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.

Reconciliation Action Plan.pdf

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Upcoming events

Wilin Fan the Flames

Thursday 26 Sep 2019 at 6:00pm
Martyn Myer Arena
Wilin Fan the Flames illuminates the achievements of our students and alumni to keep the flames roaring for Indigenous Arts & Cultural Development across the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music and our thriving communities. Please join us as we come together for a blazing showcase to celebrate the talen...

Indigenous Representation and Constitutional Development in Settler Democracies

Tuesday 1 Oct 2019 at 12:00pm
John Medley
How have democratic constitutions adapted to deal with the specific situation and concerns of Indigenous peoples? Much has been written about an expanding common law approach to the rights of Indigenous peoples (including land rights of various forms). However, considerably less scholarly attention ...

Ancestral Memory: Artist Talk

Tuesday 8 Oct 2019 at 6:00pm
Old Quadrangle
Artist and curator Maree Clarke tells the story of water on the lands of the Kulin Nation through her exhibition Ancestral Memory. Curated to inaugurate the ceremonial reopening of Old Quad, this exhibition stands as a powerful demonstration of resilience for Indigenous Australians and Traditional C...

The Colonial Fantasy: How Progressive Australians Perpetuate Colonialism in 21st Century Australia

Wednesday 9 Oct 2019 at 6:30pm
Arts West
**2019 Wednesday Lectures hosted by Raimond Gaita** Regardless of the policy approach – from protection to assimilation, self-determination to intervention, reconciliation to recognition – settler colonial governments have continued to do harm to Indigenous peoples. Despite this, many scholars, a...

Gunditjmara Country and the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Friday 11 Oct 2019 at 12:30pm
The Spot Building
**Responsibility, connection, use and management of biodiversity** The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, located in the traditional country of the Gunditjmara Aboriginal people in Victoria, contains one of the world’s most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems. The Budj Bim lava flows provide the b...

Ancestral Memory

Monday 30 Sep 2019 - Friday 11 Oct 2019
Old Quadrangle
Ancestral Memory tells the story of water on the lands of the Kulin Nation. This inaugural exhibition opened alongside the newly renovated Old Quad in early May. To date, over 25 000 people have visited this exhibition. Don't miss out: visit before the show must close on Friday 11 October at 4pm. ...


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