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As Victoria and other Australian jurisdictions engage in the early stages of treaty negotiations, it is vital the parties involved have a fundamental understanding of the treaty process.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores the role that treaties have played, and might play, in relations between Indigenous peoples and contemporary settler societies.

It's ideal for people who will be involved in treaty negotiations, including professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as First Nations.

Gain a deeper understanding of treaty and other forms of agreement-making

Develop a comprehensive understanding of what defines treaty, and contrast this with other forms of agreement-making between Indigenous peoples and settler states.

Examine treaty relationships historically and today

Draw on historical and international examples to explore the strengths and weaknesses of treaty relationships. Engage with current thinking about treaty, and consider the possibilities and limitations treaties present for transforming contemporary relations.

Understand emerging treaty processes in Australian jurisdictions

Discuss the emergence of the treaty processes in Victoria and other Australian jurisdictions. Consider the principles that should underly contemporary treaties, and how these could inform a treaty in Victoria today.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Sarah Maddison

Director, The Australian Center, University of Melbourne

Sarah is interested in work that helps reconceptualise political relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian settler state. She's published widely in this field, including as author or editor of nine books. She's led numerous research projects and was an ARC Future Fellow for 2011-14, undertaking a project that examined reconciliation in Australia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Guatemala.

Matthew Campbell

Subject Coordinator

Matthew Campbell has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (RMIT), a Master of Applied Anthropology (ANU), and has recently submitted his PhD at Charles Darwin University. His PhD explores situations in which Indigenous and non- Indigenous people, working together, become aware that the goals or ends of that work are not necessarily shared. The thesis draws on two decades of work in Northern Australia to examine the processes by which such challenges were identified, made explicit and addressed.

Dr Julia Hurst


Julia (Darug/Dharawal/Stolen Generation descendent) is a lecturer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and is Deputy Director of the Australian Centre. Her research explores fundamental questions of Australian Aboriginal identity in 21st century Australia, including the role of truth-telling in relation to treaty, and she has worked across academia, the arts and corporate sectors.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Preparing for Treaty series

This series covers the critical knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to develop meaningful relationships between First Nations and governments or organisations, with the goal of progressing and transforming treaty negotiations.

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For individuals

To take Understanding Treaty as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Feb 26, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Understanding Treaty, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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27 February – 9 April 2023

Registration closes Feb 26, 2023

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