Melbourne MicroCert

Acknowledgement of Country

Gain a richer understanding of Indigenous cultural protocols and creative practices and learn to deliver a respectful Acknowledgement of Country

Study mode
42.5 hours
Skills area
Wilin Online: Cultural Literacies

Upcoming sessions

Monday 26 April 2021


Delivered by the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, this Melbourne MicroCert will help you craft an original Acknowledgement of Country and give you a deeper awareness of Indigenous connection to place and Country.

You will be guided to write and present an Acknowledgement of Country that is culturally safe, grounded in place, and appropriate to your own position in Australian life. Learning in a way that uses the hand and mind working together, you will also engage in the creative activity of string-making. As you create, you will hear stories about how this practice represents the act of passing on knowledge, and how it was learnt and reawakened.

Acknowledgement of Country is the first in our Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series, which centres Indigenous approaches to learning and creating. Each Melbourne MicroCert in the series features an act of material making designed to spark conversation, develop cultural literacies and foster respectful engagement with Indigenous knowledges.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is designed to be valuable for a wide range of people. It will be useful to anyone seeking to deepen their own cultural awareness and promote respectful engagement with Indigenous cultures and communities.

It will be particularly beneficial for teachers and education professionals, arts workers and practitioners, community and cultural development workers and corporate, business or government leaders.

Key topics

Acknowledgement of Country offers an introduction to Indigenous knowledge approaches and frameworks of community, relationships and interconnectedness. You will explore topics such as:

  • Approaches to writing and presenting an Acknowledgement of Country
  • Indigenous creative and cultural practices and how to responsibly apply them
  • Research protocols and culturally appropriate approaches to knowledge-finding with communities.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Reflect on diverse Indigenous creative and cultural practices and relationship to place.
  • Follow cultural protocols and identify materials and traditional Indigenous technologies from Country.
  • Respectfully and responsibly apply principles of cultural safety and respond to shared knowledges.

Learning experience

This Melbourne MicroCert is delivered entirely online, allowing you to learn in your own time, from a location that suits you. The creative skills and techniques will be demonstrated via short how-to videos, which you can stop and start at your own pace. Further knowledge and stories will be shared via a series of short podcasts and video interviews, designed for you to replay as you engage in the practice of making.

Who will you learn from?

This course is led by Tiriki Onus, a Yorta Yorta man and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne. He is a successful visual artist, curator, performance artist and opera singer. His first operatic role was in the premiere of Deborah Cheetham’s Pecan Summer in October 2010, which he reprised in 2011 and 2012 for the Melbourne and Perth runs. He received the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust’s Harold Blair Opera Scholarship in 2012 and 2013. In 2015 he was the inaugural Hutchinson Indigenous Fellow at the University of Melbourne.


This Melbourne MicroCert involves a total time commitment of 42.5 hours. You will undertake nine hours of guided learning, an estimated 20 hours of independent study, and 13.5 hours dedicated to assessment activities.

Assessment includes:

  • Acknowledgement of Country: a six-minute video presentation of an Acknowledgement of Country that follows Indigenous cultural protocols and diplomacies (50%).
  • Making practice: a digital portfolio that presents both a creative outcome and a reflective text or video presentation. The making practice uses string as the primary material (50%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Acknowledgement of Country Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

Acknowledgement of Country has been developed by the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development. Based within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the Centre fosters innovation in the research, development, advocacy and presentation of Indigenous arts and cultural practice.

This Melbourne MicroCert draws upon the extensive knowledge of the Centre’s practitioners and researchers. To further support its delivery, a reference committee featuring industry professionals and senior elders and knowledge-keepers has been established to ensure content remains culturally literate and educationally relevant.

Pathways to further study

Acknowledgement of Country can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

  • Reciprocal and responsible sharing of Indigenous Knowledges
  • Indigenous cultural and creative IP
  • Indigenous community research.

Eligibility requirements

There are no eligibility requirements to undertake this Melbourne MicroCert.

Upcoming sessions

Monday 26 April 2021

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