Moondani Balluk Academic Unit

Moondani Balluk means 'embrace people' in the language of the Wurundjeri people who first lived in the western region of Melbourne.

Indigenous art

Indigenous art painted by Paola Balla

The vision of Moondani Balluk Academic Unit is to create and foster:

  • a culturally safe environment that welcomes, nurtures, and recreates community, a community that is embedded in relationship to land, culture, law and Elders
  • sharing Indigenous knowledge, and translating and embedding Indigenous practices into all its work, research, and curricula
  • respect for all people within and without Moondani Balluk through mutually engaged relationships
  • a commitment to pursuing political and social justice, equity, and access to education for Indigenous people
  • accountability to Indigenous cultural values, protocols, and norms.

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Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

In 2015, the inaugural Victoria University Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program will support an outstanding Indigenous early career researcher seeking an academic/research career.

In direct alliance with the work of Dr Bruce McGuinness, the encompassing aim of this Fellowship is to use the tools of research to improve community wellbeing and promote community empowerment.


Most courses at Victoria University require students to apply to the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). Indigenous Australian students should refer to the relevant section of the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) online form and complete this form to assist in their VTAC applications.

VE (TAFE) courses at VU can require direct entry application and Indigenous Australian students should contact Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit for further details.

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Information Form is also required to be completed by prospective students.

Applications for Indigenous Australian people may be assessed on an individual basis through direct application to the University after the VTAC process is complete. In such cases, Indigenous students should seek assistance from the Indigenous Student Support Officer of Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit.

The Bachelor of Arts (Kyinandoo) program is delivered at our St Albans Campus. Application for the Kyinandoo course should be made via VTAC in the first instance.

VU Graduations are held every year in Melbourne in May and October. The University requires students to wear the approved academic dress at graduations and Indigenous students have the option to wear and keep the VU Indigenous Stole.

Aboriginal Yulendj & Kyinandoo in the Arts

Across a number of VU Colleges students can access Aboriginal higher education units. Whether we are conscious of it or not, as citizens we are living out our lives in societies shaped by history, where structures of inequality, including economic and racial inequality, have been laid down in the past. The Aboriginal Yulendj major set is designed to provide students with opportunities to build and critically examine their knowledge and understanding of the nature and place of Aboriginal people in Australian society.

Students will explore, investigate and research the traditional, historical and contemporary nature of Aboriginal society, community, politics, self-determination and sovereignty. They address the University’s commitment to students understanding of the role of culture and to becoming confident, creative, ethical and respectful citizens. Within Aboriginal Yulendj students will experience Aboriginal Australia via a traditional to contemporary worldview through the understandings and lived experiences of Aboriginal academics who will challenge standpoints and introduce critical Aboriginal knowledge. Students will develop their skills in communication, critical analysis and evaluation, self-reflection and leadership.

The Kyinandoo in the Arts minor provides an integrated set of units in Aboriginal Australia. It covers disciplinary knowledge in Aboriginal Australia with a focus on Aboriginal politics and self-determination from a historical to contemporary focus through the eyes of Aboriginal activists and artists that will challenge worldviews and introduce critical Aboriginal knowledge and understandings. Students will develop their skills in oral communication, critical analysis and different forms of writing for audiences. Assessment tasks across the minor include ‘yarning’, Aboriginal site visits, oral presentations, group projects that include presentation of information via theatre, and essays.

Mumgu-Dhal Tyama-Tiyt

VU offers the Indigenous Foundation Program 22218VIC - Certificate III in Mumgu-Dhal Tyama-Tiyt.

This program provides a return to learning project-based course in a culturally safe environment. It is designed to re-engage participants with education and offer a pathway into further education and employment.


Victoria University (VU) reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a culturally diverse, tolerant and open institution, united by an overriding commitment to excellence in education and the value of academia and knowledge systems.

The University acknowledges and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia and the Kulin as the traditional owners of university land.

Further information is available in our Acknowledgement Policy.

Student support

Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit assists Indigenous Australian students with:

  • academic support - tutoring and mentoring, photocopying and computer facilities, assessments tasks, presentations
  • employment and careers advice - work experience, job vacancies, cadetships, scholarships and study awards
  • social support - cultural awareness activities, drop-in centre, community organisations and events
  • referrals and support in housing and finance matters
  • enrolment and course advice
  • counselling and discrimination advice
  • access to the Indigenous Resource Library.



Contact us

Download the Moondani Balluk brochure.

Phone: +61 3 9919 2836 (reverse charge calls accepted)