Your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is something that is personal to you. You do not need a document to identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
However, to be eligible for Indigenous-specific programs, pathways and supports, you will need to provide a document to affirm your eligibility.
When you apply to the University of Melbourne, you are asked to supply a Confirmation document or a Statutory Declaration to Murrup Barak. These documents are legally binding and must affirm you:
- are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person by descent,
- identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and
- are accepted as such within the community in which you live or have lived.
This enables you to access the full range of services and support through Murrup Barak and the Wilin Centre.
The University of Melbourne offer a range of programs, supports and pathways specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and applicants will need to supply documentation to affirm their eligibility.
- Entry to the University via the Special Entry Access Scheme, Access Melbourne. Access Melbourne can help you enter an undergraduate course even if your ATAR is below the minimum published ATAR
- Consideration for a Melbourne Access Scholarship
- Access to specialised degrees including Bachelor of Science (Extended) and Diploma in General Studies (Extended)
- Access to other Indigenous-specific scholarships including Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships, Indigenous Accommodation Grant and the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
Graduate and research students
- The Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) entry scheme, which can assist with your admission into a course, a Commonwealth Supported Place, and consideration for the Melbourne Graduate Access Bursary
- Access to the Melbourne Indigenous Merit Scholarship which is based on academic merit in the previous tertiary study (coursework students only)
- Some faculties also offer alternative entry pathways for their courses, such as the Melbourne Law School or the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences which includes the Doctor of Medicine. You can find out more about alternative pathways on our graduate courses page.
What do I need to do?
You need to supply either a Confirmation Document or a Statutory Declaration to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the services and benefits listed above. A photo of the document is acceptable.
If you are a graduate or research student, please include in the subject line which degree you are applying to.
We will contact you to confirm we have received your document.
A properly executed confirmation document or letter from an incorporated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation in your name which affirms you meet the three criteria.
If you are in the process of getting a confirmation document, please submit a Statutory Declaration until you have received official documentation.
A Statutory Declaration of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Identity. This requires you to declare you live and identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the community in which you live or have lived.
Please note a Statutory Declaration is a legally binding document.
The University may request further information and/or documentation where it determines further verification is required or uncertainty exists.
Being dishonest about one’s identity and one’s connections to Indigenous communities damages the integrity and intent of service provision to address inequality and is harmful to Indigenous peoples.
If you intentionally make a false statement in a statutory declaration you can be charged with a criminal offence which carries the possibility of up to four years imprisonment.
You can access a Statutory Declaration template here.
Special entry access schemes
The University has three special entry access schemes available for undergraduate and graduate applicants.
Faculty resources and initiatives
Some faculties have services similar to Murrup Barak, run programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
If you would like to discuss the Confirmation of Identity process, please reach out to our Outreach team.