Our goal and vision

The goal of the Aboriginal Education Centre is to exemplify and promote best practice in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural values, protocols and norms, student support and services, teaching, research and employment in the tertiary education sector.

Our vision for reconciliation

Federation University Australia shares with Reconciliation Australia in affirming the special place and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first Australians.

The non-Indigenous settlement of Australia affected the lives, laws, languages, culture, customs and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who continue to experience racism, racial discrimination, injustice and oppression.

Only by acknowledging this past, understanding the present, and building a future based on equality, respect and genuine opportunity will reconciliation be achieved. Federation University Australia is unequivocally committed to this process.

The University acknowledges the Djab Wurrung, Wadawurrung, Gunaikurnai and Wergaia peoples as the traditional owners of the land where its campuses and centres are located. It has set in place measures to address the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in education, employment and opportunity. It has formalised this commitment in the University's 2015 Charter and in diverse policies, procedures and actions.

The Aboriginal Education Centre supports this vision and the University's Reconciliation Action Plan.