Our goal and vision
Federation University Australia is an education provider who enables cultural security of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be empowered to succeed. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and cultural practice will be firmly embedded in the University environment.
Our vision for Reconciliation
Federation University Australia shares with Reconciliation Australia in affirming the special place and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Australians.
The effect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives, lore, languages, cultures, customs and traditions caused by the non-Indigenous settlement of Australia continues to be sustained by racism, racial discrimination, injustice and oppression experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 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 Wotjobaluk, Wergaia, Jupagalk, Jadawadjali, Jaadwa, Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Djab Wurrung, Wurundjeri, Gunai Kurnai, Barkindji, Mutthi Mutthi and Kureindji peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land where its main campuses, centres and field stations 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.
Federation University Australia was established on 1 January 2014 through the merger of the University of Ballarat and the Gippsland campus of Monash University.
It is a new generation Australian University, which is regional in focus, national in scope and international in reach.
The University is unique: it is based on a federated network of campuses in regional Victoria, partner provider institutions across Australia and overseas, national and international research collaborations. It offers excellence and quality in vocational education and training, higher education and research, with its programs spanning the full array of the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Accessibility, inclusiveness and provision of a supportive learning and research environment are at the heart of Federation University Australia.
The Aboriginal Education Centre supports this vision and the University's Reconciliation Action Plan.