The National Centre for Reconciliation Practice explores the opportunities and challenges relating to the Australian reconciliation journey, looking at Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' connections with reconciliation, through a rich program of engagement, outreach, education and research activities.
The National Centre builds on Swinburne’s strong history of national academic and industry leadership in reconciliation. We were the first university to attain an Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and are currently on our second Elevate RAP. We co-organised the inaugural National RAP Conference, and co-signed, with 13 other Elevate RAP organisations, a declaration of support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Advance national industry, community and academic understandings of reconciliation and help lead national systemic change.
Our unique, multidisciplinary capabilities in reconciliation
Engage with industry, community, academia and governments
Undertake education, research, engagement and outreach activities
Utilise technology-based approaches
Reconciliation at Swinburne
The National Centre for Reconciliation Practice leads the development and implementation of Swinburne's Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan.
The National Centre for Reconciliation Practice has four interrelated program themes:
Cultural Safety (Lead: Dr Sadie Heckenberg)
Focuses on the area of culturally safe engagements with Indigenous peoples.
Explores historical and contemporary Indigenous rights and resistance, nationally and internationally.
Indigenous Knowledges (Lead: Dr Andrew Peters)
Explores applications of Indigenous Knowledges in contemporary societies.
Focuses on the Australian and international reconciliation movements.
Our people come from a range of disciplines, and academic, industry and community settings, and include research fellows, affiliates and industry fellows.
Did you know?
Swinburne also has the Moondani Toombadool Centre that is committed to institutional transformation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and knowledges are the foundations on which Swinburne leads educational change.
Engaging with Reconciliation and Truth-telling
A seminar on reconciliation and truth-telling and how the new National Centre for Reconciliation Practice will engage with these concepts.
Speakers: Professor Andrew Gunstone and Ian Hamm
Date: 1 June 2021
The Centre collaborates with a number of external partners, including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations
- Reconciliation Australia
- Industry partners
- Other universities
The Centre also works closely with the Moondani Toombadool Centre.
Our latest news
Australia Day Honours for Swinburne community
Swinburne staff, alumni and community members have been recognised in the 2023 Australia Day Honours List for their service and achievements.Thursday 26 January 2023
- Student News
International students share their experience and advice on working in Australia
International students Khuslen Tsendbaatar and Zayed Al Kathiri reflect on working in Australia after their year-long paid Professional Placement in Swinburne’s Careers & Employability team.Tuesday 17 January 2023
“Racism infects all else”: McAvoy’s powerful words at Barak Wonga
Tony McAvoy SC’s oration looked at the continued impact of colonialism, the prospects for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and how racism impacts us all.Monday 12 December 2022
Supporting future student success with Clontarf Academy
After disruptions from COVID made social connections tough in 2020 and 2021, Jett Charles is one of thousands of high school students in Victoria looking ahead to a brighter future.Friday 09 December 2022
Scholarships help Swinburne students connect in Indo-Pacific
The New Colombo Plan mobility grant supports future leaders like Swinburne student Bri Williams to lift their knowledge and future networks in the Indo-PacificTuesday 15 November 2022
Swinburne awarded best in class for equity and access
Swinburne's Care Leavers Assistance and Support Program has won an AFR Higher Education Award for improving equity and access for students who've experienced care.Friday 11 November 2022
About 'Gathering Knowledge' by Arbup Ash Peters
This painting, which is shown as the banner, depicts the continuous cycle of footprints on a never-ending journey travelling around Swinburne’s campuses, which are located on Wurundjeri land.
The painting also shows meetings or gatherings that involve many people and Elders from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The colours used in the painting are aligned to the corporate colours of Swinburne. The use of earthy ochre in the background, as well as yellow and black throughout gives a sense of the culture of Wurundjeri people while also reflecting the Aboriginal flag.
Arbup Ash Peters is a Wurundjeri/Taungurong Man, local artist and direct descendant of Coranderrk.
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If you would like to work with us on nationally transformative reconciliation projects, we would like to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.