Indigenous Employment - Strategy
The University has established and funded its own Indigenous Employment Strategy. An Indigenous Employment Coordinator was appointed in August 2000 to develop and implement the Strategy. A Management Plan has been developed and relationships have been established with local Indigenous communities and employment agencies. As well, a Cultural Awakening workshop is repeated regularly for staff in the University, and for local high schools with connections to the University. The Strategy focuses on the establishment of Traineeships and on the mainstreaming of Indigenous Employment.
The vision of the Strategy is:
"To establish and maintain a workplace environment which reinforces the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures and aspirations placed by the University in its Strategic Plan"
Projects under the Strategy include:
Short-term work opportunities
Short-term work or labour hire arrangements have been developed with Yamuloong Registered Training Organisation. Indigenous job seekers can register and be placed on a list to be on call for work within the University.
Opportunities have been created for a group of Horticultural Trainees from Youloe-ta Community Development Employment Program. The Trainees are given practical workplace experience in their field of study.
Partnerships with Indigenous Organisations
Informal partnerships have been established with a number of Indigenous and Community organisations. We are committed to establishing new partnership arrangements.