Protocols for Respecting and Acknowledging Country Procedure

Document Number000809
Date Approved23 March 2007


1.      Context

This procedure supports the  implementation of the Protocols for Respecting and Acknowledging Country Policy [000808] and must be read in conjunction with that document.

2.      Procedure

2.1.     At the beginning of an appropriate function, a chair or speaker begins by acknowledging that the meeting or function is taking place in the country of the traditional custodians.

2.2.     Where the name of the traditional custodians is known, it is specifically used. Where it is not known a general acknowledgement is given.

2.3.     Two versions of  wording to be used for the Acknowledgement of Country on the Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie campuses follow:

2.3.1.       For the Callaghan Campus:

“We acknowledge and respect the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal people, traditional custodians of the land on which this campus of The University of Newcastle is situated.”

OR

“The University of Newcastle respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians: the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal people on whose traditional land this Callaghan campus of The University of Newcastle is located.”

2.3.2.       For the Ourimbah Campus:

“We acknowledge and respect the Darkinjung people, traditional custodians of the land on which this campus of The University of Newcastle is situated.”

OR

“The University of Newcastle respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians: the Darkinjung people on whose traditional land this Ourimbah campus of The University of Newcastle is located.”

2.3.3.       For the Port Macquarie Campus:

“We acknowledge and respect the Birapai people, traditional custodians of the land on which this campus of The University of Newcastle is situated.”

OR

“The University of Newcastle respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians: the Birapai people on whose traditional land this Port Macquarie campus of The University of Newcastle is located.”

2.4.     Additional, appropriate words may be included where circumstances warrant.

3.      Essential Supporting Documents

3.1.     Protocols for Respecting and Acknowledging Country Policy 000808

4.      Related Documents

4.1.     The University of Newcastle Institutional Strategic Plan 2007-2011

Approval AuthorityVice-Chancellor
Date Approved23 March 2007
Date for Review23 March 2010
Policy SponsorVice-Chancellor
Policy OwnerDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Policy ContactHead of School, Wollotuka
Amendment History

Policy Owner modified from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Global Relations) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) to reflect structural changes from 1 January 2013, The Secretariat, 21 August 2013.