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Welcome to Country
Macquarie University recognises the custodianship of the land on which our campus is situated — the Wallumattagal clan of the Dharug Nation — and pays respect to their Aboriginal Elders past, present and future.
Macquarie University acknowledges the important contribution of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our University and respects and takes pride in the knowledges of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
Macquarie University is committed to being a campus where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is respected and celebrated, forming an integral part of our University’s learning, teaching, research and community engagement.
We acknowledge the value and wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and recognise reconciliation is a mutual process that all staff and students can participate in, to ensure our campus is culturally inclusive and respectful.
Macquarie University is committed to working towards reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.
As a university, we seek to serve and engage our students and staff through transformative learning and life experiences, and the wider world through discovery, disseminating knowledge and ideas, innovation and deep partnerships.
Our commitment to our Indigenous community is built on this same purpose: to serve and engage.
Acknowledgement of Country
Acknowledgement of Country can be conducted by any person and acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which this University is situated, the Wallamattagal people of the Dharug nation, whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since the Dreamtime. We pay our respects to the Dharug people and the Wallamattagal clan.
We also wish to acknowledge the Elders of the Dharug nation, past, present and future, and pay our respects to them. We further wish to honour and pay our respects to the ancestors and spirits of this land, and humbly ask that all members of the Macquarie University community are granted with the capacity to wingara — to think, to learn and to walk safely upon this pemul — this land. The University continues to develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with all Indigenous people in Australia and with other Indigenous people throughout the world.
Strategic outlook and vision
The Indigenous Strategy Green Paper, released in 2015, proposed seven strategic directions for our University that support and promote Indigenous inclusion, access and participation.
Following the green paper's consultation process, we released The Indigenous Strategy 2016–2025 which takes a long-term view and aligns with existing Macquarie University frameworks and strategic plans to enhance our aspiration to achieve Indigenous excellence.
The strategy provides a coherent vision for Macquarie University’s future across the major activities that lead to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success. The strategy is underpinned by Macquarie University’s commitment to Indigenous access and participation at our University.
Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy)
Indigenous leadership was at the forefront of the University's commitment in 2018 with the establishment of the Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) portfolio, and the subsequent appointment of an inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy), Dr Leanne Holt, where she has an exciting and comprehensive mandate.
Dr Holt is leading positive Indigenous higher education reform through the establishment of structures, processes and relationships across the University to provide a framework to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into all aspects of the University now and into the future.
In 2022, Macquarie University’s main campus in Macquarie Park adopted a new name – Wallumattagal Campus – to recognise the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the University is situated, the Wallumattagal Clan of the Dharug Nation.
The name honours Australia’s first peoples’ profound and lasting spiritual connection to country and culture, and acknowledges their contribution to sustaining our environments since time immemorial. It celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as a critical part of our national identity and history.
Macquarie aspires to be a university that integrates Aboriginal knowledge into our learning and teaching, and research. We are committed to creating opportunities for the continuation of Aboriginal knowledge and culture. The renaming of the campus builds upon mutually respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and is one of a number of significant measures undertaken under the Macquarie University Indigenous Strategy 2016–2025 [PDF 1253KB].
Empowering Indigenous students
A holistic approach to education, including our Indigenous Connected Curriculum.
Pathways and engagement
High school programs and camps to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce
We're committed to improving employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Last updated: 30 May 2023