The Dungala Kaiela Oration

The Dungala Kaiela Oration is hosted jointly by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. The oration celebrates Aboriginal cultural identity with the goal of creating a shared vision for the people of the greater Goulburn Valley region and promoting Aboriginal development.

The Dungala Kaiela Oration is held in the middle of the year in Shepparton.


The 2019 Dungala Kaiela Oration was delivered by Yawuru leader Senator Patrick Dodson at the Rumbalara Football Netball Club in Shepparton on Yorta Yorta country on 9 August.

Senator Dodson’s oration, The spirit of this country perspectives in review and a vision for our future, explored the successes, failures, disappointments and areas of ongoing need for Indigenous people, including reconciliation, land, recognition and public policy.

He also shared his views on the Uluru Statement and the need for an Indigenous voice to Federal Parliament to be enshrined in the national Constitution.

Senator Dodson entered Federal Parliament in 2016. He was co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Senator Dodson has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

Information about past Dungala Kaiela Orations