Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School

In light of the COVID-19 situation the University and its partners are adopting a series of changes to reduce rates of infection in the community and this includes the postponement or cancellation of all events.

Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our community and in light of this it has been agreed by VIEWS partners, the University of Melbourne, RMIT, Monash and Swinburne universities, that the VIEWS 2020 program will be postponed to July 2021.

The VIEWS Steering Committee will continue to follow expert government and health advice and will continue to make decisions about its activities in consultation with our partners, communities and schools which are in the best interests of the health, safety and wellbeing of the Indigenous communities, schools, students and families in which we engage and work with.

Work will continue for VIEWS 2021 and we will maintain momentum to develop and deliver another program for our student cohort in 2021. We are looking forward to hosting the program again in July 2021.

Do you like to solve problems and stretch your mind?
Do you like to work with your hands and dismantle and fix things?
Are you interested in making the world a better place and solving issues like disease, hunger, renewable energy and climate change?
Then engineering may be the path for you.

What is the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School?

The Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School (VIEWS) is an exciting program for Year 10, 11 and 12 Indigenous students that will expand your perspective on engineering. Over six days you will get an insight into what it’s like to study and work in engineering — and it may not be what you think.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the different pathways available to become an engineer and hear first-hand the inspirational stories of Indigenous engineers and engineering students. By the end of the week you will have an appreciation of what an engineer does and how they can impact society and improve the lives of people across the globe.

VIEWS 2019 program highlights.
A student receives her participation certificate.

Who can attend?

VIEWS is open to all Year 10, 11 and 12 Indigenous students who are enrolled in Maths or Science subjects. 

This program may be just what you’re looking for if you:

  • Enjoy problem solving and finding practical ways to overcome challenges
  • Like taking things apart to find out how they work
  • Are interested in the latest technologies
  • Want to use your skills to help shape the future

What will the Winter School involve?

The program will include:

  • Living on campus at the University of Melbourne
  • Industry site visits to companies across Melbourne to experience engineering in action
  • A day spent at exploring the campuses and engineering study options at four top universities: The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University and Monash University
  • Taking part in hands-on workshops that will expand your mind and develop the problem solving and design skills used every day by engineers
  • Activities that provide an insight into the global challenges that engineering can address in areas such as climate change, renewable energy, land and resource management, robotics, technology and medicine

When is it?

VIEWS will return in 2021.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to attend the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School. All expenses are covered including travel to and from Melbourne, meals and accommodation.

Further information

For more information contact:

VIEWS Coordinator
Melbourne School of Engineering
The University of Melbourne
Telephone: 03 8344 3208


Download: 2019 report: VIEWS (PDF 1.6 MB)

Download: 2018 report: VIEWS (PDF 2.6 MB)

Download: 2017 report: VIEWS (PDF 3.8 MB)

Download: 2016 report: VIEWS (PDF 2.4 MB)

My experience at VIEWS has helped me decide what I would like to do in the future. It has furthered my knowledge on types of engineering. The Views team also helped with making the trip an enjoyable one that I would recommend to my friends.

Very educational and eye opening! I enjoyed my stay and everyone I met. This opportunity gave me an Insight on the different opportunities and living in Melbourne. Would definitely recommend the program to other indigenous students as I think it’s very beneficial!

My experience at VIEWS was amazing! I was overwhelmed with information and the fact that I was supported hugely throughout the whole visit.

Participating universities


2019 Principal Sponsor

Metro Tunnel, Design and construction, John Holland, Lendlease, Bouygues Construction Australia

Gold sponsors

Bronze sponsors

Philanthropic supporter

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Sponsorship opportunities

For program sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Hope Perkins
Melbourne School of Engineering
Telephone: +61 3 8344 3208

Past sponsors

We thank our 2018 sponsors, Google, John Holland, BP, ARUP, SYPAQ, Honeywell and participants Defence Force Recruiting.

Privacy and data collection notice

The information you provide in the application form will be used to administer your enrolment in the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School. The information collected will be used by authorised staff for the purposes of which it was collected and will be protected against unauthorised access and use. If you do not provide all the information requested on the application form, it may not be possible to provide a Confirmation of Enrolment for the VIEWS program. You may access any personal information you have provided to the University by contacting 13 63 52. The University of Melbourne is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). All information collected by the University is governed by the University’s Privacy Policy. For further information about how the University deals with personal information, please refer to the University’s Privacy Policy or contact the University’s Privacy Officer at

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