, J., De Frain, N., Blyton, G. & Holt, L. 5 May 2009 23 p.University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access