The University of Newcastle, Australia

Cultural capability framework

The University of Newcastle has a nationally recognised history of achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and actively pursues a "whole-of university" commitment to Indigenous collaboration.

The Indigenous Strategy and Leadership team have developed the Cultural Capability Framework 2020-2025. The framework has been co-designed with key stakeholders within the University and externally to progress staff from Cultural Awareness to Cultural Responsiveness. The framework will sit within Student Success Strategy and will align with the Indigenous Education Strategy and a new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the University.

Cultural competency showcase day

Seven University of Newcastle Divisions presented their action plans to create a culturally safe and welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved with University at the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competency Showcase Day on 2 October 2013.

Auchmuty, Ourimbah and Huxley Libraries, Faculty Business and Law, Equity and Diversity Unit, Student and Academic Services and Faculty Engineering and Built Environment presented some inspiring action plans to an audience of 60 University staff and community.  These actions plans are the final component of the University's Cultural Competency workshops which are offered to staff to enable the development of a greater knowledge and stronger understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

These workshops have attracted 390 participants since their inception in 2011. The workshops aim to enable positive changes in professional practice and capacity building for students and staff in working effectively within inter-cultural contexts.