Indigenous applicants

Bromley See Kee and Theresa Joachim (Yorta Yorta)

Womin djeka.

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University.

Our people are the durrung (heart) of RMIT. 

RMIT is committed to creating a culturally safe environment that values and supports Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people(s); where culture and heritage is acknowledged, and respected, as being core to their existence.  Our commitment is embedded in Dhumbah Goorowa and in RMITs Enterprise Agreement.

Together, we strive to create an environment where we respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of noogal (belonging) in our team and beyond.

We recognise and respect the unique culture and contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our communities. We are also proud to provide cultural and personal support to our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in their journey. 

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Meet our people

Theresa's story
Shannon's story
Aleryk's Story
Zara's story

What does a career look like for you at RMIT?

Academic Pathways

RMIT has committed to developing Academic Career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, through the: 

These are highly regarded fellowships which provide fixed term employment opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples committed to a career in Higher Education.  The Fellowships are supported by Academic development programs in collaboration with Indigenous Education Office and Research and Innovation.  

Learn from Dr Vicki Couzens, one of our current Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow story on how Australia’s Indigenous languages must be revitalised.

 

Professional Pathways

RMIT is committed to providing students with opportunities to build on the technical qualities and competencies acquired at Vocational Education and University so they can gain a solid foundation for their career. We are committed to not only providing jobs, but pathways to building sustainable careers for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.  As part of the university's commitment to the Reconciliation Action Plan, we will be building and developing professional capability through a variety of new talent programs

  • Graduate program 
  • Traineeships 
  • Apprenticeships 

Register your interest if you wish to stay up to date about these programs or follow our socials. 

 

Professional Workforce and Employment Opportunities

Alongside specific talent programs, RMIT has variety of professional and academic, identified and targeted employment opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. Explore the job board for the most current opportunities and we welcome expressions of interest for employment to hear directly from our Talent Acquistion Advisors.  

 

Recruitment Process Information

Looking to secure a role with us? Here’s some of our top tips and tricks to help you with your application every step of the way.

Benefits for prospective staff

Professional Development 

RMIT creates a working environment that enables career advancement and professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  RMIT is committed to improving the employment, retention and career progression outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and as such RMIT has appointed an Indigenous Workforce Advisor who works 1-1 with the Indigenous community on RMIT regarding their professional and career development.  

Cultural Leave 

It is acknowledged that members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have responsibilities for a significant level of cultural and ceremonial obligations.  These include but are not limited to preparing for and attending community business; National Aboriginal and Islander Observation Committee Week functions; National Sorry Day and/or other relevant cultural duties and events; and fulfilling ceremonial and community obligations.  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees will be granted six days paid leave per calendar year, non-cumulative, for cultural and ceremonial obligations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Additional paid special leave may be approved by the University as agreed with the employee.

 

Indigenous Staff Network

Kevin Moore, Indigenous Community Business Manager

All RMIT employees who are and have identified themselves to the University as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will automatically be entitled to membership of this network.   

Formed in November 2017, the ISN is an important network for Indigenous staff at RMIT, providing opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange, issue resolution and the harnessing of opportunities to support RMIT on its journey towards relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The ISN provides yarning circles and connections with other Indigenous staff, assistance with any goals or projects while working at RMIT, employment opportunities and sharing information about projects and initiatives across University.

Cultural spaces – Indigenous Garden & Ngarara Willim Centre, Bundoora

Ngarara Willim 

Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT's Melbourne campuses stand.

Ngarara Willim Centre provides a community space and 'home away from home' for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who study and work at RMIT. The Centre is contributing to the next generation of Indigenous leaders, who are proud of their cultural heritage and strong in their identity; and is a cultural gathering place for Indigenous peoples of the University. 

Indigenous Garden at City Campus

Our programs and events

Wurrunggi Biik: Law of the Land at RMIT's city campus conjures Bundjil the Great Creator Spirit inside a towering possum skin cloak - designed by prominent Indigenous artist and RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow, Dr Vicki Couzens

Our Partnerships and Connections

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Significant Dates 2022

26th January 

Survival Day 

13rd February

Anniversary of Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples 

17th March 

National Close the Gap Day 

26th May 

National Sorry Day 

27th May

Anniversary of 1967 Referendum 

27th May – 3rd June 

National Reconciliation Week 

3rd June

Mabo Day 

4th - 11th July 

National NAIDOC Week  - “Always Was, Always Will Be” 

4th August

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 

9th August 

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 

2nd September 

Indigenous Literacy Day

Latest news

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.