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Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney (Right), Professor of Education, UniSA Education Futures

Applications for Aboriginal Enterprise Fellow positions for 2022 closed on Wednesday 31 August 2022. However, if you are interested in finding out more we would like to chat, so please use the enquire form below and we will respond as soon as possible.

UniSA is seeking outstanding Level C and D Academics who are passionate about research that directly benefits Aboriginal Peoples and builds the self-determination of their communities.

If you are an outstanding, established academic, who is actively seeking to enhance your research, passionate about excellence in teaching, and looking to extend your national and international leadership in your field at a university that values partnering, this is a unique opportunity to be an Enterprise Fellow – Level C and D Academic at UniSA, Australia’s University of Enterprise.  

UniSA is committed to providing a workplace culture that values and supports Aboriginal staff. There are several initiatives that ensure a welcoming, supportive, inclusive and culturally safe workplace such as the Aboriginal staff network, mentorship program, flexible work arrangements, cultural leave provisions and professional development opportunities.

About the roles

Enterprise Fellows will have a strong research focus and will lead and deliver high quality research outcomes that translate to benefits for Aboriginal Peoples and their communities, and impact for our partners. They will be active members of our Academic Units, research centres or institutes and contribute to an exceptional student experience by linking their research to course delivery.  

With a focus on working across multi-disciplinary teams, Enterprise Fellows will contribute to the following research priorities as outlined in the Aboriginal Research Strategy: 

  • Wellbeing and mental health; 
  • Food systems and security; 
  • Ageing, housing and education; and 
  • Preservation and curation of Aboriginal cultures, languages and knowledge.  

The workload allocations for these positions will be negotiated on an individual basis. It is intended that these positions will be Research Academic positions with a teaching allocation initially and, over time, will transition to a balanced Teaching and Research workload. 

Depending on their research area/s of interest, Enterprise Fellows may be based at any of our four metropolitan or two regional campuses. These include two CBD-based campuses, as well as Magill campus in the inner-East of Adelaide, and Mawson Lakes campus in the inner-North of Adelaide, all located on Kaurna land. Regional campuses include Mt Gambier located on Boandik land and Whyalla located on Barngarla land. 

For more information about discipline specific roles available, including Aboriginal Laws and Aboriginal Knowledges, health and business, please visit the Enterprise Fellows webpage

**Please note: Pursuant to Section 56 (2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) (SA) applications are invited from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only for the Aboriginal Enterprise Fellows.**   

About UniSA

The UniSA Act 1990 established the University. At its core, the Act outlined our commitments to support Aboriginal Peoples and education, building on the strong foundation set by our antecedent institutions. Since its inception, UniSA has become Australia’s University of Enterprise and has a passion for innovation that propels our constant evolution. We are confidently positioned to capitalise on our strengths and are looking to amplify our capability by attracting exceptional academics, who are excited by our ambition and connect with our values. 

UniSA aspires to be the University of Choice for Aboriginal Peoples. Since its founding, UniSA has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal engagement through building on the work of our antecedent organisations and past initiatives including the Aboriginal Taskforce, Australia’s first Aboriginal Tertiary Program, and Aboriginal Studies programs. We were the first university in South Australia to have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a guiding document to advance reconciliation across the organisation.

We will provide the environment and support to enable you to grow and see your ideas come to life. UniSA prides itself on its dynamic and agile culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our people are creative, enterprising and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We are authentic, resilient, and influential - and we deliver results.

About our Aboriginal Research Strategy 

Our Aboriginal Research Strategy 2019 – 2025 (ARS) is innovative. We invite you to join us in advancing Aboriginal research, changing the common research paradigm to focus on research methods that works ethically and produces benefit for First Nations Peoples, in a way that is self-determining and that values Aboriginal research and knowledges. 

The Aboriginal Research Strategy is one of the cornerstone commitments within UniSA’s Reconciliation Action Plan, and meets a commitment set by Universities Australia that every university in Australia have implemented an ARS. Our ARS is shaped by engagement with Aboriginal Elders and community representatives from across South Australia and UniSA staff. The strategy is designed to strengthen Aboriginal Research and guide our engagement with Aboriginal Peoples in a way that is ‘proppa’ and ethical.  

No.1 in Australia for research impact and engagement^

100% of our assessed research rated at or above world-class#

Anthea SWAN Bronze Award

No.1 young university in Australia for industry income~

Hear Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney talk about his research at UniSA

Our Aboriginal Research Strategy is founded on a shared commitment to create an inclusive and safe workplace and a culturally competent workforce; conduct research that is ethical and mutually beneficial, and self-determined by Aboriginal Peoples; and invest in and build the capacity of our research community, from students to staff. The Strategy is predicated on respect for Aboriginal Peoples and knowledges and a pledge to respectfully and ethically grow the University’s Aboriginal research capacity into the future.

Professor Irene Watson
Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy


Professor Irene Watson
Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy

At UniSA I’ve been a student, a researcher and an educator. I am passionate about bringing together community, culture, business and higher education to achieve local solutions for social equity and I’m grateful I get to do this in my work. Every step of the way I’ve met wonderful people and learned amazing things. 

Dr Skye Akbar
Lecturer in Management


Dr Skye Akbar
Lecturer in Management

The undergraduate and postgraduate suite of Aboriginal Studies programs traverse Aboriginal knowledges, colonial disruptions, and Indigenous re-assertion in the current era. As a Senior Lecturer for the Aboriginal Studies programs, I enjoy providing a space for students to reflexively interrogate one’s own cultural positionings through a curriculum that privileges Aboriginal knowledges and pedagogies.

Dr Karen Sinclair
Program Director: Aboriginal Studies


Dr Karen Sinclair
Program Director: Aboriginal Studies

My job gets me out of bed every work day because I get to be part of a vibrant teaching team of progressive thinkers.  My job?  Teaching critical thinking on social determinants of Aboriginal health.

Christopher Davis
Lecturer in Aboriginal Health 


Christopher Davis
Lecturer in Aboriginal Health 


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Laws that Colonise: Aboriginal Children, Child Protection and the Australian Legal System

Colourful seahorse artworkMy current research focuses on the position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle within Australian legislation, and the enablers for effective implementation across disciplines of law and social work in child protection practice. 

Through analysing narratives and discourse surrounding child protection legislation and practice, my work aims to inform organisations that are responsible for child protection systems, on the notions of best practice when working with Aboriginal children, families and Nations. 

This research is a crucial step in ensuring Aboriginal Peoples and Communities have the opportunity to inform and influence child protection legislation, and policy design, in a way that responds directly to the lived experiences and best interests of Aboriginal children.

Amy Cleland
Program Director: Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

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Engagement on Assessed Fields.
#2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA),4-digit Fields of Research.

~2022 THE Young University Rankings.