First Nations Employment

Acknowledgement Of Country

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and learn. We pay respect to the First Nations Peoples and their Elders, past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities are also respectfully referred to within this website as Indigenous Australians, First Australians and First Nations Peoples.

CQUniversity has a long-term commitment to the education and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout its many campuses, Regional University Centres and local communities. CQUniversity will take a leadership role by maintaining and further growing its First Nations workforce. It is our intention to reach the national parity rate for Indigenous employees of a minimum of 3% employment, as identified by the Australian government and Universities Australia.

Employees at CQUniversity firmly believe the motto ‘My Job Changes Lives’ because we see it on a regular basis. Check out the Recruitment flyer that highlights the benefits in working for CQUni.

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CQUni share information about employment opportunities in a variety of ways including:

Pathways to working with us include:

  • Pre-employment training – Training is in our DNA! Traineeships and other opportunities are promoted on our website and social media pages.
  • Current students and recent alumni (graduates) can access the free Job Application Checking Service and CQU Career Hub
  • Fixed term vacancies – are often used to cover for an absent employee (eg parental leave) or for a project that has a specific funding period (a research grant or government funding program). A fixed-term contract will generally be between 6 months and 2 years and it will have a clearly defined end date which is included in the job advertisement.  These vacancies give successful applicants the chance to gain experience and learn some of CQUni’s internal systems – which can make you very competitive when applying for a continuing role.
  • Continuing vacancies – often called ‘Permanent’ jobs and may be full-time or part-time.
  • Casual Learning advisors (Tutors) for First Nations students (known as IAS Tutors) - individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification can apply to work as a tutor for undergraduate students. Supported by the Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) funding, tutors are matched to Indigenous students seeking assistance with their studies. Complete the online expression of interest form available from the Indigenous Student Engagement page to register and we will be in touch if you are matched to a student request.
  • Not sure what you’d like to do career-wise? Complete the Career Voyage to work out where your future career might take you.

CQUniversity is proud to be recognised as Australia’s most inclusive university with some of the highest ratios of students from disadvantaged, mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and first-in-family backgrounds. Incorporating your knowledge of CQUni’s Vision and Values into your application is one way to demonstrate your understanding of what we do.

To access these strategies please use the search function on our policy webpage to find the relevant document.

First Nations Workforce Strategy

The CQUniversity First Nations Workforce Strategy is a whole-of-University approach aimed to achieve employment parity (comparable to Indigenous people in the general population) and will be achieved through upskilling and training, targeted recruitment, professional development and staff retention in all employment categories, levels and divisions.

Enterprise Agreement

The Central Queensland University Enterprise Agreement contains the terms and conditions of employment, including wages for CQUniversity employees.

Special provisions have been negotiated in this agreement for Cultural and Ceremonial Leave and a range of other entitlements specifically intended to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

Recruitment and Selection Procedure

The CQUniversity Recruitment and Selection Procedure outlines the processes CQUniversity use when recruiting employees. It ensures a consistent, timely and merit-based approach.

Confirmation of Identity

For First Nations Identified positions (where it is specified that the role must be filled by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Person), CQUni require the successful applicant to provide Confirmation of Identity Documents.  This is often a requirement placed on us by government funded programs seeing to better support Indigenous students.

CQUni have a dedicated First Nations Employment Officer, Danessa Willie-White.

Please email Danessa at First Nations Employment or call 07 4930 9232.

As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience in allowing for a fair and timely process for all applicants.  We do not accept unsolicited CV’s from recruitment agencies or third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV’s sent directly to Line Managers.