By embedding Indigenous cultures and knowledges in our learning and teaching, research and engagement initiatives, we promote an understanding of, and respect for, the traditions and perspectives of the many nations and language groups that make up Indigenous Australia.  In this context,  stories emerge which provide a glimpse of the achievements, discoveries and spirit that exist within our University community.

Statement of support for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament

The University of Melbourne releases a statement in support for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to parliament.

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An international focus on Indigenous knowledge

The University of Melbourne is delivering on its commitment to elevating Indigenous knowledge in teaching and learning by co-hosting the inaugural workshop of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities’ (APRU) Indigenous Knowledges Working Group in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Teaching in partnership with the Yambirrpa schools

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education's partnership with the Yambirrpa schools (Yirrkala and Laynhapuy Homelands) provides the opportunity for pre-service teachers to complete their final practicum placement in North East Arnhem Land and Yuendumu.

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Identity Bricks

Integrated into the structural columns of Building 189, the Identity Bricks serve as a creative recognition of this site as an Indigenous place with a continuing and diverse Indigenous presence.

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In November 2019, the University held a research colloquium on Place and Indigenous cultural recognition. An outcome of the Colloquium was an acknowledgement that the University’s histories are contested and the need to formally acknowledge our institutional and colonial past and our complicity with respect to eugenics and scientific racism. On this basis and in order to meet our Advancing Melbourne and elevate Reconciliation Action Plan commitments with respect to Place, the University commissioned an Indigenous led research project to properly articulate that contested history.

Indigenous Australia and the University of Melbourne: A truth-telling of our shared history (2021)

Truth-telling and Place: Contested Histories of the University of Melbourne (2022)

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National Summer Schools Supporting the Future of Indigenous Business 15-20 January 2023

24 January 2023
On 15 January 2023 Indigenous Year 11 and 12 students from metropolitan, regional, and remote Australia will come to National Indigenous Business Summer Schools (NIBBS) in Mel...

Tony Birch named third Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature

24 January 2023
Award-winning author Tony Birch has been appointed the third Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne....

Truth-telling first step towards justice and transformation: Narrm Oration

28 November 2022
“It is time for Victoria to acknowledge the historic and ongoing injustice experienced by First Peoples,” said Wergaia and Wamba Wamba Elder, Professor Eleanor Bourke AM, who...