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19. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment

19.1 There is a commitment to the key objective of increasing the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples employed at the University. A University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workforce Strategy has been developed to:

  • increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and participation at all levels and in all organisational areas of the University;
  • maximise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee development and career opportunities in order to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, job skills, job satisfaction, job security and economic empowerment; and
  • facilitate and encourage the direct involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in determining their own employment and career goals, strategies and ambitions, in accordance with their own aspirations.

19.2 The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workforce Strategy Committee will oversee the implementation and operation of the Strategy including regular reporting of progress towards the achievement of strategies and activities.  The implementation and operation of the Strategy will be in accordance with the principles set out in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Procedure. This Procedure will not be changed without consultation with employees and the Unions through the Staff Consultative Committee.

19.3 The Committee established in accordance with Clause 19.2 will consist of representatives outlined in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Procedure. The Committee will consist of representatives from University senior management, the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, academic and professional employees, Unions, and the Human Resources department.

19.4 The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workforce Strategy identifies appropriate targets to increase the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. At the University, the targets are based on the Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2018-2020 which is to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employees to 3%. The University is committed to the objective of increasing the levels of employment and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at all levels of work activity in all operational areas of the University. Supervisors will ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employees are supported to participate in relevant activities as outlined in the University's Work Allocation Procedure.

19.5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and ceremonial leave

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees will be entitled to paid leave up to a maximum of five working days, and leave without pay up to a maximum of ten working days, per calendar year for the purpose of fulfilling ceremonial obligations. Fractional employees are entitled to this leave on a pro-rata basis. An employee may elect to use annual leave in lieu of any unpaid leave granted in accordance with this sub-clause.