Acknowledgment of Country overview
An Acknowledgement of Country is a statement of public recognition of the traditional owners of the land. It is a way that all people can demonstrate respect for Aboriginal people and protocols. Any person can give an acknowledgement.
The host of a ceremony or event should make an acknowledgement, unless someone else is performing this task. You can also ask Moondani Balluk to deliver the Acknowledgement of Country.
Events where an Acknowledgement of Country should be considered include:
- graduation ceremonies
- significant public lectures
- official openings
- large student or staff events
- Open Day
- student awards
- the launch of new initiatives or plans
- the first meeting of the year for high level university committees (e.g. Council, Academic Board and Senior Leadership Committees).
An informal Acknowledgement of Country can also be given at meetings or any other event. This is determined by the staff chairing or managing the meeting or event.