Indigenous employment

Deadly careers

Work at a world-class university that respects culture and provides meaningful growth opportunities and career pathways for our staff.

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For over 35 years, Deakin has supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning and employment through the evolution of the Koorie Teacher Education Program, Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) and now the NIKERI Institute. Our commitment has resulted in over 1000 First Nations graduates, who are influencing an enormous range of community priorities and making change, from the grassroots level to the United Nations.

Following the appointment of our inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Innovation, respected Gunditjmara man Professor Mark Rose, we have a renewed focus on providing fulfilling, enriching and rewarding careers for staff across all aspects of our operations, including academic and non-academic opportunities. With campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, as well as a huge online presence, you can find your next career opportunity at Deakin.

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Benefits and initiatives

There are many benefits to working at Deakin, including pathways and initiatives specifically designed to support your success, such as:

  • cultural leave available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • access to the Indigenous Staff Network for peer mentoring and to build social connections with community
  • tailored training and professional development for First Nations staff
  • cultural spaces on campus
  • application support for First Nations job seekers

Learn more about benefits for all Deakin staff

Community wellbeing

Community wellbeing

Deakin values your cultural wellbeing and has a rich heritage with First Nations staff, students and partners, building community aspirations through the NIKERI Institute. We strive to exchange knowledge respectfully, give voice to our community and work in a way that promotes self-determination through truth.

Ready to apply?

We've put together some tips to help you with your application and information about what to expect once you've applied. Or you can contact our Strategic Advisor with any specific questions.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Deakin University acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of all the unceded lands, skies and waterways on which Deakin students, staff and communities come together.

As we learn and teach through virtually and physically constructed places across time, we pay our deep respect to the Ancestors and Elders of Wadawurrung Country, Eastern Maar Country and Wurundjeri Country, where our physical campuses are located.

We also acknowledge the many First Nations from where students join us online and make vital contributions to our learning communities.

Respect and candidate care

Deakin has vibrant and inclusive student and staff social groups that allow you to connect socially or seek support for any issues that you may have in a safe environment. We want all candidates to feel respected and comfortable in their identity and culture. As part of the recruitment process, we aim to provide a positive and respectful candidate experience that is culturally safe and supportive.


We deliberately use the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, First Nations, First Peoples interchangeably and in doing so acknowledge that while people have personal preferences, none of these terms are perfect and with that imperfection each carry nuanced residual forms of colonial power. This content is created with the core value of respect.

Get in touch

For a confidential conversation about our recruitment processes at Deakin, or to find out how we can support you with your application please contact our Strategic Advisor.

Helen Wheaton (Wotjobaluk)
+ 61 3 522 73751