About Us

Associate Director's Welcome

Charles O'Leary, Murrup Barak.

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.

Charles O'Leary
Associate Director, Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development