Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Macquarie University recognises the custodianship of the land on which our campus is situated – the Wattamattagal clan of the Darug Nation and pays respect to their Aboriginal Elders past, present and future. Macquarie University acknowledges the important contribution of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our University and respects and takes pride in the knowledges of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
Macquarie University is committed to working towards reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.
Macquarie University is committed to being a campus where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is respected and celebrated, forming an integral part of our University’s learning, teaching, research and community engagement. Macquarie University acknowledges the value and wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and recognises reconciliation is a mutual process that all staff and students can participate in, to ensure our campus is culturally inclusive and respectful.
As a university we seek to serve and engage our students and staff through transformative learning and life experiences, and the wider world through discovery, disseminating knowledge and ideas, innovation and deep partnerships. Our commitment to our Indigenous community is built on this same purpose: to serve and engage.
In partnership with our Indigenous community a number of strategies and initiatives have been developed to provide the foundation to take Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education at the university to a new and exciting level.
Strategies and Initiatives
Acknowledgement of Country
Acknowledgement of Country can be conducted by any person and acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which this university is situated, the Wattamattagal people of the Darug nation, whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since the Dreamtime. We pay our respects to the Darug people and the Wattamattagal clan.
We also wish to acknowledge the Elders of the Darug nation, past, present and future, and pay our respects to them. We further wish to honour and pay our respects to the ancestors and spirits of this land, and humbly ask that all members of the Macquarie University community are granted with the capacity to wingara – to think, to learn and to walk safely upon this pemul – this land. The University continues to develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with all Indigenous people in Australia and with other Indigenous people throughout the world.
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 is dedicated to embeding 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.
Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy)
Indigenous leadership was at the forefront of the university's commitment in 2018 with the establishment of the Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) portfolio and the subsequent appointment of an inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) - Dr Leanne Holt where she has an exciting and comprehensive mandate. Dr Holt will lead positive Indigenous higher education reform through the establishment of structures, processes and relationships across the University to provide a framework to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into all aspects of the University now and into the future.
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 provides 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.
Implementation Plan 2017-2019
The Implementation Plan 2017 – 2019 will be the first step in realising the vision of the Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025 to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success at Macquarie University. The first three years will see increases in enrolment, retention and completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; the development of an Aboriginal cultural competency framework; and the enhancement of existing student engagement systems. Achieving these objectives will require a whole-of-University partnership, Aboriginal Community engagement and corporate and key stakeholder engagement.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Plan 2018-2021
The Macquarie University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Plan is an integral step in the University’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Workforce Plan provides a framework that ensures our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce is aligned to a university that is renowned for its cultural safety, career opportunities and strong collaboration with Aboriginal communities. The University is committed to reconciliation and to our responsibilities as educators and employers in this process.
The Macquarie University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Plan focuses on providing a culturally safe and inclusive university environment for all staff; the development of strategies for attracting quality applicants for academic and professional positions at all levels of the University and an internal environment that promotes professional and personal growth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff with strong community collaboration.