Statement: Voice Referendum outcome

Statement: Voice Referendum outcome

RMIT affirms its commitment to First Nations People and encourages everyone in the University community to reflect and continue to engage with the important conversations taking place.

“RMIT took a position of neutrality in relation to the referendum question, to prioritise our commitment to democracy, to community, and to advancing Responsible Practice under any circumstances. 

“We know that different people reached their own conclusions about the referendum, and we respect their decision and the outcome.

“RMIT’s commitment to the participation and success of First Nations people is unwavering, and our responsibilities to show care and respect to each other are the same this week, and every week, as they were last week. 

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are not the embodiment of the question put to the Australian electorate during the referendum. 

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the embodiment of country, and their knowledge, culture and relationships underpin our existence here. 

"Through our commitments to Responsible Practice that are embedded in RMIT’s Knowledge with Action strategy, through to 2031 we are actively committed to supporting Indigenous student success, employment and career development, excellence in research and innovation, and place-based, community partnership which celebrates Indigenous heritage and shared identity.  

“We know this is a challenging time for some people across the University, particularly our Indigenous staff and students. We are providing a range of support to those who need it.”

Professor Gary Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education, Research and Engagement


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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.