Nungalinya is the premier Combined Churches Training College for Indigenous Australians. The College is formally supported by the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic churches of the Northern Territory and is situated in Casuarina, a northern suburb of Darwin.

Since 1974, Nungalinya College has been equipping men and women for leadership roles in churches and communities. Our training programs explore the Christian faith contextually through courses in Foundation Studies, Bible Overview, Media, Music and Discipleship, Christian Ministry and Theology, and Bible Translation.

Each year, men and women from over 100 different communities across Australia come to study at Nungalinya College. Our students are from both remote and urban communities and their different cultural and language backgrounds are respected and included in campus life. Many students hold important positions of authority in their own communities. Nungalinya College respects these Elders and the traditional wisdom that they possess. We recognise that Elders are the appropriate leaders to pass on what they learn to their young people.

Students attend Nungalinya in short-stay residential programs. You can find out more on our Courses page.

What does 'Nungalinya' mean?

‘Nungalinya' is the name supplied for the College by Larrakia Elders, whose land includes the Darwin area. The word refers to ‘Old Man Rock’, a reef lying off Casuarina Beach, which can be seen at low tide. Traditionally, it was a place of learning for the young men. Larrakia Elders suggested this name reflecting the College’s identity as a place of learning, of passing down the sacred stories of Scriptures and also as a connection to the “rock” of Christ as the foundation for our lives.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Larrakia people as the sovereign people of the land on which Nungalinya College is built. 

The Larrakia people are part of the oldest surviving continuous culture in the world expressed for generations in law, custom and ceremony. 

We give thanks that they share their country with us and that this College - Nungalinya, meaning Old Man Rock, is a sacred place and a Christian community of learning and sharing.

We respectfully acknowledge Indigenous Elders and leaders today and commit ourselves to learn from their wisdom and knowledge as we seek to build better relationships in the future.