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The University of the Sunshine Coast knows that showing respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, land, cultures and histories is critical to working together for better outcomes for all Australians and achieving our commitment to advance human rights within a respectful and inclusive society.

Focus area: The Reconciliation Action Plan will provide the overarching framework to assist the University in embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander–specific initiatives and actions within day-to-day practice across the University.

Action

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Responsibility

  1. Training and development for all staff to increase diversity capabilities around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, perspectives and achievements.
  • Develop cultural training which invites, raises awareness and socialises for USC staff whilst defining the continuous cultural learning needs of employees in all areas of our business, and considers various ways cultural learning can be provided (online, face to face workshops or cultural immersion)
  • Develop training resources and a calendar of opportunities for staff to participate in anti-racism training, ensuring reflection and engagement with contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues
  • All RAP Working Group members undertake cultural learning activities
  • Provide opportunities for Reconciliation Review Committee members, RAP champions, Human Resource managers, other key leadership and all staff to participate in cultural training.
  • Participation in cultural learning activities will be monitored and Human Resources will report outcomes to the Equity and Diversity Committee
  • July 2017
  • July 2017
  • July 2018
  • July 2018
  • July 2018

Vice-Chancellor and President
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
Director Human Resources
Executive Deans
Director Centre of Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT)
Head Indigenous Services

  1. Embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols to ensure that all staff and students are aware of and familiar with local and national cultural protocols.
  • Develop and implement a plan to promote awareness to staff and students of appropriate use of cultural protocols for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Custodians
  • Embed in practice the involvement of a local Traditional Custodian to provide a Welcome to Country at all significant USC events, such as Orientation Week, Graduation, Open Days, Diversity Week, NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week
  • All staff and the senior leadership team to provide an Acknowledgement of Country at all public events
  • Maintain and review a list of key contacts for organising a Welcome to Country
  • Include Acknowledgement of Country at the commencement of major internal meetings
  • Develop and provide material on Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country in staff Induction papers
  • Display Acknowledgement of Country plaque at USC main offices and at the bottom of University web pages.
  • March 2017
  • June 2017
  • June 2017
  • April 2017
  • March 2017
  • June 2017
  • February 2018

Director Human Resources
Director Marketing and External Engagement
Director Centre of Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT)
Director Student Services and Engagement
Head Indigenous Services
Executive Deans
Manager Academic Secretariat
Director Asset Management and Services
Director of the Office of the Vice -Chancellor and President

  1. Celebrate and engage the University community and provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff with opportunities to engage with culture and community during NAIDOC Week.
  • Review HR policies and procedures to ensure that staff participation in NAIDOC Week is not hindered
  • Provide opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to participate in local NAIDOC Week events.
  • Hold and sponsor NAIDOC Week events which are promoted to all staff and students via a variety of media and communications
  • Support public awareness of NAIDOC Week events through media, website and other communication channels
  •  July 2017
  • July 2017
  • July 2017

Director Human Resources
Director Marketing and External Engagement
Head, Indigenous Services
Director Student Services and Engagement

  1. Embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives into the curriculum of all USC programs.
  • Implement the approved framework and action plan, through the following actions.
  • Approval of resources (financial and otherwise) to support the development and implementation of the communication plan for the promotion and articulation of the embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives in the curriculum.
  • Establish a process to progress the embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives in curriculum.
    • Articulate the role of the School based "Sponsors"
    • Ensure linkages with the University's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Indigenous Advisory Committee and others including - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, organisations, Elders and knowledgeable others.
    • Review the effectiveness of the Action Plan
    • Identification of sponsors within each School who can lead and advise colleagues in the embedding process, who will liaise with Indigenous and non-Indigenous mentors (within USC and beyond), other staff, including Associate Deans of Teaching and Learning, C-SALT and other staff with relevant expertise.
    • Inclusion of embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives in curriculum into:
  • the University's policy and procedures framework
  • The University's Academic Plan
  • The University's student engagement strategies.
  • Development of a network of discipline related communities of practice comprised of staff and community with experience or expertise of embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives in the curriculum.
  • Establish & maintain the repository of resources to support good practice in the embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives in the curriculum.
  • Monitor the progress of embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives in the curriculum.
  • March 2017
  • March 2017
  • June 2017
  • December 2017
  • July 2017
  • July 2017
  • July 2017
  • July 2017
  • November 2018 Ongoing

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
Chair Academic Board
Chair Learning and Teaching Committee
Director Centre of Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT)
Executive Deans
Manager Academic Secretariat
Heads of School

 

  1. Improve and increase the number of academic courses that promote increased awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, perspectives and achievements and Reconciliation.
  • Review and update current content in courses in alignment with the Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives into the curriculum framework
  • Promote the enrolment of students into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies across multiple courses
  • December 2019
  • December 2019

Chair Academic Board
Chair Learning and Teaching Committee
Heads of School
Director Centre of Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT)

  1. Create and display names for University places and spaces using Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words at all USC locations.
  • Name University places and spaces with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language words or terms
  • Facilitate discussion with staff, students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and Traditional Owners to explore the potential appropriate use of other language groups' names/terms for USC facilities
  • July 2018
  • July 2018

Head Indigenous Services
Director Asset Management Services

  1. Celebrate and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates of significance.
  • Include dates of key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates and events in the university calendars
  • Encourage a whole of university presence at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific event dates of significance
  • Indigenous Services to provide list of key dates and events for inclusion in website events calendar
  • July 2017
  • July 2017

Director Marketing and External Engagement
Director Student Services and Engagement
Director Information Services
Director Human Resources
Head Indigenous Services

  1. Augment the USC Diversity Week to include an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander component
  • Incorporate relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific activities in the USC Diversity Week program
  • Consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, communities and Traditional Custodians on appropriate cultural activities to include
  • August 2017
  • August 2017

Chair Vice- Chancellor and President's Equity and Diversity Committee
Director Student Services and Engagement
Director Human Resources
Head Indigenous Services

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