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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament Referendum

Acknowledgement of Country

Watch the video (1:53) below for an Acknowledgement of Country across Deakin.



Deakin University would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of all the unceded lands, skies, and waterways on which our students and staff come together.

As we learn, teach, innovate, and research through virtually and physically constructed places across time, we pay our deep respect to the Elders and Ancestors who have cared for the Country that you join us from; an ancient place where education, innovation, and knowledge transfer have taken place for many thousands of years.

At Deakin, we aim to nurture and continue this important legacy whilst encouraging our communities to walk softly on Country in the spirit of sustainability.

In particular, we give gratitude to the Elders and Ancestors of Wadawurrung Country, Wurundjeri Country and Eastern Maar Country and beyond, where our physical campuses are located. Their contributions to our learning communities and environments are rich and highly valued.

Deakin is committed to embedding Indigenous Knowledges and perspectives in all disciplines that we teach, as well as advancing the self-determined interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including treaty and truth-telling.

As you move around our physical and virtual environments, take a moment to consider, appreciate and listen deeply to the Country beneath your feet.

About this guide

This guide is designed to provide resources to support Deakin community members to engage with the viewpoints surrounding the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, learn about the Uluru Statement and cast an informed vote in the upcoming referendum on Saturday, 14th October 2023.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this website and content linking to external resources may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.



Deakin University is committed to Reconciliation, Indigenous Knowledges and improving the higher education experience of Indigenous staff and students. This is highlighted by Deakin's Indigenous Strategy 2023-2028.