Indigenous Employment

Dreaming of a new career?

We are proud to be a sector leader in Indigenous employment, education, and research with a commitment to innovation and engagement we will continue to lead by advocating for improved opportunities for all Aboriginal Torres Strait and Islander people.

We prioritise the embedding of Indigenous knowledge across the University to nurture an awareness of issues and a strong commitment to social justice.

Our Maligagu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2025 focuses on attracting quality applications for academic and professional positions at all levels across the University. We provide an internal environment that promotes professional and personal growth for Indigenous staff and develop strong collaboration with relevant community organisations.

We want a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents our staff and community and focuses on creating a workplace that respect, inclusiveness and safe cultural environment that encourages career development and focuses on staff retention.

The Employment Strategy and Action Plan reflects this commitment representative of the whole of University approach as a leader of Indigenous advancement and in providing a culturally safe environment for all our staff and students.

This Strategy endeavours to attract, recruit, development, and support our Indigenous academic and professional staff at all levels across our University to achieve career success, but to also grow our future Indigenous leaders.

With our dedication to excellence and equity, our focus on engagement, and our commitment to sustainability, we will build on the passion, commitment and expertise of our people to focus on collaboration, innovation and agility.

Our staff will be empowered and developed as outstanding thought leaders in a high-performing institution guiding students on their journey to becoming life-ready graduates, local ambassadors, and global citizens.

We are committed to developing a culture that strives for continuous improvement in health, safety and wellbeing that embodies strong leadership commitment, high levels of staff and student engagement, and is integrated into – not separate to – business decisions and processes.

See our list of current job vacancies.

Meet some of our Indigenous staff

Jesse Hodgetts Headshot

Jesse Hodgetts - Academic and Researcher

Jade Nicholson Headshot

Jade Nicholson - Student Cadet

Loren Collyer Headshot

Loren Collyer - Student Advancement Officer, Wollotuka

Taylah Gray Headshot

Taylah Gray - Student Cadet and Casual Lecturer

University of Newcastle - A place to work, a place to study, or do both!

Our campuses

Newcastle City Campus

In the heart of the city, our Newcastle City campus provides an integral link with industry across creative industries, business and law. The campus is a hive of innovation in the city centre. Our state-of-the-art facility NUspace delivers a ‘next generation’ university experience, while our innovation hub is where you can engage with entrepreneurs, innovators, startups and developers to produce ideas that challenge the conventional.


The original campus for the University of Newcastle, Callaghan is a beautiful mix of award-winning, architecturally designed buildings sitting across 140 hectares in a natural setting. Our relaxed campus environment allows you to study free from distraction.

With the centre of Newcastle just 10km away, the campus is well connected to key regional employers and industry, including the John Hunter Hospital and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). The campus is the central hub for education, humanities, social science, and the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), as well as nursing and health.

Central Coast

Halfway between Newcastle and Sydney sits the Central Coast region, with beautiful waterways, national parks and coastal towns. Our campus at Ourimbah offers study programs in business, education, humanities and social science, oral health therapy, podiatry and nursing and the sciences (food, coastal and marine and exercise and sports).

Our students benefit from strong links with local industry, and partnerships with the Central Coast Local Health District for specialised health degrees, world-class research and testing facilities, as well as growing opportunities for research. In 2021, the Central Coast Clinical School will take on its first students and expand our campus locations into Gosford.


Our Sydney campus, in the middle of Sydney’s central business district, offers world-class facilities and innovative styles of learning. A range of ELICOS English Language programs and postgraduate programs are offered at this campus including information technology, business administration and professional accounting.

The courses have been developed and designed with industry professionals and include applied learning to better prepare students for actual industry settings. Both the campus and programs are designed to meet the business needs of today, so that students can solve the challenges of tomorrow.

Indigenous Staff Support

  • Yarning network
  • Paid and unpaid leave for cultural activities and responsibilities
  • Indigenous Language Allowance
  • Several entry points, for example, traineeships, cadetships, mainstream recruitment, targeted and identified roles

Pre-Employment Assistance

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to contact our team for additional support during the application process:

  • A review of written applications and Curriculum Vitae / Resume.
  • Pre-interview support for interviews and how to prepare.

To access support, please email or call 02 4055 3038.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.