Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, and their Elders past and present, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which Swinburne’s Australian campuses are located in Melbourne’s east and outer‑east.

We are honoured to recognise our connection to Wurundjeri Country, history, culture and spirituality through these locations, and strive to ensure that we operate in a manner that respects and honours the Elders and Ancestors of these lands.
 
We also acknowledge the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage.

Welcome to Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, a Senior Wurundjeri Elder, delivering the Welcome to Country at Swinburne's Reconciliation Action Plan launch. Aunty Joy holds a gum leaf in her hand. Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin AO is a Senior Wurundjeri Elder who has made significant contributions to the Victorian community for over 40 years. She is well known for her work in reconciliation, education, social justice, land rights and Wurundjeri cultural strengthening through Woiwurrung language teaching, culture and the arts.

Aunty Joy and other Wurundjeri Elders have provided Welcome to Country ceremonies for Swinburne events over many years including the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan.

We are honoured to have Aunty Joy provide a welcome to our Indigenous Australians – Moondani Toombadool website.

Wominjeka Wurundjeri Balluk yearmenn koondee bik” means “Welcome to the land of the Wurundjeri people in the Woiwurrung Language of the Wurundjeri People.

I am delighted to formally Welcome readers to Swinburne’s new Indigenous Australians – Moondani Toombadool. My Welcome is on behalf of Wurundjeri Elders past and present.

This Welcome reflects the new digital landscape in which many of our communities across Australia are now immersed - from remote communities to urban environments like the Eastern Melbourne campuses of Swinburne that are located on Wurundjeri lands.

I am very happy to see Swinburne University taking a lead in the use of Information Communication Technologies to bring about greater connection and participation of Indigenous communities in education and training. This website is part of that commitment.

It will enable readers to discover what Swinburne is doing on Wurundjeri Country and with other Traditional Custodians and communities across Australia. It will encourage connection between Indigenous Australians and the broader Australian community who share an interest in Indigenous Australia.

Importantly, while personal communications and relationships remain a priority, the website will offer users an opportunity to see what Swinburne can and is doing to support education and employment goals with communities. This is particularly important for our young people and many of our community who live with disability.

I encourage Indigenous and other Australians to explore Swinburne’s Indigenous Australians website.