What is the Moondani Toombadool Centre?

Established in 2018, the Moondani Toombadool Centre is responsible for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne, including governance, student services, teaching and learning, research, staff, culture, engagement and governance.

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Reconciliation at Swinburne

Swinburne also has the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice that leads national academic, industry and community understandings of reconciliation, and contributes to national systemic change in reconciliation.

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Swinburne Indigenous Studies Group

The Indigenous Studies Group (ISG) is a broad network of Swinburne academic and general staff and higher degree research students that are engaging with Indigenous Studies. Established in 2016, the Indigenous Studies Group helps to develop, support and foster Indigenous Studies teaching, research, engagement and community collaborations.

To join the Indigenous Studies Group or for further information, please contact Dr Sadie Heckenberg (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow, Moondani Toombadool Centre) via sheckenberg@swinburne.edu.au.

2016–2019 seminars

11 April: Researching and Working with Indigenous Communities, presented by Dr Andrew Peters, Dr Emma Lee, Dr Justin Trounson and Professor Andrew Gunstone

28 May: Indigenous Online Learners Experience, presented by Ash Francisco

19 November: Caring for Country inside the Illegal Clearing, presented by Mat Jakobi.

24 April: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Initiatives, presented by Dr Justin Trounson

1 June: The rapidly growing world of Indigenous Astronomy, presented by Dr Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli

4 December: Reconciliation Action Plans – Origins, Trends and Innovations, presented by Charlotte Lloyd

9 March: Indigenous Studies Projects Showcase, presented by Professor Josie Arnold, Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek, Dr Karen Hughes, Dr Andrew Peters and Dr Justin Trounson

2 June: How do Indigenous Australians read the stars, presented by Dr Duane Hamacher

31 August: Indigenous staff and students at Swinburne, presented by Professor Andrew Gunstone and Dr Justin Trounson

14 September: Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period, presented by Professor Javier Mujeto

2 June: Indigenous Research, presented by Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

26 July: Indigenous Knowledge Hub, presented by Professor Josie Arnold

23 September: The Dark Side of Indigenous Enterprise, presented by Professor Dennis Foley

1 December: Indigenous Research Ethics, presented by Andrew Peters and Professor Andrew Gunstone

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship Scheme

This scheme awards a fellowship grant, mentorship, research training and career development to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher each year.

The Swinburne Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship Scheme awards one three-year postdoctoral fellowship per year to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher. The recipient will undertake full-time research in a field that broadly aligns with one of Swinburne’s five research institutes:

Successful applicants will be supported by a fellowship grant, mentorship, research training and personal career development.

For enquiries, contact Professor Andrew Gunstone at agunstone@swinburne.edu.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellows

  • Dr Sadie Heckenberg (2019)
  • Dr Emma Lee (2018)
  • Dr Justin Trounson (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Research Award Scheme

This scheme funds an annual stipend and mentoring to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander postgraduate student each year. The Swinburne Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Research Award Scheme awards one three-year award per year to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander postgraduate student. The recipient will undertake full-time study in a field that broadly aligns with one of Swinburne’s five research institutes:

Successful applicants will be supported by a stipend and mentoring.

For enquiries, contact Professor Andrew Gunstone at agunstone@swinburne.edu.au.

Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues

The Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues is a peer reviewed academic journal publishing articles in all fields of Australian Indigenous Studies. We invite submission of manuscripts for the double-blind refereed articles section and for the commentaries section.

In publication since 1988, the journal’s Foundation Editor is Professor Andrew Gunstone. It is published twice yearly by Swinburne's National Centre for Reconciliation Practice. The views expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor, Editorial Board or Publisher. The journal is available online at Informit.

Annual subscriptions
  • Individual unwaged: A$20
  • Individual waged: A$30
  • Organisation: A$40
  • International: add A$30
Back copies

Please note that all back copies of the journal are available. Single issues cost $10 and double issues cost $20.

Please make cheques/money orders payable to: Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues.

Please return subscription information and payment to the following address:

Professor Andrew Gunstone

Editor — Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues

Swinburne University
National Centre for Reconciliation Practice
Internal Mail H94
PO Box 218 Hawthorn VIC 3122

+61 3 9214 5101

We invite the submission of articles and commentaries in any relevant discipline, including politics, public policy, education, history, cultural studies, law, art and health.

All submitted articles undergo a three-stage process: a review by the Editor, a double-blind refereeing process and an internal refereeing process by the Editor and the Editorial Board. All submitted commentaries are internally refereed by the Editor and the Editorial Board.

Articles should normally be between 3000 and 8000 words in length. Articles that exceed 8000 words are unlikely to be accepted. Commentaries should normally be between 1000 and 5000 words in length.

The manuscript itself should only show the title and an abstract of not more than 150 words. This abstract should be a concise summary, rather than an introduction, to the manuscript.

You should not submit a manuscript to the JAII and another journal simultaneously. You can provide your manuscript by sending an electronic attachment using Microsoft Word format.

You should also provide a cover sheet that contains: the title of the manuscript, author(s), a short (50 word) biographical note, academic or other affiliation and contact details, including a mailing address and an e-mail address. This cover sheet will not be sent to referees.

Editorial style


All manuscripts should be typed, single line spaced, justified and on one side only of A4 size paper. The margins should be 2.54 cm for the top and bottom and 3.17 cm for the left and right. Number all pages consecutively. Do not use double spaces between words or sentences. Use 12 point Arial font unless otherwise stated. The spacing settings should be 0 point. 


The article title should be bolded, centered and 14 point Arial font. Level 1 sub-headings should be bolded and justified. Level 2 sub-headings should be bolded, justified and in italics. A maximum of two levels of sub-headings can be used. There should be a single space (12 point Arial font) between headings and text. 


The abstract should be 12 point Arial font, justified and in italics. 


The left and right borders of paragraphs should not be indented. The first line of each paragraph should be indented 1.27 cm (except for paragraphs following headings, figures, tables or long quotations (see below)). The spacing settings of paragraphs should be 0 point. Line spacing should be single. There should be no space between paragraphs.


All long quotations (40 words and over) should be left and right indented 1cm and have no quotation marks. All quotes fewer than 40 words should have double quotation marks and be contained within the text. Any additions or font changes by the author to quotes should be noted in square brackets.

Citations and footnotes

The JAII uses a version of the Harvard system. The citation should include the last name of the author, the year of publication and, if appropriate, the page numbers. No comma separates the author, year and page numbers. A colon separates the year and the page numbers.

Do not use ‘p.’ or ‘pp.’ for page numbers. If citing a specific point, a page number should normally be included in a citation. Do not use terms such as ‘ibid’ and ‘op.cit.’ If there are more than three authors, use the name of the first author followed by ‘et al’. If a number of publications are cited together, use semicolons to separate the publications.

If an author has more than one publication in the same year, use ‘a’, ‘b’, etc. to differentiate the publications. If the author is an institution, it can be cited in an abbreviated form in the text and cited in full in the references. If citing long quotations (see above), place the full stop after the citation. 

Footnotes can be used to expand on an issue mentioned in the text. Footnotes should be used sparingly. They should be numbered consecutively and be placed at the bottom of the page. They should be 10 point Arial font and justified. The spacing settings of footnotes should be 0 point. Line spacing should be single. There should be no space between footnotes. The footnote numbers in the text should be written in superscript.


  • Jones (2005: 50) argued that …
  • It has been argued (Jones 2005: 50) …
  • One study suggests (Smith et al 2006: 10) …
  • Some have argued (Brown 2007: 20; Jones 2005: 50) …
  • Brown has argued consistently (2006a: 10; 2006b: 10) …
  • The CAR (2000: 100) states …

References should include the author’s surname, initial/s, the year of publication, title, and publication details. References should be listed alphabetically by author’s surname. If there are several publications from a single author, list the publications chronologically. 

Only include publications cited in the text and footnotes of the manuscript. References should be in 10 point Arial font, justified and have the second and following lines indented 1.27cm. The spacing settings of references should be 0 point. Line spacing should be single. There should be no space between references.


Books with one author

Behrendt, L. 2003. Achieving Social Justice: Indigenous Rights and Australia's Future. Sydney: The Federation Press.

Publications with two or more authors

Goot, M. and Rowse, T. 1991. ‘The ‘backlash’ hypothesis and the land rights option’. Australian Aboriginal Studies 1991(1): 3-12.

Chapters in Edited collections

Dodson, P. 2000. 'Lingiari: Until the Chains are Broken'. In Grattan, M. (ed.). Reconciliation. Melbourne: Bookman Press, 264-274.

Journal articles

Mansell, M. 1999. 'Forget the Preamble - Give us real rights'. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 2(3): 18-19.

Institutional publications

Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR). 2000. Corroboree 2000: Towards Reconciliation. Canberra.

Internet references

Dodson, P. 1996. ‘Reconciliation at the crossroads – Address to the National Press Club April 1996’.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/IndigLRes/car/1996/0104.html (accessed 8 September 2003).

Previous issues listed by volume number, issue number and topic: 

  • 1/1 | Native Title, Wik, Jabiluka Mine, Joyce Hall Profile 
  • 1/2 | Federal Politics, Pastoral Leases, Native Title, Marginalisation in remote areas 
  • 1/3 | Special issue - 1998 Federal Election 
  • 1/4 | Yunupingu Lecture, Ten Point Plan, Indigenous Employment 
  • 2/1 | Special issue - Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations 
  • 2/2 | Stolen Generations, Journey of Healing, Sorry Day, Apology 
  • 2/3 | Preamble, Reconciliation, Aden Ridgeway Interview, Patrick Dodson Lecture 
  • 2/4 | Spirituality, Astronomy, Whiteness, Workplace Ethics 
  • 3/1 | Special issue - Mandatory Sentencing 
  • 3/2 | Property Rights, Reconciliation, Olympic Games, Ray Martin Interview 
  • 3/3 | Social Justice, Native Title, Noel Pearson Lecture, Reparations Tribunal 
  • 3/4 | Rights, Emancipatory Learning, Politics of Scholarship, Deaths in Custody 
  • 4/1 | Canadian Issues, Music, Politics of Sport, Education Websites 
  • 4/2 | Education, Racial Hatred Act, 1967 Referendum, Koiki Mabo Biography 
  • 4/3 | Treaty, Self-determination, Canadian Self-government, Label of Authenticity 
  • 4/4 | Stolen Wages, Media and Education, Reconciliation Place, Indigenous Policy 
  • 5/1 | Treaty, Media, Health, Indigenous Identities 
  • 5/2 | Sentencing Discrimination, Reconciliation, Education, Stolen Wages 
  • 5/3 | Standpoint Theory, Music, Sovereignty 
  • 5/4 | Poverty, Stolen Generations, Urban Art, The Political Left 
  • 6/1 | Native Title, Stolen Wages, Reconciliation, Frontier Violence 
  • 6/2 | History of Government Policies, Indigenous Knowledge, NAIDOC 
  • 6/3 | Health, Epistemology, Education 
  • 6/4 | History Wars, Language and Native Title, Political Movement, Welfare Fund 
  • 7/1 | Indigenous Knowledge, Higher Education, ATSIC Reform 
  • 7/2 | Native title and Sovereignty, Yorta Yorta Struggle, Your Voice Campaign 
  • 7/3 | Indigenous Soldiers, ATSIC’ Achievements, ANTaR Report Card 
  • 7/4 | ATSIC and Indigenous Rights, Koori Justice, Petrol Sniffing 
  • 8/1 | Health Care and Nurses, Mathematics, Palm Island, Reconciliation 
  • 8/2 | Policing, AFL, Ridgeway Speech, Stolen Wages 
  • 8/3–4 | Special double issue - Reconciliation 
  • 9/1 | Humanitarianism, Native Title, Indigenous Affairs, Koori Heritage Trust 
  • 9/2–3 | Special double issue - The Howard Government 
  • 9/4 | Leadership, Identity, Media 
  • 10/1 | Media, Reconciliation, Canadian Indigenous Issues 
  • 10/2 | Special issue - Indigenous Researchers Forum 
  • 10/3 | Indigenous Policies, Indigenous Rights, The NT Intervention 
  • 10/4 | Identity and Cinema, Family Violence, Health Research 
  • 11/1 | Nyungar Cosmology, Engineering Higher Education, Stolen Wages 
  • 11/2 | Special issue – The Apology 
  • 11/3 | Academia and Disputed Space, Recruitment, Nulungu Lecture, Poetry 
  • 11/4 | Urban Issues, Sport, Sami Cultural Knowledge, Leadership, Governance 
  • 12/1–4 | Special issue - 2008 World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education Refereed Conference Proceedings 
  • 13/1 | Vocation Programs, The Apology, White Australian Policy 
  • 13/2 | Literature, Science Education, Social Security, Closing the Gap 
  • 13/3 | Special issue – Health Workers and Indigenous Communities 
  • 13/4 | Entrepreneurship, Racial Attitudes, Mediation, Health Workers, Rights, Enterprise 
  • 14/1 | Special issue – Demonstrating Indigenous Women’s Educational Leadership 
  • 14/2–3 | Special issue – Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Conference Proceedings 
  • 14/4 | Languages, Teachers, Minerals, Philanthropy, Health, Community Well-Being       
  • 15/1 | Rangers, Education, Art, Men’s Sheds, Social Attitudes, Entrepreneurship, Poetry 
  • 15/2 | Special issue – Current Perspectives on Indigenous and Multicultural Sports Studies 
  • 15/3 | Self-management, Galarrwuy Yunupingu Interview, Indigenous Arts, Community Development Training, Reconciliation and Governments, NTER, Poetry 
  • 15/4 | Special issue – Indigenous Entrepreneurship 
  • 16/1 | Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Family Violence, Health Policy, Policy Change and Partnerships, Poetry 
  • 16/2 | Wellbeing Action Framework, Aboriginal Art, Leadership and Schools, Management 
  • 16/3 | Racial Vilification, Rights, Oombulgurri, Men’s Groups, Indigenous Businesses 
  • 16/4 | Special Issue – More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) 
  • 17/1 | Cultural Competence, Sentencing Courts, Teaching and Learning, Ralpa Scheme, Poetry 
  • 17/2 | Entrepreneurship, Language, Logic, The Sapphires, Tourism 
  • 17/3 | Cultural Mapping, Mining and Employment, Indigenous Policy, Poetry 
  • 17/4 | Special Issue: Red Dirt Research in Remote Australia 
  • 18/1 | Special Issue: Maps, Dreams, History Revisited 
  • 18/2 | Indigenous Knowledge, Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Reconciliation Lecture, Representation and Power 
  • 18/3 | Margaret Preston and Assimilation, Sport and Men’s Sheds, Perceptions of Racism, Poetry 
  • 18/4 | Healthcare, Resilience and Well-being, Reconciliation Attitudes, Mental Health and Employment, Stronger Futures Act 
  • 19/1–2 | Special issue – Indigenous Content in Education Symposium Refereed Conference Proceedings 
  • 19/3 | Education and Well-being, Aboriginal Heritage Act, Indigenous Populations, Housing Policy, Reconciliation, Radioactive Waste Dumps, Film Review 
  • 19/4 | Cultural Awareness, Health, Rights and Racism, VET Programs 
  • 20/1 | Special issue – Indigenous Leadership and Entrepreneurship 
  • 20/2 | Women’s Health, Student Achievement, Police Recruitment, Men’s Programs, Ecological Knowledge 
  • 20/3 | Reconciliation and Food, Working with Children, Cultural Competence, Women’s Health and Wellbeing, Aboriginal Capital, Health 
  • 20/4 | Creative Writing, Stolen Wages, University Leadership, School Boarding Special Mini Issue 
  • 21/1–2 | Sport and Culture, Men’s Mental Health, Literacies and Knowledge, Racism, School Boarding Special Mini Issue 
  • 20/3 | Deficit Discourse, Indigenous Methodology, Astronomy, Media, Swinburne Barak-Wonga Oration (co-editor Angela Burt) 
  • 21/4 | Special issue – National Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Conference (co-editor Angela Burt) 
  • 22/1–2 | Special Issue – Corrections and Indigenous People: Looking Back and Moving Forward 
  • 22/3–4 | Implicit Bias, Disability Services, Employment, Fathering Discourses, Accessing and Completing Law, Employer Attitudes 
  • Dennis Foley – University of Canberra
  • Bronwyn Fredericks – University of Queensland
  • Bronwyn Reynolds – University of Tasmania
  • Mark Rose – Deakin University

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To contact the Moondani Toombadool Centre, please email Jessica Berry at jeberry@swinburne.edu.au.

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