Flinders University is the first Australian tertiary institution to join other Australian business leaders, the Australian Government and Indigenous leaders in a commitment to improve the employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As a Corporate Leader signatory, Flinders acknowledges its responsibility for developing and implementing measures to provide equal employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians and recognises that the future economic independence of Indigenous Australians depends to a considerable extent on their ability to be provided with access to work.

Memorandum of Understanding / S.T.E.P. Contract

Flinders University and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that sets out a framework for cooperation between them to increase employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians at Flinders.

As part of the MOU, Flinders undertakes to

  • increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed by it at an agreed level and retain them in permanent positions
  • implement its Employment Strategy for Indigenous Australians (ESIA) to achieve that objective
  • promote the Australian Government's Indigenous Employment Program to its student body, particularly the National Indigenous Cadetship Program .

As part of the MOU, DEWR will:

  • support Flinders to implement its Employment Strategy for Indigenous Australians by providing access to funding assistance for the appointment of an Indigenous Employment Coordinator
  • provide access to other Government funding assistance if needed
  • provide assistance, advice and support to the University in the development of its Indigenous employment strategies.

Both parties will promote the implementation of these initiatives as good practice for the employment of Indigenous people in the higher education sector.

Background To The MOU

Flinders University was established in 1966 and has one main campus located in the southern suburbs of Adelaide at Bedford Park. The campus is built on land whose traditional owners are the Kaurna people.

More recently, the University has established a physical presence in a number of areas: in Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln and the Riverland in regional South Australia, in south-west Victoria and in Alice Springs and Darwin in the Northern Territory. Flinders University also has overseas operations in a number of countries, particularly in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway and Singapore.

Flinders University has a strong commitment to pursuing meaningful community engagement, based on ensuring that its teaching, research and international programs, consulting and commercial activities, are accessible to the community, and pursuing strategies that will enable its resources to be available to contribute to and enrich the community. Flinders University seeks to consult with and respond to community needs, and develop effective partnerships with the community. It operates within a culture of harmonious and cooperative relationships at all levels, based on strong participation and consultation of all members of its community.

Flinders University is an employer of Indigenous people and now wishes to strengthen the position of Indigenous Australians in its workforce and to increase their representation, participation and retention in academic, higher skilled, management and other generalist positions within its workforce.

Professor Anne Edwards

Vice Chancellor

18 November 2005