At the heart of Flinders University, from its birth in 1966, is our commitment to social justice and human well-being. This runs through all of our learning and teaching, our research and our collaborations and is the passion of our staff. The University's Strategic Plan highlights our commitment to this purpose.

We engage with our communities to enhance the social, cultural and economic lives of the regions we serve, in South Australia, the Northern Territory and across Australia and the world. In particular, we reaffirm our commitment to working with Indigenous communities and across the centre of Australia which, in part, will be taken forward through our Indigenous Engagement Framework.

The Flinders Indigenous Engagement Framework has, as its first goal, a commitment to increase the diversity of the Flinders workforce through the employment, retention and career progression of Indigenous people, in both academic and professional staff positions through:

  • Developing a range of entry-level positions, via cadetships, traineeships, student employment, graduate development and work experience programs
  • Providing career opportunities for existing staff through academic promotion and preferential lateral transfer where qualified
  • Developing training and mentoring programs that assists Indigenous staff to achieve academic promotion.

The University has set a target of 60 Indigenous staff by 2016.