Indigenous connection and knowledge
The Aboriginal Gardens located on our Clayton campus features over 150 species of native plants that were important to the life of Koories of south-eastern Australia. Victorian Koories used plants for all the daily necessities of life - for food, medicine, fibre, canoes, houses and for all sorts of implements.
We encourage you to visit the Aboriginal Gardens and feel a connection to the land, which has been so important to the Koori people. You can use this pamphlet to help guide you through the garden, or you can read the labels assigned to each plant to find out their Indigenous name, English name, botanical name, and the uses for the plant.
The William Cooper Institute connects research, learning and engagement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities through the establishment of a ‘hub-and-spoke’ model of Indigenous leadership and participation across and within the University.
The Institute oversees the development of targeted strategies to improve Indigenous access, participation and success in education, research and employment.
VAHC plays a deeply important role in helping the Victorian community respect and understand Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Traditional Owner responsibilities, which is vital in Welcome to Country ceremonies.
The Welcome to Country ceremony recognises the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian culture and history, and is a significant customary gesture. Only the Traditional Owners of the land can give a Welcome to Country.