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.


Upcoming Indigenous-themed events on the University of Melbourne 2019 calendar.  All events are held on the Parkville campus unless otherwise specified.

14 MarchWominjekaDetails to come
 A Wominjeka (Woi-wurrung word for Welcome) happens in mid-March each year
to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and their Elders past and present, upon
whose land we study and work, and to welcome and acknowledge Indigenous
students and staff.
March/April *Wilin WeekDetails to come
 Wilin Week is the Faculty Faculty of Fine Arts and Music's annual celebration of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.  Indigenous artists are invited
in to the Wilin Centre to hold workshops, give lectures, create work and share knowledge
with students, staff and members of the public. (Southbank campus)
March/April *Lin Onus OrationDetails to come
 The Lin Onus Oration is the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development's
annual oration by esteemed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural
practitioners.  Named after famed Yorta Yorta artist, Lin Onus, the Oration seeks to
provoke thought, discussion and debate in relation to Indigenous arts and culture.
(Southbank campus)
3 AprilPublic Lecture:  Sovereign Language Repatriation:  Through Song PedagogyMore information
 Presenter:  Dr Lou Bennett
Time:  6:30 - 7:30 pm
Venue:  Copland Theatre, The Spot Building, 198 Berkeley Street, Parkville
27 May - 3 June National Reconciliation WeekDetails to come
7 - 14 July NAIDOC WeekDetails to come
July *Dungala Kaiela OrationDetails to come
28 NovemberNarrm OrationDetails to come
* Dates yet to be announced
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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