Manual of Policies and Procedures

A/8.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment

Contact Officer

Director, Oodgeroo Unit

Approval Date

16/10/2015

Approval Authority

Vice-Chancellor

Date of Next Review

31/10/2018

8.1.1 Policy principles
8.1.2 Application
8.1.3 Roles and responsibilities
Related Documents
Modification History

8.1.1 Policy principles

QUT seeks to actively pursue new and diverse ways of creating, sharing, and valuing knowledge through the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rich cultural capital, in all areas of the University’s operations.

QUT aims to increase the access, participation and successful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students.

QUT seeks to be a leading institution through the full engagement with, and participation of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is committed to:

  • the provision of outstanding learning environments and programs that lead to excellent outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates, enabling them to work in and guide a diverse and complex world characterised by accelerating change
  • high-impact research and development in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander selected areas, at the highest international standards, reinforcing our applied emphasis and securing significant commercial and practical benefits for the community and for our partners
  • a university community that recognises the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; actively participates and seeks opportunities to learn about and celebrate Australia’s rich Indigenous cultures; and collectively (and individually wherever possible) commits to taking action to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their pursuit of improving their economic and social conditions  
  • strong and broad strategic partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entities, professional and broader communities in reflection of our academic ambitions and our civic responsibility
  • increasing employment rates and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at all levels of the University.
QUT endorses the rights of Indigenous peoples articulated within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration articulates specific education rights related to access and participation, cultural preservation and knowledge protection.

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8.1.2 Application

This policy provides the foundations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities, and actions articulated within QUT’s Blueprint, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan, QUT Reconciliation Statement (A/8.3), and relevant teaching, learning, research, and employment policies, plans, and strategies. The annual report to Council on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan will monitor progress on the implementation of this policy.

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8.1.3 Roles and responsibilities

Indigenous Education, Research and Employment Committee

The Indigenous Education, Research and Employment Committee (IEREC) (A/8.2) is responsible for preparing, monitoring and reporting to the Vice-Chancellor on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment issues at the University.

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Related Documents

QUT Blueprint 4

MOPP A/8.2 Indigenous Education, Research and Employment Committee

MOPP A/8.3 QUT Reconciliation Statement

MOPP A/8.4 Equal opportunity and diversity

MOPP A/8.7 Cultural diversity and anti-racism policy

QUT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan

QUT Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander terminology

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  (particularly Articles 5, 13, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 31.)

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
16.10.15 All Vice-Chancellor Revised policy
25.05.15 All Vice-Chancellor Revised policy to reflect terminology as set out in the QUT Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander terminology
29.11.07 All Vice-Chancellor Policy renamed and renumbered to A/8.1 (A/8.1.2 formerly A/8.5; A/8.1.3 formerly A/8.5.3) as part of revised policy framework for social justice (endorsed by Equity Board 23.08.07)
08.07.04 A/8.1.2 Secretariat New section (relocated from former I/3.1.1)

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