Striving for best practice for engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed
Published on 03 July, 2013
CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.
Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.
Prof Lee Hong is Chair of the Indigenous Employment Reference Group, QUT, and they are currently in the process of developing the 2013-2016 Indigenous Employment Strategy. She additionally shares responsibility of the Indigenous Employment and Recruitment portfolio within the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) (Aboriginal Corporation) with Professor Stanley Nangala at the University of South Australia. NATSIHEC (AC) is the peak body in Australia on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education.
Given the release in 2011 of the National Indigenous Higher Education Workforce Strategy (NIHEW) and the recently released Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, stakeholders are all working towards incorporating the report and review recommendations in their institutions.
Prof Lee Hong and Lone Pearce will be presenting a report of information gathered from a range of Australian universities at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) meeting in Townsville in July 2013.
Prof Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement said that "the Office of Indigenous Engagement will have representation at the forthcoming NATSIHEC meeting in order to hear first-hand the best practice models of Indigenous engagement within the higher education sector".