Melbourne Business School Short Courses MURRA Indigenous Business Program

MURRA Indigenous Business Program

Deepen your business skills with a course designed for Indigenous entrepreneurs and professionals.

3 modules over 12 days

MURRA Indigenous Business Program Overview

MURRA is named after the word for "fish net" in the Woi Wurrung language of the Wurundjeri people of Melbourne.

It represents a gathering of Indigenous entrepreneurs and professionals who are joined by a common purpose to develop business opportunities for the benefit of their communities.

If you are an Indigenous entrepreneur or professional and would like the tools to grow your business and develop economic opportunities for your community, this is the program for you.

Who Should Attend the MURRA Indigenous Business Program?

Indigenous Professionals

  • Who are small business owners, entrepreneurs or professionals, wanting to develop their business knowledge and confidence.

Indigenous Managers

  • Who work in corporations, government, not-for-profit, prescribed bodies corporate, land councils and other traditional owner entities.

MURRA Indigenous Business Program Key Takeaways

Practical Business Frameworks

  • Grow and consolidate your business, organisation and career
  • Understand key areas that are vital to success: strategy, finance, marketing, people and talent, negotiations and leadership.

Networking and Relationships

  • Experience the power of informal relationships that continue beyond the program
  • Collaborate with a diverse cohort that provides joint venture and other opportunities for Indigenous Business in Australia.

Post-program Support

  • Draw on our faculty and the MURRA alumni for mentoring and consulting support.

MURRA Indigenous Business Program Topics Covered

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Strategy & Marketing

Develop growth-oriented business strategies and learn how to effectively engage and drive demand and awareness.
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Use your financial skills to put your business or organisation on a solid footing.
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People and Talent

Develop an effective workforce and retain top talent to achieve your organisation's goals.
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Negotiate deals, contracts and manage disputes to deliver positive outcomes.
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Develop your unique skills to lead in the Indigenous business sector and beyond.

MURRA Indigenous Business Program Success Story

I absolutely loved MURRA. My cohort had some amazing people from all around the country, who inspired the idea behind Indigenous Business Month, to share our business success stories and breakdown negative stereotypes.

Co-founder, 33 Creative and Indigenous Business Month

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MURRA Indigenous Business Program Key Facilitators

Michelle Evans


Michelle is an Associate Professor of Leadership as well as the Director of the MURRA Indigenous Business Program. Her area of research focus in Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship.

Ian Williamson


Ian is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce at Victoria Business School in New Zealand. His area of focus is how organisations recruit, select and retain knowledge workers.

Don O'Sullivan


Don is a marketing and brand expert who studies the impact that marketing activities have on company performance. He has worked with brands including Johnson & Johnson, NAB and Nestle.

Geoff Martin


Geoff worked at the highest levels of international finance before becoming an academic focusing on risk-taking by executives. He has received several research excellence awards from the University of Melbourne.

Jen Overbeck


With a PhD in social psychology, Jennifer specialises in organisational behaviour, negotiation and people management, and conducts research into the ways in which power is used in the workplace.

Michal Carrington


Michal is an expert on ethical consumption, shopper behaviour and strategy. She is a former Research and Engagement Manager at Target and MBA Director of Programs at La Trobe University.

Anne Lytle


Anne is a Professor of Leadership at Monash Business School who has served as a consultant to the United Nations as well as a principal investigator for the Hong Kong government.

Brad Potter


Brad is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and head of the Department of Accounting. He has collaborated with key organisations, including CPA Australia, CA ANZ, key NGOS, accounting standard setters and government regulators.

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This is a residential program in which participants stay on campus and engage in workshop activities after hours. The program fee covers tuition, meals and accommodation.

Enrolment in MURRA is subsidised to enable participation of Indigenous entrepreneurs and managers from across Australia. This is made possible thanks to generous sponsorship by:


     Morris Family Foundation | MURRA | Melbourne Business School          Global Forwarding | MURRA | Melbourne Business School 


Dates for the 2024 intake are:

Module 1 - 13-16 May 2024;

Module 2 - 15-18 Jul 2024;

Module 3 - 16-19 Sep 2024

Please download and complete the MURRA Indigenous Business Program prior to your application.

Closing Date: Close of Business 14 April 2024

Supplementary Questionnaire

Please download and complete the MURRA Indigenous Business Program supplementary questions form.

An Admissions consultant will contact you for this document as part of the application assessment process.

Contact Us

Associate Professor Michelle Evans - Director, Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business Leadership

“Increasing Indigenous academic participation and culturally relevant course material and bringing our programs to the community is how we demonstrate that we are committed to democratising business education and making our programs accessible to all.”