Indigenous

We are committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in FBE.

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 acknowledge and pay 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).

We also acknowledge and are grateful to the Traditional Owners and Elders who have been instrumental in our reconciliation journey.

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.

We’re committed to increasing the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all academic and professional occupation categories. The Indigenous Employment Framework is the key driver for advancement of Indigenous staff recruitment and retention across the University.

Our commitment is to provide:

  • A culturally safe workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • Cultural and Ceremonial Leave available
  • Annual cultural events such as the Wominjeka to begin the Academic Year and the Narrm Oration
  • Spaces to meet and connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and students
  • Indigenous Staff Support Network
  • an Indigenous Employment Officer