Cultural protocols

The University develops relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples based on respect.

There are two distinct cultural protocols for formal occasions at the University to show respect. It’s important to know the differences between these protocols.

Acknowledgement of Country – Anyone can perform an Acknowledgement of Country. It’s where a person acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Country they are on. It’s always performed at the beginning of a gathering such as a meeting, lecture or event.

Welcome to Country – A Welcome to Country can only be performed by a Traditional Custodian of the Country where the gathering is taking place. This ceremony is always performed at the beginning of an event. You might organise one for the opening of a new building, a gala, ball or graduation ceremony.