Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the unceded lands and waterways on which Deakin University does business. We pay our deep respect to the Ancestors and Elders of Wadawurrung Country, Gunditjmara Country, Wurundjeri Country and Boon Wurrung Country.

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For over 30 years, Deakin has been supporting 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. This commitment has resulted in over 1000 First Nations graduates who are influencing an enormous range of community priorities and making change everywhere 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, Deakin has a renewed focus on providing fulfilling, enriching and rewarding careers for mob across all aspects of our operations, including both academic and non-academic opportunities. With campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, as well as a huge online presence, your next job is calling!

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Benefits and initiatives

  • Cultural leave available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • Indigenous Staff Network that you can join to form social connections with other mob
  • Specific development opportunities for First Nations staff
  • Cultural spaces on campus
  • Support for First Nations job seekers
  • Curriculum across all disciplines is currently being transformed to embed Indigenous Knowledges and perspectives, and ensure ‘culturally intelligent’ staff and graduates.
  • Deakin also offers the Community-based Delivery education model to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from all over the continent through the NIKERI Institute. This allows for interaction with a diverse range of mobs and the ability to create deadly connections for both students and staff.

Learn more about benefits for all Deakin staff

Respect and candidate care

Deakin has student and staff social groups that allow us to connect with each other and yarn about positive things that are happening in our life, work or study, and also seek support for any issues that you may have. 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.

Want to know more about the application process? We've put together some tips to help you develop your application, and information about what to expect after you've applied. You can also contact our Indigenous Inclusion Coordinator (details below) to discuss the process and any questions you may have.

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Banner artwork: 'Learning Together, Growing Together' created by Nathan Patterson.

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 Indigenous Inclusion Coordinator.

Helen Wheaton (Wotjobaluk)
+ 61 3 522 73751