Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer (HEO 6)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 05 Jul 2021

  • Open to Australian Aboriginal Peoples only
  • Full-time, continuing position based in the Student Engagement Unit at the City West campus
  • Commencement Salary: $82,077 per annum (plus up to 17% superannuation)

About the Role

This position coordinates programs and activities aimed at increasing access, participation, retention and success of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter Aboriginal) students at the University of South Australia.

Located in the Wirringka Student Services team within the Student Engagement Unit (SEU), this role provides high level administrative, reporting and coordination services across the University. The Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer delivers a support service to Aboriginal students, manages Study Centres on campus for Aboriginal students and offers a Wirringka Student Services presence throughout the University’s academic divisions to improve students’ study outcomes. The role is also involved in community engagement to increase Aboriginal students’ access and recruitment, retention and success.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide exceptional customer service to Aboriginal students
  • Develop and deliver tailored and holistic student support programs for Aboriginal students
  • Assist with ensuring the effective delivery of the Aboriginal Tutorial Program (ATP)
  • Develop strong networks across the UniSA and with other teams in the SEU to achieve positive outcomes for Aboriginal students
  • Contribute to the development, updating and production of materials and information that will assist in enhancing the student experience

Essential Criteria
  • Australian Aboriginal ancestry and demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting on the learning of Aboriginal tertiary students
  • Undergraduate qualifications combined with relevant practical experience
  • Success in the planning and delivery of activities and programs founded on positive community connections and Aboriginal values
  • Demonstrated understanding of the contemporary issues facing Aboriginal people and the impacts these issues have on Indigenous Australian societies and cultures
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills particularly relating to and engaging with Aboriginal students and communities
  • Previous success in developing strong networks within an organisation, and with Aboriginal and community-based organisations


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of up to 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • Staff study support


UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive. As part of this commitment, the University has had an Aboriginal Employment Strategy in place continuously since 2002. UniSA was the first university in South Australia to have a 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.

How to Apply

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA . The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Ms Georgie Hart, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at recruitment@unisa.edu.au using job reference number 3101.

Applications close: 11:30pm Monday 5 July 2021

Pursuant to the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (the Act) and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations), this position has been deemed prescribed. This role will require the successful candidate to hold a current Working with Children Check.

Applications will only be considered from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for this position, under special measures pursuant to Section 56 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984. 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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