Indigenous Strategy

Monash Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Framework (2019-2030)

The Monash Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Framework (2019-2030) is underpinned by the Monash University Act, 2009, in which the University commits to realising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations, safeguarding cultural heritages, and using expertise and resources to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our teaching and learning.

The Framework has been developed to closely align with the University’s overarching strategy and its component education and research agendas, as well as Monash’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). It is the first of its kind at Monash, pulling together all of our ambitions across the Indigenous space.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Monash Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2018 was launched on Elders Day in October 2015 by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner, and former Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Professor Colin Bourke. This is the second RAP for the University and is part of the overarching strategic framework  for Indigenous matters at Monash. The RAP affirms our commitment to advancing the education and employment aspirations of Indigenous people.

Indigenous Advisory Council 

The Monash University Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) is an advisory body to the University which makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor and to the University's Vice-Chancellor's Executive Committee (VCEC), and Major Initiatives Implementation and Oversight (MIIO).

The IAC reflects the views of local Indigenous communities and advises Monash in relation to Indigenous programs. Specifically, in relation to Indigenous access, participation and success in education, research and employment. The IAC engages all Faculties and Divisions in the engagement, support and  retention  of  Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander staff and students.

The IAC was chaired by Professor Colin Bourke MBE. Current membership is under review, and a new committee will be announced in early 2019. IAC members have been chosen for their substantial knowledge, experience, and strong links with different Indigenous communities both locally and interstate.

For enquiries, please contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at



Faculties and Divisions are encouraged to seek the Council's advice by contacting the team at