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 anguage) 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.

Indigenous groups

Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit works across Aboriginal, non-governmental organisations and community space to engage in respectful and equal partnerships based in the aspirations of the Bathelmun Yalingwa Strategy 2017-2020 to Grow (Gamadji), Share (Dambunmon) and Connect (Jerrboongun).

These partnerships aim to advance the opportunities and provide voice for Aboriginal people in the west of Melbourne to actively engage in self-determination, local civic activities and a connection to VU programs. These engagements include membership of the:

2019 Outcomes

In 2019, the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre in Wyndham was opened to provide a place for the Aboriginal community to gather.  The Centre includes an early years' space and the Koling wada-ngal (Walk together – Wadawurrung) space specifically for Aboriginal people. 

Local cultural-strengthening programs are poised to deliver their programs so that Aboriginal people can grow, connect and share cultural practices with each other. Over many years Moondani Balluk and the Wyndham City Council worked with the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre Committee (now named Koling wada-ngal) to plan the purpose built Centre in Wyndham. The Centre took out the highest honour in the Victorian Architecture Awards 2020 for best practice in environmentally sustainable architecture. 

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.

VU's involvement in the community

The Moondani Balluk Academic Unit provides social support, lectures and talks to students, staff and community groups about the importance of cultural heritage to the identity of Aboriginal people.