Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development takes its name from the Woiwurrung language. ‘Murrup Barak’ means the Spirit of Barak. The name was chosen to honour the memory of the visionary Aboriginal leader William Barak. The name reflects our respect for Indigenous cultures and knowledge and our vision for an Institute that makes an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment in the context of Australia’s leading University in teaching, learning, research and employability. Read more
The University of Melbourne has committed to achieving population parity for Indigenous student numbers by 2050.
This web site may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. It also contains links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.
Acknowledgement of Country
The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which of our campuses are situated. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have made a contribution to the life of the University community.
The University of Melbourne welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to all courses and programs, and Murrup Barak is here to help future students discover their options and start studying. Murrup Barak supports the Indigenous student community and delivers an integrated educational and cultural program to ensure that Indigenous students have every opportunity for success in their studies.
Quick Links for Students
- Current Students
Murrup Barak provides a range services and events to support your academic, personal and cultural wellbeing, and enhance your learning experience.Find Out
- Future Students
Still in school or thinking about further study? Find out about your study options, pathways and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, and the Indigenous community and student experience at The University Of Melbourne..Learn more
Information, resources and contacts for teachers, careers counselors and liaison officers.View
Under Bunjil is a volume of writing and art produced by Indigenous Students and supported by Murrup Barak.
The University of Melbourne is committed to the recruitment retention and wellbeing of Indigenous staff. Both Murrup Barak and Human Resources provide support and resources to prospective and current staff, faculties and departments.
Murrup Barak’s mission is to build the capacity of the University of the Melbourne to advance the success of its Indigenous Australian Agenda, and the ability of students, staff and graduates to contribute to Indigenous development. We welcome you to engage with the resources we provide, and discover other Indigenous centres spaces and events across The University.
Associate Director's Welcome
Wominjeka (Welcome) to Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development’s Website.
Our purpose is to make an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment for Indigenous Australians, who either come to study or work at The University of Melbourne.
We lead our work with a sincere commitment and respect for Indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledges that transcends a history more than forty thousand years old. The success of our work is underpinned by trusting and ethical relationships with the Indigenous Australian community, and also by our collaborative working relationships with colleagues from across the University. Unified engagement across the University ensures the normalisation of accountability for Indigenous student and staff opportunity and services.
Our work spans across five main areas. The Directorate brings together, partnership management, strategy, planning monitoring and compliance and also elder and community engagement advice. Our Indigenous Student Outreach work is underpinned by long-term relationships with the student, community and the school. We create floodlit pathways for Indigenous Australian secondary students into the University of Melbourne. The Indigenous Student Success Team works with Indigenous Australian students to ensure they have the necessary support around them, which enables them to build their capacity to make decisions to maximise their academic, global, social and cultural experiences with us. The Staff Employment Program supports and builds the capacity of University to recruit and retain Indigenous Australians.
In partnership with Rumbalara Netball and Football Club Murrup Barak provides leadership to The Academy of Sport, Health and Education which delivers a holistic integrated education program for Indigenous students based in Shepparton
Please explore our website to find out more about Murrup Barak.
Associate Director, Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development
Indigenous Academics, students and staff came together to celebrate Indigenous student success at the Indigenous Student Awards night in October. The picture which was painted by the awards is a diverse Indigenous student community who are engaging deeply and successfully as writers, artists, community members, leaders, sportspeople, academics and ambassadors for both Murrup Barak and The University of Melbourne.News