This Indigenous Advisory Committee makes recommendations to and advises the Vice-Chancellor and President on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy matters relevant to the University. The role of the Committee is to provide strategic advice and guidance to the Vice-Chancellor and President on the achievement of outcomes for Indigenous students and staff, and research and curriculum matters associated with the University, consistent with the Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment initiatives.
Terms of Reference
To advise the University on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student matters including equitable access, participation, retention and success.
To monitor outcomes and advise on strategies to increase the employment and career development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in academic and non-academic roles at the University.
To review the impact of University and government policy developments on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and student outcomes.
To collaborate with employer and industry/professional bodies to build and extend pathways into higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
To advise on development of the University’s Indigenous cultural competence, including the strategic direction and excellence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and research.
An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander member of University Council (Chairperson)
- Aunty Debra Bennet
Vice-Chancellor and President
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
Community members (3)
- Mr Harry Pitt
- Mr Grant Shaw (Tank)
- Aunty Helena Gulash
Manager, North Coast Region Indigenous Education Unit, Education Queensland
State Government representative
- Ms Melanie Stewart
Industry/professional representatives (2)
- Ms Terri Waller
- Aunty Kym Harrison
Manager, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), USC
- Mr Jordan Dwyer
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives of Faculty (2)
- Ms Deborah Dank (Faculty of Arts, Business and Law)
- Aunty Leone Smith (Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering)
Buranga Indigenous Student Committee (BISC) Co-Chairs (2)
- Luke Cosgrove
- Keely Dewson
Buranga Centre Head of Indigenous Services
Director, Human Resources
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of USC staff are welcome to be in attendance at meetings of the Indigenous Advisory Committee.
The Indigenous Advisory Committee may invite any person to attend specific meetings, or co-opt members to the Committee or as part of working parties or sub-groups, to assist the Committee in its deliberations or undertake nominated tasks.
Tenure and frequency of meetings
- There will be at least three meetings of the Committee each year
- Members, other than ex officio members, serve for a period of two years
A call for expressions of interest for vacancies is made at the commencement of each new term of appointment. Notification is broadcast through the Sunshine Coast Indigenous Network Group and directly to relevant government, professional and industry bodies, academic institutions, and other individuals.
Meeting schedule 2016
- Tuesday, 23 February 2016
- Tuesday, 28 June 2016
- Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Meeting reports 2016
Meeting - 23 February 2016
Meeting reports 2015
Meeting - 8 December 2015
Meeting - 20 July 2015