MGSE staff news

Audit of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains and Associated Objects

The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council advised the University in April 2017 of the new legislative requirements of section 14 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (the Act), which commenced on 1 August 2016.

This change requires that all public entities and universities which may hold Aboriginal Ancestral Remains and associated Aboriginal objects examine their holdings and report on any collections to the Council within two years of the commencement of the Act.

The current audit is being overseen by Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Chair of the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Oversight Committee (ATSICHO Committee) and Susie Shears, Museums and Collections Coordinator. Researcher Louise Murray is working with relevant staff to gather information and meet the reporting requirements.

If any Melbourne Graduate School of Education staff has knowledge of the existence of any Aboriginal Ancestral Remains and associated Aboriginal objects that do not form part of a Cultural Collection you must report these items.

Please download and fill out this form to report the existence of any remains or objects and return it to Louise Murray or you can call her on 8344 8672 if you have any queries or require further information.

The University plans to report the outcome of the audit to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council before 31 July 2018.

Professional Staff Conference 2018 - call for submissions

The Professional Staff Conference is designed to bring together professional staff from across the University to highlight best practice, share ideas, and provide professional development and networking opportunities to our vibrant staff community. It is an opportunity to interact, share experiences and learnings, collaborate, showcase our achievements and celebrate the role of professional staff at the University of Melbourne.

This year’s Professional Staff Conference will be held on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. With an overarching theme of Our World, Our Future, this conference takes a future-focus through the lenses of Innovation, Inclusion, Impact and Insight.

Call for submissions

The Professional Staff Conference team are excited to announce that submissions to present at the conference are now open! We invite submissions from both professional and academic staff members of the University.

We want to hear from you! Tell us about your take on Our World, Our Future!
How do the four sub-themes of Innovation, Inclusion, Impact and Insight speak to the future?

You are invited to explore the theme of Our World, Our Future in whichever way sparks your creative interest or prompts the flow of ideas – we encourage you to think outside the box!

Submissions can be based on opportunities you have capitalised on or innovative ideas you have explored. It can be best practice guidance, case studies, review of a critical project, or discussion of a current 'hot topic'.

Sub-theme starter questions

  • Innovation: How have youcreated innovation in your work? What might the future of work look like? How do we create a culture of innovation?
  • Inclusion: Who do you connect with in your work and how do we build those connections? How do we include those who are not included? How might we include students in our work?
  • Impact: How do we make a difference with what we do? How do we make a difference in what we do? What happens when things are disrupted?
  • Insight: What have you learned from your work? What expertise can you share with others? How can you help others grow by sharing your story?

Submissions do not have to be confined or restricted to a single theme and can cut across multiple themes or additional areas of interest. Presenters may be invited to collaborate with colleagues and participate in workshops with senior University leaders in the lead-up to the conference. Greater consideration will be given to presentations that demonstrate collaboration across disciplines, functional areas or with external organisations.

Call for submissions closes Sunday 24 June 2018

Want to know more about the themes or to submit your presentation ideas visit:

Have an idea, but need some help? Contact the Professional Staff Conference team via:

Construction on Leicester and Barry Street

The City of Melbourne is committed to improving community infrastructure and amenity to make Melbourne a more attractive place to live, work, shop and visit. As part of this commitment the City of Melbourne has engaged Citywide to complete the following construction works on the intersections of:

  • Leicester Street and Barry Street
  • Leicester Street and Queensberry Street
  • Barry Street and Pelham Street

Construction Period: From Thursday 21 June for a duration of 8 weeks (weather permitting)

Time: 7am - 7pm weekday including weekend as necessary

For any queries contact:

Louis Munforte
Works Officer
T: 9267 5180

Shen Chang
Project Officer
T: 9257 5238

Interior Building Audits 22 - 25 June

Campus Services is currently undertaking interior building condition audits for all University of Melbourne buildings at Parkville.

As part of this process, we need to audit building #278 - 100 Leicester Street Building.

These building inspections occur on about a 5 year cycle, with the last ones undertaken in 2013 and 2007. They cover all University buildings (we have just completed the non Parkville campuses). This well-established process provides a basis for future prioritisation of works and also to estimate backlog maintenance costs.

The exercise will consist of University staff entering buildings and assessing the general condition of the building fabric (eg. walls, flooring, doors, ceiling, fittings) and associated rehabilitation costs. It is anticipated that the auditors, which consist of a team of two people, will require about 1 minute in each room.

The building Audit will commence on Friday 22 June and anticipate it will take two audit sessions (Friday 22 June and Monday 25 June, each 9am – 12.30pm).