We are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' learning, discovery and engagement, and promotes a diverse and inclusive workplace that is reflective of the wider community.

The UQ Strategic Plan outlines how the strategies and objectives aligns with our mission to:

  • strive for the personal and professional success of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and alumni
  • positively influence society through knowledge
  • support and develop inspirational leadership
  • advance ideas that benefit the wider community.

Employment strategy

We are committed to the ongoing employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all academic and professional roles and levels.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2016–2017 (PDF, 1.4MB) outlines the pathways to achieving this commitment through 3 main objectives:

  • providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • ensuring UQ is an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • ensuring UQ is a safe, culturally embracing environment.

We recognise and value the significance and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our pursuit of excellence through learning, discovery and engagement.

UQ has supportive and inclusive policies and procedures, such as acknowledgement of the need to take leave for Sorry Business and NAIDOC activities.

Employment initiatives:

  • UQ Indigenous Traineeship Program: offers the opportunity to work, learn and be part of the UQ community at the same time.
  • UQ Indigenous Temps: placement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in short-term temporary positions in areas such as finance, general administration, reception, personal assistant, project work and Information Technology.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Steering Committee

The committee is responsible for shaping and monitoring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy.

We meet 4 times a year to:

  • develop and coordinate strategic actions regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment
  • provides recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor and President.

We are made up of representatives from a range of staff including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, union, and senior management representatives.

UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network

This network provides a regular opportunity to get together, share stories, make connections and discuss how UQ can keep developing as an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network is open to all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff at UQ.

The network meets 4 times a year, providing an opportunity for a friendly staff catch up where we can have a yarn and discuss matters that are important to our community.

The creation of this network is an initiative from the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2016-2017.