Cultural Protocols Guide

The Centre Cultural Protocols Guide

What are cultural protocols?

Cultural protocols are the standards of behaviour that we use to show respect to each other. 

Every culture has different ways of communicating, and in order to be able to work with someone from a different culture in a respectful way, we need to understand how people might see, value or express things differently. 

This portal links to informative and practical information to support your work and engagement with Australian Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in a way that is culturally respectful.

JCU is committed to reconciliation.

JCU acknowledges, honours and respects the Elders, Traditional Owners and Historical People in the communities where our campuses and study centres are located, who shared their cultural insights, wisdom and knowledge to enable the development of this guide.

This guide to cultural protocols for JCU also supports our commitment to reconciliation with our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and the communities that we live and work in. This commitment is stated in JCU's Reconciliation Statement, launched in May 2008. 

The Protocols are also referred to in our Reconciliation Action Plan 2015- 2017, where we have set a target to engage JCU students and staff in the cultural protocols around Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country ceremonies to promote understanding and shared meaning behind these ceremonies.

Acknowledgement of Country

At JCU, we acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where we operate our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and future. 

JCU is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to the University and society.


JCU's Acknowledgement of Country is a cultural protocol. Your adoption of the acknowledgement will provide an example of how you can show your commitment to reconciliation.

Also see Cultural Protocols Guide - Acknowledgement of Country