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This commitment is led by our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Zlatko Skrbis. His leadership advocates strong community engagement, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Forming strategic partnerships with community
Our commitment to being a leading-practice employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is guided in a practical way by the ACU Mission.
Our Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation was formally endorsed by the Australian Catholic University Senate in 1998. To further progress ACU’s reconciliation journey, the ACU Reconciliation Action Plan (Innovate) was launched in 2019 and supports enabling a broader change agenda that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Employment Strategy is a key driver for employment and building cultural capability across ACU.
The strategy includes a range of proactive recruitment initiatives and cultural supports for Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff members. ACU aims to increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff at all levels of the University across academic and professional streams and to support staff members to reach their full potential.
Extensive consultation and collaboration on our initiatives is undertaken with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the University’s Indigenous Higher Education Units (IHEUs).
Support offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
Practical and professional support for employment matters is provided by the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and can be tailored to meet the needs of the community members or organisational units. Support is available throughout the recruitment and selection process and through staff member’s employment journey with ACU.
Staff support initiatives include:
- Expert advice and practical support in the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and selection initiatives for supervisors and managers
- Specialised induction to support onboarding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members and supervisors and managers
- Regular contact and ongoing support with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, supervisors and managers
- Facilitating the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network meetings, by bringing staff together regularly to discuss ACU matters and Indigenous higher education matters, and provide an opportunity to network and meet staff
- Offer staff career development opportunities including additional entitlement to study leave.
The University supports the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events each year and programs activities across various campuses for NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week activities.,
For further information visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment page or contact the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment.
Generous benefits available for all staff
Along with a commitment to supporting diversity in our workplace, ACU offers a range of attractive benefits for staff.