Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT's City, Brunswick and Bundoora campuses and Point Cook site are on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
The Hamilton site is on the traditional land of the Gunditjmara Peoples.
Welcome to Country
This is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal land. It must be given by a recognised elder or person of that land.
Official or high-profile RMIT events that require a Welcome to Country include:
- graduation ceremonies
- national and international seminars and lectures hosted by RMIT
- forums, discussions or events where Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander issues are being represented
- all nationally or internationally recognised events led by the Vice Chancellor and President.
To book a Welcome to Country, please email or fax your completed Welcome to Country form (PDF 24KB) to the Wurundjeri lands Council (contact details on the form) for further advice. There is a fee for the ceremony.
Acknowledgement of Country
This is a statement that recognises the traditional owners of the land. Anybody can perform it.
All RMIT events other than those listed above should include an Acknowledgement of Country.
Here is the wording:
RMIT University acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which the University stands. RMIT University respectfully recognises Elders both past and present. Acknowledgment of country (PDF 292KB, 1p)
For further advice on cultural protocols, please contact the Ngarara Willim Centre on +61 3 9925 4885.