Indigenous Student and Employment Plans

Indigenous Australians bring a wealth of experience, expertise, knowledge and skills that inform, enrich and improve the Faculty of Arts. We works closely with Indigenous Australian leaders, academic staff and researchers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians knowledge systems into our curriculum and to develop and improve cultural awareness among our community.

The Faculty also has in place a number of initiatives to promote access to education and positive employment outcomes for students and staff. Current Programs and Initiatives include:

Indigenous employment

The Faculty’s Indigenous Employment Plan (IEP), 2016-2018 aims to:

  • Provide specific support to Indigenous applicants
  • Develop an Indigenous cadetship program
  • Develop cultural awareness program such as public lectures and seminars

The Faculty’s Indigenous Employment Framework Working Group is chaired by:

Associate Professor Birgit Lang
Assistant Dean (Equal Opportunity and Diversity)
Email: langb@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 7667

Indigenous student recruitment and retention

The Faculty’s Indigenous Student Recruitment and Retention Plan (ISRRP) outlines  strategies to increase the admission and retention of Indigenous students in Faculty of Arts programs. These include:

  • Ensuring our marketing and communications campaigns reach a wide range of Indigenous applicants
  • Stipends and scholarships for Indigenous students
  • Prioritising Indigenous applicants for Access and Equity places, Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) and bursaries
  • Providing additional support to existing Indigenous students
  • Early engagement and career pathway activities for potential and existing students

The Faculty Indigenous Student Recruitment Plan Implementation Group works closely with the Faculty Indigenous Employment Framework Working Group. Reports on its progress are submitted to Faculty Executive.

Minutes of Evidence

Minutes of Evidence is an innovative project that seeks to extend public and scholarly understandings of structural injustice. It is based upon the 1881 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, which was situated fifty kilometres northeast of Melbourne near Healesville. Read more

Research Unit for Indigenous Language

The Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) works with Indigenous communities across Australia and the region to expand and strengthen Indigenous language research, and to support efforts by communities to maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage. Read more

Australian Indigenous Studies

Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne is an exciting interdisciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to learn about the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Read more

Bachelor of Arts Extended

The Bachelor of Arts (Extended) is a course for motivated and aspiring Indigenous students who have not obtained the results for direct entry into the Bachelor of Arts. The Bachelor of Arts (Extended) is a four year program which includes a year of bridging subjects to ensure success for students. Read more

Acknowledgement of Country

The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which of our campuses are situated. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have made a contribution to the life of the University community.

For more information about the University’s Indigenous Initiatives please visit Murrup Barak (Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development).