Aboriginal Graduate: Project Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 27 Feb 2023

  • Available to Australian Aboriginal graduates only
  • Full time, two (2) year fixed term contract
  • Competitive starting salary of $70,536 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the University  

The University of South Australia is committed to improving the education and life opportunities of Australian Aboriginal Peoples. UniSA was the first Australian University to make a public commitment to the achievement of reconciliation between Aboriginal Australians and non-indigenous Australians and in 2014 became the first University in South Australia to launch its own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a guiding document to advance reconciliation across the organisation. Further, under our Enterprise 25 Strategic Plan 2018-2025, UniSA aspires to be the University of Choice for Aboriginal staff and students, to be a more inclusive university and to ensure strong Aboriginal futures. 
UniSA has a long-standing aim that Aboriginal Peoples comprise at least 3% of its workforce and is committed to improving employment opportunities, supporting professional development and creating a culturally safe and supportive workplace for Aboriginal staff members.  

About the Program  

UniSA provides Aboriginal graduates from all Australian Universities with the opportunity to build on the graduate qualities and competencies acquired as part of their studies and provides an opportunity to gain a broad range of business experiences, diverse skills and an understanding of the business of the University to build their professional profile and skillset.  

What to Expect  

  • 2 year program 
  • 6 month work rotations to develop your skills and explore different areas of interest across the UniSA metro campuses (City West, City East, Magill and Mawson Lakes) 
  • The Consultant: Aboriginal Employment and Development and a personal mentor support you throughout the program 
  • Dedicated induction, training and development opportunities 
  • Competitive starting salary of $70,536 plus a generous 17% superannuation  
  • A safe workplace culture that is supportive and promotes equal opportunity 
  • An excellent social and professional networking base with fellow graduates and the Aboriginal Staff Network 

Skills and Experience  

We are looking for graduates from Australian Universities who:  

  • Meet the eligibility criteria 
  • Enjoy a challenge  
  • Have excellent communication skills with a customer service focus 
  • Have the ability to integrate well in a team 
  • Are competent using computer programs 
  • Are flexible and adaptable  
  • Are proactive 
  • Are willing to learn 
  • Are interested in contributing to UniSA’s culture 


UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as: 

  • Professional Development funding for newly appointed Aboriginal staff 
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%  
  • Flexible working conditions  
  • Employee assistance and development programs  
  • Staff study support  
  • A variety of leave arrangements including four weeks recreation leave per annum, plus additional time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day  


You are welcome to apply for our 2023 Aboriginal Graduate program if you:

  • Are of Australian Aboriginal descent 
  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal person 
  • Are able to provide evidence to support your eligibility 
  • Are in the final year of your degree graduating no later than mid 2023 or have completed your university studies from an Australian University within three years at the time of your application 

How to Apply  

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA . Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and resume only.  

Applicants will be contacted by the Consultant: Aboriginal Employment and Development, to provide further information on the program and the selection process. For further information, please visit https://unisa.edu.au/grad-program/ .  

Please address your cover letter to Deanne Hanchant-Nichols, Consultant: Aboriginal Employment and Development. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 2202 or via email at recruitment@unisa.edu.au using job reference number 4789.  

Applications close:  11.30pm Monday 27 February 2023 

Applications will only be considered from Australian Aboriginal Peoples for this position, under special measures pursuant to Section 56 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). You will be required to provide evidence of your Aboriginal heritage in your online application form.


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Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

For further support, contact Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or email recruitment@unisa.edu.au and you will receive a response within one working day.

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