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.

Indigenous art project

An innovative Indigenous art project has transformed the Melbourne Graduate School of Education to recognise the place of Indigenous Knowledges in education and create a culturally safe, welcoming, and respectful environment for Indigenous people.

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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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Australian Research Council funds historical frontier violence project

The Australian Research Council has awarded $488,142 to the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research for their project on historical frontier violence: drivers, legacy and the role of truth-telling.

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5 things about...Indigenous Knowledge

In this University of Melbourne podcast, Associate Deans (Indigenous) Associate Professors Sana Nakata and Michael-Shawn Fletcher chat about Indigenous Knowledge.


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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The NZ Maōri tertiary education experience: Professor Wiremu Doherty’s Dungala Kaiela Oration

1 September 2022
Professor Wiremu Doherty, CEO of tertiary organisation Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārang in New Zealand, will explore the outcomes of Maōri-led education models on people, commun...

Herring Island inspires a new piano sonata

19 August 2022
Pianist Coady Green writes about the new Australian work he commissioned from Dr Linda Kouvaras – the Herring Island Piano Sonata for piano, recorded sound and narrator. It is...

18 Aug 2022 | PURSUIT

We are Country

Ensuring culturally safe research isn’t simply acknowledging Country, it's recognising and empowering Indigenous Knowledge, says University of Melbourne expert.

08 Aug 2022 | PURSUIT

Indigenous data governance for the 21st century

A new University of Melbourne project aims to create an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Data Commons to empower communities with data.

05 Aug 2022 | PURSUIT

How data expertise is fostering endangered languages

The PARADISEC digital archive model revitalising endangered languages in the Pacific has been taken up in North America, says a University of Melbourne expert.

17 May 2022 | PURSUIT

Why wait? Treaty and the Federal election

First Nations people shouldn’t have to wait for non-Indigenous Australians to catch up when it comes to committing to Treaty say University of Melbourne experts

16 May 2022 | PURSUIT

Embracing queer Indigenous Australia

Health services need to cater to the whole person as a human right, and that includes Indigenous LGBTIQ+ Australians, argues University of Melbourne expert.

13 May 2022 | PURSUIT

First Nations peoples as political designers

First Nations peoples must step into their ancient role as political designers to reshape Australian policy and institutions says University of Melbourne expert

18 Oct 2021 | PURSUIT

Australia’s rivers are ancestral beings

Rivers are recognised as legal persons and living entities. Experts, including University of Melbourne, say Australia's rivers are Indigenous ‘ancestral beings’

11 Oct 2021 | PURSUIT

Indigenous knowledge and the myth of ‘wilderness’

Aboriginal ideas of ‘wilderness’ contrast with romantic ideas of a pristine environment. And it excludes Indigenous people, say University of Melbourne experts.

08 Aug 2021 | PURSUIT

Leaving no one behind

A University of Melbourne expert says this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples recognises the rights and social equity of Indigenous peoples.