As part of the Yaitya Warpulai Tappa 2018-2021 Aboriginal Employment Action Plan, UniSA is committed to position itself as an employer of choice for Aboriginal People by 2025.

What does the UniSA Graduate Program offer?

UniSA is committed to providing its students with opportunities to build on the graduate qualities and competencies acquired at university so they can gain a solid foundation for their career. As part of the university's commitments to the Reconciliation Action Plan and Yaitya Warpulai Tappa, three positions have been allocated to recent South Australian University graduates from the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide of Australian Aboriginal descent.

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What training and support will graduates receive?

Following the recruitment process, selected graduates will be offered fixed term contracts for two years as a Graduate Project Officer (HEO4). Each Graduate will rotate through a range of business areas to achieve a broad skill set and an understanding of the business aspect of the University. The rotations will be across the University’s Adelaide campuses. During the final six months, you will be supported and encouraged to apply for longer term positions within UniSA.

Your experience with UniSA as your employer will be supported by an extensive induction program and includes: 

  • A half day corporate induction within the first three months of your contract
  • Local area induction at the beginning of each rotation
  • Online induction resources

UniSA is committed to supporting Aboriginal staff. Your induction will also include:

  • Introduction to the Aboriginal Staff Network which provides the opportunity to talk about your work situation and career options with other employees
  • Courses and training through our professional development programs which includes a professional development fund you can access
  • Assistance to build your skills and experience and support to develop future career opportunities
  • Monthly meetings with the Consultant: Aboriginal Employment and Development, to plan an individualised professional development plan and mentoring program
  • The option to have a personal mentor to help you develop in your new role

In addition to the skills you develop on the job by direct involvement in projects linked to the host work area, you will have access to professional development programs (including online programs) which will help you build your professional profile, skills and capabilities.


How to apply

To apply, please submit an application through our Working at UniSA website. Applications for the 2024 positions are open now.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Wayne Buckskin
Consultant: Aboriginal Employment
Phone: 08 8302 0618



You are welcome to apply for our 2024 Aboriginal Graduate program if you:

  • Are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Are able to provide evidence to support your eligibility
  • Hold a relevant tertiary qualification completed within the last 3 years or due for completion in the current year from an Australian university.

Pursuant to Section 56 part 2 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) (SA) applications are invited from Australian Aboriginal people only.

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UniSA has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal engagement through its founding act and important initiatives such as the Aboriginal Taskforce, Australia’s first Aboriginal Tertiary Program, and Aboriginal Studies programs.

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