Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment

At CSU, we are committed to our relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We aim to provide education, employment and research opportunities which support the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous Employment Strategy

In 2005 the University introduced its first Indigenous Australian Employment Strategy.  Since then the Strategy has been regularly reviewed and updated to take account of achievements, renew its focus and ensure ongoing relevance.  From 2018-2022 the Australian Indigenous Employment Strategy will focus on:

  • achieving at least 3% representation of Indigenous Australians employed at Charles Sturt University and embed strategies that will ensure we maintain this into the future;
  • supporting the appointment of Indigenous people across a diversity of occupational and discipline groups,  levels and work areas;
  • reviewing and enhancing existing strategies and policies to support the appointment and development of Indigenous Australian staff;
  • providing opportunities for Indigenous Australian students studying with us to gain hands on experience within relevant professional areas of the University with an aim of ‘growing our own’ pool of potential future staff.

Read the Indigenous Australian Employment Strategy 2018-2022

Employment options

Short term or casual appointments

CSU maintains a register of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people available for casual work. This enables managers across the University to search for people with the skills and experience required for a particular task.

Register your interest to work at CSU

Indigenous Australian Cadetship Program

We are currently developing an Indigenous Australian Cadetship Program. We hope to release the program by the end of 2018, with the aim to have Cadets engaged in supported employment by 2019.

This Program will provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with hands on experience in a professional area of CSU that aligns with their studies. Students will be place on a paid, part time work placement while completing their chosen undergraduate degree.

This opportunity will enhance the education journey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment at CSU.

Indigenous Australian Traineeship Program

This Program provides entry level employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The employment is on a paid fixed-term contract and includes workplace support. This allows the participant to complete an accredited nationally recognised qualification, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Indigenous Academic Fellowship Program

This Program allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to transition into an academic career. Participants can:

  • bring their professional experience into a teaching role
  • contribute to Indigenous research
  • develop research skills
  • complete a research doctorate degree.

Career Development

We have Study Support initiatives to support academic and professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to develop their career.

Read more about our Study Support initiatives

Find out more

To find out more about Indigenous education at CSU, please refer to:

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Reconciliation Statement

University Council adopted CSU’s Reconciliation Statement on Friday 7 December, 2007. The statement formalises CSU's commitment to the process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Reconciliation Action Plan

In 2017, CSU committed to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP is scheduled to be released in early 2019. Communications with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will commence late 2018.


For enquiries, please contact the RAP Coordinator:

Catherine Maxwell
E: cmaxwell@csu.edu.au
T: 02 6933 2200 or 0428 036 485