Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

Swinburne will be a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their heritage, cultures and spirituality are valued, respected and celebrated.

Swinburne’s Vision for Reconciliation is to create a university environment that builds on relationships based on knowledge sharing, mutual respect and understanding, and lifelong learning across all our core business areas, culture, research, teaching and learning, and engagement.

The Employee Experience

Our vision is to build a university culture that promotes and practically supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians to come together to learn and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

Our Indigenous Employment Strategy (2018-19) focuses on attracting quality applications for academic and professional positions at all levels across the University. We provide an internal environment that promotes professional and personal growth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Applying for positions

We are focused on assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates to secure a job with our university. We can help by providing the following services:

  • Providing feedback and tips on your resume
  • Interview preparation
  • Guided walking tour around campus.

During your employment

We are committed to supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to excel by offering:

  • Tailored professional development activities to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members so they can excel in their chosen careers
  • Monthly lunches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to get together, yarn, share experiences and offer peer support
  • All the other benefits available to Swinburne staff 

Ensuring a culturally safe environment

We take cultural safety seriously at Swinburne University because, not only is it our social responsibility, we know that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff will excel when their unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and experiences are respected and valued.

  • All staff are expected to complete a compulsory Indigenous Cultural Competency online module on commencement
  • Swinburne is designing an overarching Indigenous Cultural Competency Framework to ensure that different staffing cohorts receive the appropriate type and intensity of Indigenous Cultural Competency training.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Swinburne’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) builds on our long standing commitment, over two decades, to the education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. Swinburne’s leadership in reconciliation is recognised with an Elevate RAP, which demonstrates our leadership position championing initiatives to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and create societal change. We are proud of our proven track record of embedding reconciliation and effective RAP initiatives across the university.

Moondani Toombadool Centre

Established in 2018, the Moondani Toombadool Centre is responsible for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne, including governance, culture, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, teaching and learning, and research. Moondani Toombadool means ‘embracing teaching and learning’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri People.