One of the key points in our Strategic Plan is for us to be proactive in building relations with community for the benefit of partners, the University, our students, and for economic growth and social cohesion.

We have targeted community engagement with flagship projects in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Wyndham and the Melbourne CBD.

Our international engagement is made via a distinctive contribution to the Asian Century through key partnerships.

The University has strong regional partnerships, reputation and expertise that span learning and teaching, research and knowledge exchange in particular, China, India, Malaysia and Singapore as well as Timor Leste.

VU's Footscray art prize, primary

Indigenous community engagement

Victoria University (VU) supports the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation's vision for a united Australia and acknowledges the original custodians of University land.

We value the contribution made by Indigenous members of society and recognise the need to enhance the level of opportunity available to them. VU has established Moondani Balluk Academic Unit to assist Indigenous Australians wanting to apply for a course and students attending VU.

Our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity in employment has led to the development of Yannoneit. Yannoneit is our Indigenous Employment and Career Development Strategy (YES). It encourages the recruitment and career development of Indigenous Australians.

Victoria University’s  Bathelmun Yalingwa Strategy (meaning ‘Shine Bright’ in the Woiwurrung language) consists of three key aspirations:

  1. Gamadji (Grow) – to grow the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in tertiary education
  2. Dambunmon (Share) –  to share, acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal culture, knowledge and history
  3. Jerrboongun (Connect) – to connect the university cultural and physical environment to Aboriginal culture in a meaningful way.

The Strategy commits VU to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities, particularly in Melbourne’s west, to address issues that may affect their social, health and economic wellbeing.

Aboriginal Resource Guide

In conjunction with the Department of Health & Human Services and the Brimbank City council. VU recently finalised the Aboriginal Resource Guide for use by service providers and agencies and Aboriginal people.