We aim to foster an environment of deep mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, through engaging with, and learning from, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations. 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.

Central to everything we do is ensuring our campuses reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage, and are places where Indigenous peoples feel culturally safe.

Reconciliation Action Plan April 2018 - December 2022

Building on the success of our previous Reconciliation Action Plans, our third 'Elevate RAP' shifts the focus to the development of 14 Signature Projects under four themes:

  • Theme 1: Leadership for change
  • Theme 2: Our place
  • Theme 3: Purposeful partnerships
  • Theme 4: International engagement

We believe the outcomes of these substantial projects will have a transformational impact well beyond the University, and signal our intention to invest in reconciliation at a deeper level.

Download our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan April 2018 - December 2022

Reconciliation Action Plan Themes

Leadership for change

Our focus is on developing leadership capability among both Indigenous students and staff, and encouraging non-Indigenous staff to take on leadership roles that support our reconciliation efforts.

Our place

With a deep connection to the physical places on which its campuses are located, we recognise there is an opportunity to improve the lived experience of the University’s Indigenous community through shaping the physical environment and promoting cultural awareness and recognition.

Purposeful partnerships

The development of genuine and effective partnerships between the University of Melbourne and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations is a critical determinant of the quality and relevance of our Indigenous strategy and programs.

International engagement

A focus on providing opportunities to encourage Indigenous students and staff to engage in and develop people-to-people links with the international community.

Key facts and figures

(Based on 2017 data)

345 Indigenous student enrolments

a 93% increase

since we implemented our first RAP in 2011

1260 enrolments

in 33 subjects with an Indigenous focus

124 Indigenous staff

a 153% increase in 4 years

(based on March 2018 data)

77 Indigenous student completions

in 2017

700+ Indigenous students

from 137 schools in 7 states and territories

engaged in person with Murrup Barak outreach officers

45 Indigenous Graduate Research

students enrolled

(based on July 2018 data)


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.