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).

Indigenous groups

Our 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. 

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.