Hearing the call of the bush

The University of Melbourne has a longstanding presence in the Goulburn Valley, with all ten faculties delivering world-class higher education and innovative projects within the region, and its regional partners. Our Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Department of Rural Health, and the Academy of Sports, Health and Education contribute to the thriving research and learning environment.

Students in the region located at the Shepparton and Dookie campuses receive a contemporary education in a rural setting with the programs delivered offering strong links to local industry leaders and pathways to employment.

The Engagement at Melbourne Strategy 2015-2020 aims to leverage existing relationships and enterprises to enrich learning, teaching and research by building closer ties with the wider community.

The University is working to further engage with the Goulburn Valley, and seeks to partner with Indigenous communities in the region, of key importance are the development of prospects in education, rural health and employment to grow future Indigenous leaders. One of the defining themes of the University's Reconciliation Action Plan is the association to 'our place.' There is a deep connection to the physical places on which the campuses are located, the University recognises that there is an opportunity to improve the lived experience of the University’s Indigenous community through shaping the physical environment and promoting cultural awareness and recognition.

The Academy of Sport Health and Education (ASHE)

The academy was formed in 2004 out of a partnership between the Rumbalara Football Netball Club (RFNC) and the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Rumbalara means 'end of the rainbow' and is the spiritual and cultural home of Goulburn Valley’s Aboriginal community - the people of the Yorta Yorta. ASHE is an important education program as it integrates the depth and wisdom of Indigenous Australian cultural knowledge with teaching and learning practices. In 2017, the academy supported 80 students.

The Dungala Kaiela Oration

Given its commitment to facilitating the conversations which will drive positive change, the University partners annually with the Kaiela Institute in operating the Dungala Kaiela ‘Defining Goulburn Murray’ Oration. The Goulburn Murray region is the Yorta Yorta Nation’s traditional boundary that incorporates the Goulburn Valley region, it includes the localities of Shepparton, Echuca, and Cummeragunja. The Oration addresses culture, climate change, economics and regional development, legal issues, health and society. It is a significant time and place to celebrate Aboriginal cultural identity and is an opportunity for constructing a collective vision for Greater Goulburn Murray region and its peoples.

Our Campus in the 21st Century


Collaborating with cultural partners such as the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), the University offers strong ties to its city-based campus, Victorian College of the Arts to develop cultural programs, distinctive performance-based activities, artist residencies and student placements.


Dookie Campus has the capacity to provide accommodation, social spaces and industry place-based learning environments, offering students and staff a unique regional experience.

Dookie Campus Farm Estate is a living laboratory with its broad acre farm, dairy, orchard and bush reserve. Connecting our campus to broader regional and national issues, Dookie’s state-of-the-art robotic dairy facilities contributes to research into milk production which is of local and international significance.