All Moondani Balluk staff maintain close links and relationships with the Aboriginal community, government, partners, our students and researchers. We work to:

Moondani Balluk is a culturally safe and supportive place for Aboriginal students and staff at Victoria University. Moondani Balluk means ‘embrace people’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people.

Paola Balla's Moondani Balluk design shows the embodying relationship between the University and Moondani Balluk and the meaning of 'embracing people' – being embraced by VU.

Information, services & support offered

Moondani Bulluk provides a wide range of information, services and support for Aboriginal students and staff. We offer:

  • courses and units with an Aboriginal focus
  • student assistance and support
  • scholarships
  • cultural activities for staff and students
  • academic, personal and cultural support
  • networking and professional development opportunities.

We also support Aboriginal research and researchers.

The work of Moondani Balluk is informed and guided by the University-wide Aboriginal strategy, Bathlemun Yalingwa.

Aboriginal Strategy Leadership Committee

The Vice-Chancellor leads the implementation of our Aboriginal Strategy, Bathelmun Yalingwa.

The Vice Chancellors’ Indigenous Strategy Leadership Committee consists of senior leaders (the Senior Leadership Team) and senior representatives of the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The senior leaders have direct accountability for the achievement of the Strategy aspirations: gamadji (grow), dambunamon (share) and jerrboongun (connect).

Cultural awareness workshops & training

Cultural awareness workshops and training are available to staff at VU through VU Develop.

The Yulendj Warrung online Indigenous Cultural Awareness program is designed to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the teaching, learning and community engagement of all University staff. The program offers participants the opportunity to hear from Aboriginal staff about the historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal peoples.

We provide face-to-face Aboriginal Cultural Awareness sessions, facilitated by Jimmy Kyle who is a Thungutti descendent from the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Jimmy has worked alongside Aboriginal communities in various roles for well over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge.

Our sessions are delivered in safe environment where staff can explore, learn and improve their understanding and respect for Aboriginal history and culture.

Black Lives Matter resources

Moondani Balluk and the VU Library have created a Black Lives Matter library guide with resources to support self-education for staff and students at Victoria University.

Contact us

Karen Jackson
Director, Moondani Balluk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 2836

Current & future student enquiries

Marcus Brooke
Aboriginal Student Support Officer, Moondani Balluk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 4914

Rowena Price
Indigenous Community Liaison Officer (Victoria University Polytechnic)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 2078

General enquiries

Phone: +61 3 9919 5681 (reverse charge calls accepted)

Email: [email protected]

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