The University's Bilya Marlee building is an exciting working and learning environment for students and staff; and an inviting entrance for the Crawley campus from Hackett Drive.

This new purpose-built facility is a key component within the southern precinct of the campus, and will greatly improved the student experience for the School of Indigenous Studies and the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health.
Project overview

First established on campus in 1988 as the Centre for Aboriginal Programs, increased enrolments over the past decade caused the School of Indigenous Studies to outgrow its accommodation.

This new building will assist the School's aim to achieve excellence and equity in all aspects of higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The project scope, which was enhanced in early-2017, includes landscaping of Prescott Court providing amenity to both the School and the broader University community. Prescott Court, which sits in the foreground as viewed from Hackett Drive, creates an attractive physical and visual link to the river, and also offers an inviting landscape entry in to the interior of the campus.

The building accommodates high-quality informal learning spaces, collaborative learning and spill out spaces, and a variety of research and postgraduate office spaces.  The design responds to the cultural narrative of the site, the existing remnant trees in the south-east corner and maximises the integration with Prescott Court.


The building is located within the southern precinct of the University, directly south of Prescott Court and overlooking Matilda Bay creating a connection from the campus to the river.

Artist impressions courtesy of Kerry Hill Architects