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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

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At USQ, we want to make a real difference for Australia’s First Peoples. That’s why we’re committed to providing meaningful career opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples across all areas of the University. Joining USQ means being part of a safe and inclusive environment – one where you will be supported professionally and personally every step of the way.

As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, there are many benefits to support you in your working and personal life. Here are just a few:

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USQ provides paid leave up to a maximum of five working days and unpaid leave of up to ten working days per calendar year for cultural and ceremonial leave.

USQ provides cultural training to its employees on cultural issues and practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fostering an environment where all employees acknowledge and respect the Aboriginal culture and protocols.

Our progress as a result of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workforce Strategy 2018-2019 demonstrates our commitment toward improving cultural awareness and education.


USQ's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network provides you with the opportunity to meet and develop professional and personal relationships with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.   

The natural settings of our campuses provide a relaxed atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of working in the city. We recognise the impact we have on country and acknowledge that these lands always have, and always will be, places of teaching and learning.

The Gumbi Gumbi Gardens at our Toowoomba campus help us to develop a better understanding of local Indigenous heritage, and acknowledge the culture and contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make to our region.   

If you need more support when applying for a job or would like to talk to someone once you are a part of the team, please contact us.  We can provide tailored advice relevant to your situation and assist in directing you to other areas of the University for additional support.

We have a number of strategies and plans in place to support the educational, employment and development opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples at USQ. We’re also commitment to producing significant research which focuses on working with regional communities to develop shared narratives – past, present and future.

The Reconciliation Action Plan paves the way for deepening and enhancing the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, while our Cultural Protocols (PDF 819KB) provide a framework to support our communities in fostering and promoting a culture of Reconciliation at the University.

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