A Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country should generally be undertaken at ALL official events. There may be exceptions, so please consult the Indigenous Higher Education Unit located on your campus.
The Welcome to Country ceremony is to be conducted ONLY by an Elder or a Aboriginal community person who belongs to the recognised traditional owner group on which the campus or function is located. If a Welcome to Country ceremony cannot be undertaken, then an Acknowledgement of Country is to be conducted.
An Acknowledgement of Country is a way that ACU can show respect for the Aboriginal culture and heritage. It is preferred that an Aboriginal community Elder or person such as a member of ACU staff undertake the Acknowledgement of Country. In their absence, a Chair, Speaker, Master of Ceremonies or other can begin the meeting or function by acknowledging that the event is taking place on the lands of the traditional owners. The particular Traditional owners should be named e.g. We acknowledge that this meeting is taking place on the traditional lands of the (name of group) people.
The Welcome to Country or Acknowledgment of Country should take place at the beginning of the traditional proceedings.
For advice on content and wording, please contact your Campus Indigenous Higher Education Unit: