Confirmation of Identity
Your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage is something that is personal to you. You do not need a letter of confirmation to identify as an Indigenous person. However, you may be asked to provide proof or confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage when applying for Indigenous-specific services or programs such as university or TAFE courses.
When you apply to the University of Melbourne, you are asked to supply a Confirmation of Aboriginality or a Statutory Declaration to Murrup Barak. This enables you to:
- Enter via our Access Melbourne Pathway and the Indigenous Pathway into the Chancellor’s Scholar’s Program. Through Access Melbourne, you will be considered for a guaranteed place in an undergraduate degree. Read more about Access Melbourne.
- Get an offer to the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) or Bachelor of Science (Extended) degree, which provide targeted mentoring, specialised subjects and access to a place at a residential college.
- Access the full range of services and support through Murrup Barak and the Wilin Centre, and all Indigenous scholarships.
What do I need to do?
You need to supply either a Confirmation of Aboriginality 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.
We will contact you to confirm that we have received your document.
Confirmation of Aboriginality:
1. A letter stamped with the common seal and signed by the chairperson of an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Land Council, in whose area the person lives or has previously lived; or
2. A letter stamped with the common seal and signed by a delegate of an incorporated Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander organisation, such as the Aboriginal Medical Service or an Aboriginal Legal Service.
If you are in the process of getting a confirmation document, please submit a Statutory Declaration in the meantime so you don’t miss out on an offer.
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.
Got a question?
You can reach one of our Indigenous Student Outreach Officers on (03) 8344 4295.