The National Centre for Reconciliation Practice explores the opportunities and challenges relating to the Australian reconciliation journey, looking at Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' connections with reconciliation, through a rich program of engagement, outreach, education and research activities. 

The National Centre builds on Swinburne’s strong history of national academic and industry leadership in reconciliation. We were the first university to attain an Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and are currently on our second Elevate RAP. We co-organised the inaugural National RAP Conference, and co-signed, with 13 other Elevate RAP organisations, a declaration of support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Our vision

Advance national industry, community and academic understandings of reconciliation and help lead national systemic change.

Our unique, multidisciplinary capabilities in reconciliation

Engage with industry, community, academia and governments

Undertake education, research, engagement and outreach activities

Utilise technology-based approaches

Reconciliation at Swinburne

The National Centre for Reconciliation Practice leads the development and implementation of Swinburne's Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan.

Our research

The National Centre for Reconciliation Practice has four interrelated program themes:

Cultural Safety (Lead: Dr Sadie Heckenberg)

Focuses on the area of culturally safe engagements with Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Rights

Explores historical and contemporary Indigenous rights and resistance, nationally and internationally.

Indigenous Knowledges (Lead: Dr Andrew Peters)

Explores applications of Indigenous Knowledges in contemporary societies.

Reconciliation Movements

Focuses on the Australian and international reconciliation movements.

Our people

Our people come from a range of disciplines, and academic, industry and community settings, and include research fellows, affiliates and industry fellows.

Did you know?

Swinburne also has the Moondani Toombadool Centre that is committed to institutional transformation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and knowledges are the foundations on which Swinburne leads educational change.

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Engaging with Reconciliation and Truth-telling Seminar

Engaging with Reconciliation and Truth-telling

A seminar on reconciliation and truth-telling and how the new National Centre for Reconciliation Practice will engage with these concepts.

Speakers: Professor Andrew Gunstone and Ian Hamm
Date: 1 June 2021

Our partners

The Centre collaborates with a number of external partners, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations
  • Reconciliation Australia
  • Governments
  • Industry partners
  • Other universities

The Centre also works closely with the Moondani Toombadool Centre.

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About 'Gathering Knowledge' by Arbup Ash Peters

This painting, which is shown as the banner, depicts the continuous cycle of footprints on a never-ending journey travelling around Swinburne’s campuses, which are located on Wurundjeri land.

The painting also shows meetings or gatherings that involve many people and Elders from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The colours used in the painting are aligned to the corporate colours of Swinburne. The use of earthy ochre in the background, as well as yellow and black throughout gives a sense of the culture of Wurundjeri people while also reflecting the Aboriginal flag.

Arbup Ash Peters is a Wurundjeri/Taungurong Man, local artist and direct descendant of Coranderrk.

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