How does Melbourne Airport acknowledge First Nations peoples?

Melbourne Airport is committed to the ongoing process of reconciliation and understanding the Indigenous heritage of the land on which we operate.

We respectfully acknowledge the First Nations of the land on which our airport operates.

Melbourne Airport works closely with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Elders to manage and celebrate our First Nations cultural heritage and to deepen our understanding of the cultural values of the Land we operate on. We:

  • hold regular First Nations heritage inductions before any ground-breaking construction works begin
  • acknowledge and celebrate First Nations heritage and Country at public events and meetings throughout the airport precinct
  • complete cultural assessments of the airport, with over 85 per cent of Melbourne Airport’s 2,740 hectares assessed for cultural values and the remainder to be completed by the end of 2025.

Does Melbourne Airport have a Reconciliation Action Plan?

We are proud to formally commit to reconciliation through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that celebrates and promotes the traditions, laws and customs of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is core to how we work towards building relationships, respect and trust with our First Nations peoples and is a way to formalise the way in which we have been working with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Elders for many years.

Our RAP is currently in draft and will be finalised by mid 2023.

What is Melbourne Airport’s Reconciliation Action Plan?

Our RAP sets out Melbourne Airport’s commitment to working towards achieving genuine and sustainable reconciliation between Australia’s First Nations peoples and the wider community.

Through our actions and efforts, we aim to contribute meaningfully to Closing the Gap and reducing disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.