Exciting News! The Wurundjeri Corporation is moving! As of June 25th, 2024, our new location will be 675 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, 3067.

Exciting News! The Wurundjeri Corporation is moving! As of June 25th, 2024, our new location will be 675 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, 3067.

Request for Traditional Ceremony

Organisation/Company Making Request

Date Requested

Information about your event
Arrival Time:
Start Time:

Will there be any government Ministers or officials, Members of Parliament, Councillors, Mayors or other dignitaries present at your event? Please list full position title where applicable for acknowledgement purposes.

Filming, Audio Recording,Photography
Wurundjeri Council take every precaution to protect Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). All filming and/or audio and/or photography requests will be considered. Please note that this may involve additional fees and entering into a licensing agreement outlining the uses (including a sunset clause) of the cultural material. A team leader will be in touch with you to discuss your request further.

Ceremony and Pricing
Costs are indicative only
CeremonyRates (all ex gst)
Welcome to Country
Welcome to Country and Smoking
Welcome & Didge performance (yidiki)
Welcome & Smoking & Didge
Plus GST 10% $

Important Information
All Elders will be paid by Wurundjeri Corporation, please do not pay Elders directly. Cancellation: Full fee will be charged for cancellations within 24 hours notice. Cancellation for events on either the weekend or Monday must be made by 12pm on the preceding Friday to avoid a cancellation fee. A cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to events@wurundjeri.com.au

Billing Details

Notes / Special Instructions

You are only able to make a booking via the online form above. Once you make a booking you will be sent a confirmation email with a booking reference number. Your booking will then be processed, and we will be in contact with you to allocate an Elder to your event approximately 7 days prior to your event date. Please do not try to contact us before then.

To help us manage the influx of event bookings, we ask that you do not contact us about your booking until an Elder has been allocated to your event, which will occur approximately 7 days prior to your event date. Alternatively, if your event is less than 4 days away you can email us back with ‘URGENT’ in the subject line and we will get back to you as soon as possible – we thank you for your patience and understanding during this busy time.

To book an upcoming event, please fill out the online form at: https://www.wurundjeri.com.au/request-council-traditional-ceremony

If you want to book a separate smoking ceremony (for cultural reasons only), please email/respond with the date, time, your name, and contact details and we’ll be in touch.

To help you plan for your event, here are some frequently asked questions:

  • Elders do not wear specific cultural/traditional dress. Please respect our ways of being and do not ask for this at any time.
  • Please be aware that we no longer offer a not-for-profit discount. Again, to avoid embarrassment, please do not ask for a discounted rate.
  • Elders will bring all the materials they need to perform a ceremony – you do not need to supply anything for a Welcome to Country, or Smoking Ceremony.
  • An invoice will be sent to you following the completion of your event.

Wurundjeri is not able to provide a run sheet for your event. To assist you to plan for the ceremony please note the following:

  • A Welcome to Country can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to complete.
  • A Welcome to Country with a Smoking Ceremony can take between 5-20 minutes, depending on how many guests are in attendance.
  • A Digeridoo (Yidaki) performance can take between 5-10 minutes.

Please keep in mind that these times are an approximate only. Please respect our cultural practices and do not ask to modify ceremony times to fit in with your event – ensure you have enough time allocated for the full and proper cultural ceremony to occur before booking.

Wurundjeri's payment terms are 14 days from invoice date. In the event where your overdue account is referred to a collection agency and/or law firm, you will be liable for all costs which would be incurred as if the debt is collected in full, including legal demand costs.