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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Career Development Strategy 2021 - 2024

1. Acknowledgements

USC acknowledges the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera, Turrbal, Jinibara and Butchulla/Batjala/Badtjala people, on whose lands we live, work and study. The University pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and values our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where our campuses are located.

The University also acknowledges the contribution and guidance of USC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members and members of the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Indigenous Advisory Committee in the preparation of this Strategy.

2. Introduction

USC recognises and values the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to improving the career opportunities and progression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in academic and professional roles. Our objective is to establish a culturally aware work environment, increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed by USC, and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to achieve their professional goals.

This Strategy supports the USC Strategic Plan 2021-2024 which articulates the University's commitment to the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities in the regions from Moreton Bay to Fraser Coast. Additionally, it aligns to the University's commitment to developing a workplace that nurtures, attracts and retains a diverse, high performance workforce.

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3. Key Priorities
Key Priority 1

Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed by USC

Action Accountability
Increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members to 3%, consistent with the Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017. Director, People and Culture and Directors/Heads of Schools
Investigate and establish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander internship opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that create a pathway to employment at USC. Director, People and Culture
Provide and promote flexible employment arrangements that allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to meet cultural responsibilities.

Supervisors

Provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and respected persons to contribute to university business through flexible and remunerated models.

Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement and Directors/Heads of Schools

 

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Key Priority 2

Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to achieve their professional goals

Action Accountability
Review and update the PPR training package to ensure PPR Supervisors are informed and skilled in delivering USC’s PPR process and in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to enhance their professional competency. Director, People and Culture
Identify the career goals and associated learning and development needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in PPR meetings. PPR Supervisors
Encourage the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in internal and external professional development initiatives that will enhance professional knowledge and skills. PPR Supervisors and Directors/Heads of Schools
Promote and encourage participation in the USC Study Assistance program to support further education and preparation for career advancement. Director, People and Culture
Maximise the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to network and discuss career related matters through the development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Forum. Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement
Encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff nominations for USC awards and recognition schemes including Excellence, Diversity and the HEA Fellowships. Director, People and Culture and relevant executive member responsible for overseeing award/scheme
Promote leadership opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff including secondment, shadowing and committee participation. Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement

 

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Key Priority 3

Provide a culturally aware work environment

Action Accountability
All USC staff are encouraged to visit the Share our Pride online package on commencement of employment, and to refer back to it as a resource as required. Director, People and Culture
All USC staff are provided with information about Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country practices.

Director, People and Culture and Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement

All USC staff are encouraged to participate in various cultural learning activities that are available on the Staff Learning and Development calendar. Director, People and Culture
Promote professional development opportunities to all staff with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in the curriculum and research available through C-SALT and Research Services. Director, CSALT and Director, Office of Research and Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement.
All USC staff are encouraged to participate in and acknowledge national and local dates of significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement

 

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