Our commitment to reconciliation

Our commitment to reconciliation

Walanga Muru – Office of Indigenous Strategy  

Walanga Muru is a Darug language name meaning ‘follow your path’. At Walanga Muru, we seek to support and assist students on their path to educational success, whilst balancing all other aspects of their lives.  

The vision of Walanga Muru is to grow our future Indigenous leaders in their chosen fields and to build the educational aspirations of our youth. We provide a culturally safe ‘home away from home’ for Indigenous students while they pursue their tertiary aspirations.


Macquarie University Reconciliation Action Plan 

Macquarie University is proud to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our campus sits – the Wattamattagal Clan of the Darug Nation – and wants to embed our relationship with local Aboriginal communities within the University’s culture.

As part of that commitment, Macquarie University has launched our Reconciliation Action Plan. Through this we will build stronger, positive and sustainable relationships with our local Aboriginal Community and find pathways to reflect and include Indigenous knowledge in our teaching and research, while increasing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in campus life – whether as students or staff.

Macquarie University Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025 

The Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025 takes a long-term view and aligns with existing Macquarie University frameworks and strategic plans to enhance our aspiration to achieve Indigenous excellence. The strategy will provide a coherent vision for Macquarie University’s future across the major activities that lead to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success. The strategy is underpinned by Macquarie University’s commitment to Indigenous access and participation at our University. 

The Indigenous Strategy provides the right balance between investment in education and research capabilities and the critical enabling infrastructure and student services required, to support and maximise the University’s role in increasing access, participation and success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Cultural Protocols 

Cultural protocols are customs, values and guidelines for particular cultural groups. Aboriginal Australian culture is a unique and heterogenous society that has many different cultural protocols observed by various clans and language groups. 

The Macquarie University Welcome to Country and Other Indigenous Ceremonies Policy, and accompanying Procedure, outlines the specific requirements for this form of recognition. Read about our cultural protocols here.

The Indigenous Strategy Green Paper  

The Indigenous Strategy Green Paper proposes seven new strategic directions for the University that supports and promotes Indigenous inclusion, access and participation. This green paper is the first step towards building capacity for Indigenous excellence at Macquarie University.

The seven strategic directions are: 

  • increase Indigenous numbers 
  • better support for Indigenous students 
  • grow our Indigenous workforce 
  • build cultural capability 
  • develop a cross-university Indigenous curriculum 
  • advance Indigenous research and researchers 
  • build Indigenous voice and leadership
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