The University has had a long-term commitment to providing career opportunities for Indigenous people, and we have already made strong progress. From March 2011 to March 2018, we increased our Indigenous staff by 105 percent. By 30 June 2019 our total Indigenous staff reached 106. But there is still more work to do.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategic Framework 2019-21 enables us to build on our achievements to date and focuses on:
- cultural competence
- capability building
- engagement and partnership.
To support our ambition to increase our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff numbers to 75 academic staff and 97 professional staff by June 2021 (as stated in the University's Enterprise Agreement 2018-21), we provide targeted employment, traineeships and internships. For example, our 12-month traineeships combine full-time work with study, and will give you:
- practical experience in the workplace
- a formal qualification (Certificate II, III, IV and diploma level)
- the opportunity to build a network of industry contacts.
Our Indigenous Internship Program gives students 10 weeks of valuable work experience related to the degree that they are studying.