Who we are

We were the first university in Australia to have a dedicated Australian Indigenous Centre – the Monash Centre for Research into Aboriginal Affairs, established in 1964.

The legacy of our past leaders continues today, through our Indigenous student support teams, the Indigenous studies program, and through the Indigenous graduates who have come and gone out into their professional lives, many taking up the mantle and dedicating themselves in their careers to upholding Indigenous people, our communities and our progress.

Today, a vibrant community of Indigenous leadership is being strengthened and developed at Monash.

What we do:

  • Provide support to prospective and existing students
  • Responsible for the coordination of key Indigenous events and activities
  • Support the university through its committees, policies and procedures to advance Indigenous education and research.

Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit

The Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit supports Indigenous students and staff in their education and employment aspirations.

Yulendj actively recruits Indigenous staff and students, and provides strategic advice to the University on Indigenous matters. Our Elder-in-Residence, Aunty Diane Singh, sits  within the Unit, and we provide executive support to the Indigenous Advisory Council.

Located on the Clayton campus, Yulendj also provides tutorial and study spaces for students, and a multi-purpose lounge.

The Wurundjeri Tribal Land Council have given us approval to use the word Yulendj as the name of our Indigenous Engagement Unit. Yulendj comes from the Woiwurrung language and means 'sense, intelligence'.

Monash Indigenous Study Centre (MISC)

The Monash Indigenous Studies Centre offers units that aim to encourage students to understand the past and contemporary experiences of Indigenous Australians. Students will acquire a general knowledge of many different aspects of Australian Indigenous cultures and of how these cultures have undergone change and adaptation.

Gukwonderuk Unit

Gukwonderuk (Wotjobaluk) is an important cure-all medicine used by Aboriginal people in South East Australia; the word translates to Old Man Weed.

We are committed to:

  • A human rights approach to health equity for Indigenous people
  • Quality education in Indigenous health equity
  • Developing more Indigenous people to become health care providers, educators, researchers and leaders