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.

CONTENT WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain the image, voice, or name of deceased persons. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

2021 Narrm Oration

The 2021 Narrm Oration premiered on Thursday 18 November.

Reconciliation Action Plan.pdf

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Reconciliation Action Plan.pdf

Upcoming events

Significant Dates

13 February   —   Anniversary of the National Apology

18 March   —   National Close the Gap Day

15 – 21 March   —   Harmony Week

21 March   —   International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination / Harmony Day

26 May   —   National Day of Healing

27 May   —   Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

27 May – 3 June   —   National Reconciliation Week

3 June   —   Mabo Day

1 July   — Coming of the Light

4 – 11 July   —   National NAIDOC Week

4 August   —   National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

9 August   —   International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

1 September   —   Indigenous Literacy Day

13 September   —   Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

10 December   —   Human Rights Day


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

  • the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Bunurong and Boon Wurrung peoples (Parkville, Southbank, Werribee, Burnley, Hawthorn and Fishermans Bend campuses)
  • the Yorta Yorta people (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.

Please note that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons.

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