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.
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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 program to ensure that Indigenous students have every opportunity for success in their studies.
- 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 and pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, and the Indigenous 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.
Wominjeka (Welcome) to Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development
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.
We 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.
My name is Luke West, and as a recipient of an Agilent sponsored scholarship I have been able to pursue both my university studies and other professional passions beyond what I had thought I would be able to. Throughout the last year whilst studying a number of opportunities have opened up for me, and without financial stress I have been able to take these opportunities head on.One such example, was I was able to travel to Canberra thanks to the National Environmental Science Program, to attend and assist in running talks called “Indigenous Science Conversations in National Science Week”.News
In 2018, Aliya Chalmers completed an internship at SNAICC (Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Childcare) through the Aurora Internship Program.News
The University of Melbourne recently hosted the largest Indigenous Graduation in Australia.News
Murrup Barak are pleased to announce that Indigenous Students commencing in 2018 will be offered Access Melbourne guaranteed places at The University of Melbourne. This means if an Indigenous student meets the below requirements, they are guaranteed a spot on the day results are released and won't have to wait until offers are released in mid- January.News
At our annual Experience Camp and Leadership Camp (held in July) Murrup Barak hosted 29 Indigenous students, in years 11 and 12, for five days. The students stayed at Trinity College, participated in educational and cultural activities through the week and finished with a leadership workshop at Lancemore Hill.News
This year, Jirra completed two placements: at Athletics Australia and the AFL Footy Means Business program. Both placements were organised through the Murrup Barak Indigenous Undergraduate Work Integrated Learning program (IWIL) The IWIL program was piloted this year with a focus on STEM students.News
Laura Brown is amongst the first cohort of students to undertake the Bachelor of Design, commencing study in Semester 1, 2017 and is the first recipient of the DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship.News
This year Murrup Barak have piloted two new student led programs: The Indigenous Ambassadors and Mentors Program, and The Murrup Barak Student Representative Committee.News
ASHEfest has now become an integral event in the community for Indigenous youth to learn and enjoy their ancestral heritage and participate with other family members from other regions of the Goulburn Valley.News
The University has welcomed seven new recruits into the workforce through its Indigenous Australian Employment Development Program (IAEDP).News
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
Forty-five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 11 and 12 attended the Murrup Barak Experience and Leadership Camp during the recent school holidays.News