Implementing the 2011–2013 RAP

VC with the RAP document

Setting faculty objectives

As the first step in implementing the RAP 2011–2013, faculties and administrative divisions set objectives for Indigenous development as part of the 2011 business planning process.

  • Faculties developed Indigenous Student Recruitment and Retention Plans setting out the actions required to increase the number of Indigenous Australians enrolling and succeeding in university studies.
  • Faculties and administrative divisions developed individual Indigenous Employment Plans.

Impact on student and staff numbers

The impact of faculty planning under the RAP has been significant, leading to overall increases in both student and staff numbers and, importantly, leading to an increase in the capacity of the University at large to consider and respond to the needs of Indigenous students and staff.

  • In 2010, a total of 195 Indigenous students were enrolled at the University, of these 75 were students who commenced their studies in 2010
  • In 2013, a total of 208 Indigenous students were enrolled at the University, of these 102 were students who commenced their studies in 2013.
  • In 2010, the University employed a total of 24 Indigenous staff, of these 11 were employed in academic roles and 13 were in professional staff roles.
  • In 2013 the University employed 61 Indigenous staff, of these 19 were employed in academic roles and 42 were in professional staff roles.
In the 2014 academic year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student numbers are anticipated to reach 260, and staff numbers are anticipated to reach to 70.


Other RAP achievements

Enhancing the Indigenous student experience 

A wide range of capacity-building and infrastructure projects have supported the growth of student and staff numbers and are laying the basis for further increases in coming years. 

Highest completion rates

The quality of Indigenous student experience plays an critical role in ensuring students succeed in their studies. The University of Melbourne has one of the highest completion rates among Indigenous students in Australia. As a University we are committed to maintaining this excellent result.

Driving cultural change

Increasing Indigenous student and staff numbers is an important driver of cultural change at the University. Increased numbers of Indigenous students and staff will result in an increased capacity of the University community overall, including its capacity to understand and contribute to a new future for Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians.

Read about the range of initiatives that support Indigenous development at the University of Melbourne. 


Strategic frameworks for future development

Consultation and auditing processes associated with implementation of the actions identified in the RAP have led to a strengthening of the University-wide frameworks for Indigenous development and implementation that inform the future direction of reconciliation action at University of Melbourne: 

Indigenous Student Plan 2013–2017 (Link to pdf)
  • I
ndigenous Employment Framework 2014–2016 (Link to pdf) 

  • Indigenous Research Agenda (draft document due for sign off in early 2014)

Outcome and Achievements Report

The report on the outcomes and achievements of the University of Melbourne Reconciliation Acton Plan 2011–2013 was finalised in March 2014.