Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program

Targeting recent Aboriginal* and Torres Strait Islander UniSA, University of Adelaide and Flinders University Graduates who are embarking on their professional career.

As a part of Crossing the Horizon Action Set 5: Engagement with society beyond the classroom and campus; the University of South Australia (UniSA) is committed to becoming the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander* University of Choice. This will include developing pathways from high school through to engagement after graduation. This program builds on our commitment by providing the next step in Aboriginal career development.

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 Aboriginal Employment Strategy and Yaitya Warpulai Tappa (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Work Path), two positions have been allocated to UniSA students of Australian Aboriginal descent.

What training and support will graduates receive?

Following the recruitment process, selected graduates with excellent academic records in a relevant business, commerce or management stream will be offered fixed term contracts for two years as a Graduate. Other degrees with appropriate majors will also be considered. 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 may encompass any of the University’s business units, divisions or schools on our metropolitan 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 keen to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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
  • 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

We will present Cultural Safety workshops to assist other employees to understand Aboriginal Islander cultures and histories and to ensure equity and cultural safety in the workplace. 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 which will help you build your professional profile, skills and capabilities. Where a need for further development in IT skills is identified, you will have access to IT online training.

*Aboriginal is inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

How to apply

To apply, please submit an application through our Working at UniSA website. Applications close at 5.00pm Wednesday 31 January. For further enquiries, please contact:

Deanne Hanchant-Nichols
Consultant: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Development
People, Talent and Culture

Applications will be considered from current UniSA students who are expecting to graduate by mid 2018. Previous UniSA students who graduated in the last two years are also eligible to apply. We also welcome applications of recent Graduates from Adelaide University or Flinders University. Additionally, pursuant to Section 56 part 2 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) (SA) applications are invited from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people only. You will be required to provide evidence of your ATSI heritage in your online application form.


Universities Australia’s Indigenous Strategy

In the first national strategy of its kind, universities will seek to grow the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in university by 50 per cent above the growth rate of non-Indigenous students.