Dhumbali is an orientation program for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students starting at the University of Melbourne.

Dhumbali means ‘commitment’ in Woi-Wurrung language. During the program, we ask new students to commit to their studies for themselves, their families0 and communities.

The program is a great way to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, our staff and the broader university community.


There is no cost to attend Dhumbali. We cover all food, activity and accommodation costs. The program usually runs in the week before Orientation Week, when university starts for the year.

We’ll make details about the next Dhumbali program available towards the end of the academic year.

Mid-year entry and graduate students

Students starting in the middle of the year can enjoy a version of Dhumbali before Semester 2 starts. We’ll send you information about this before you start your course.