At the University of Melbourne, we recognise that reconciliation is central to the full realisation of our purpose.

We are committed to fostering an environment in which the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their fellow Australians is characterised by a deep mutual respect, leading to positive change in our nation’s culture and capacity.

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Upcoming events

2019 Narrm Oration: The Fabric of Hawaiian Medium Education: A Perspective for Indigenous Language Revitalisation

Thursday 28 Nov 2019 at 6:00pm
Arts West
When a language is at the juncture of extinction, using it as the language of formal education would appear to be a mission impossible. Thirty-six years after a handful of people in Hawaiʻi decided to face this dire situation head on and use Hawaiian as the medium of pre-school education – with no m...

Trends in Aboriginal Water Ownership in New South Wales, Australia: The Continuities Between Colonial and Neoliberal Forms of Dispossession

Friday 29 Nov 2019 at 1:00pm
Melbourne Law School
Consistent with broader Indigenous claims for self-determination internationally in norms like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), demand for greater Aboriginal ownership of and control over freshwater has grown immensely over the last twenty-plus years in Au...

Re-Awakening Kaurna, the Language of the Adelaide Plains: Strategies and Methods

Thursday 5 Dec 2019 at 6:00pm
The SPOT Building
Kaurna, the language of the Adelaide Plains, has been reclaimed from written records, in the absence of any sound recordings, which were compiled in the mid-19th century. Without these records, principally the work of Dresden missionaries Christian Teichelmann and Clamor Schürmann, the re-introducti...


The University of Melbourne acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated:

  • the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples (Parkville, Southbank, Werribee and Burnley campuses)
  • the Yorta Yorta Nation (Shepparton and Dookie campuses)
  • the Dja Dja Wurrung people (Creswick campus).

The University also acknowledges and is grateful to the Traditional Owners and Elders who have been instrumental in our reconciliation journey.

We recognise the unique place held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of the lands and waterways across the Australian continent with histories of continuous connection dating back more than 60,000 years.

We also acknowledge and respect our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff, Elders and collaborators, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who visit our campuses from across Australia.

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About the artist and the artwork

Dixon Patten is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man who has family bloodlines from Dhudhuroa, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, Yuin, Wemba Wemba, Barapa Barapa and Monaro. He has worked with the University on its Cultural Awareness Training program and other projects.

The artwork represents the journey taken by the University of Melbourne, working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, to develop this RAP. The pathway depicts life’s course and the waves represent the ripple effect that the RAP’s Signature Projects will have on students, staff and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous communities. The circles in the middle are our community – the motivation for, and guiding influence on, this RAP.’   -  Dixon Patten, artist and designer – Bayila Creative