Indigenous matters

Moondani Toombadool

Moondani Toombadool means ‘embracing teaching and learning’ in Woiwurrung language. It is a term that describes Swinburne’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support, education, research and engagement programs at our campuses and in our work with communities across Australia.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

Note: Throughout this website, the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous Australians are used. While Swinburne’s preference is to use Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as it is a more specific term, Indigenous Australians is used throughout to refer to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

‘At the moment, most people see Indigenous culture as a separate thing to them; but it should be a part of them... Lilydale was a pioneer within Swinburne. There was a real sense of community there and ... it became a place where Indigenous students could get a real, first-hand experience of higher education...'

Andrew Peters

Lecturer, Indigenous Studies and Tourism