Centre Vision

Vision

Our Vision

We strive to be leaders in Indigenous education, research and engagement through the delivery of successful and sustainable services and programs which empower staff, students and communities to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

How we will achieve it

  • Raising the aspiration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to attend university and supporting them to enrol in and complete a qualification;
  • Increasing the number of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates from JCU;
  • Delivering academic programs that relate specifically to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and developing a framework to embed Indigenous perspectives in courses and subjects across the University;
  • Engaging in research with and for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that addresses their priorities and brings about enduring benefits for their communities;
  • Being a partner and advocate for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities;
  • Re-affirming JCU’s position as a hub for public policy debates and leadership on issues relating to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities; and
  • Strengthening the service capability and cultural competency of JCU’s graduates.

Core Business

It is proposed that the Centre’s core business will focus on:

Student and Community Engagement

  • Value-add and complement existing University services by providing an integrated and student lifecycle approach to student engagement and support for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This includes dedicated Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander transition officers and student engagement officers to be “go to staff” for students throughout their journey from prospective student to alumnus.
  • Co-ordinate and deliver pastoral care and cultural and academic mentorship to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Co-ordinate the University’s engagement with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including planning for and supporting events of significance to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Provide a safe and welcoming environment for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and community members at our campuses and study locations in northern Queensland.
  • Collaborate with the Estate Directorate to ensure that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are acknowledged and represented in the University facilities and landscape and that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have input into the planning and implementation of campus developments.
  • In collaboration with the Human Resources Directorate develop, promote and implement strategies to increase the number of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and provide opportunities for career advancement.

Education and Curriculum

  • Maintain Indigenous Australian studies as a discipline in its own right.
  • Deliver and evaluate academic programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level that relate specifically to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and contribute to subjects and courses across the University.
  • Develop and promote cultural competency and responsibility in learning and teaching programs including collaboration with the Divisions of Academic and Student Life, Tropical Health and Medicine and Tropical Environments and Societies to develop a curriculum framework for embedding Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into courses, subjects and programs.
  • Engage with and contribute to the international and national intellectual discourse on Indigenous knowledges.

Research

  • Develop and lead an institutional research strategy relevant to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in partnership with Academic Divisions, research institutes and centres.
  • Build a cohort of research active Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, HDR students, other researchers working in the field and post-doctoral fellows to strengthen our national reputation and develop a distinctive international presence in indigenous research and practice, especially in the tropics.
  • Conduct research across a range of discipline areas in accordance with international, national and locally identified priorities and needs.
  • Build the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to set their own research agendas and work in research partnerships with the University.
  • In collaboration with internal and external partners develop a robust Indigenous studies research program of national and international standing.
  • Engage with and contribute to the international and national Indigenous research agenda.

Institutional Leadership on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Matters

  • Provide strategic, policy and planning leadership on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters to the University community.
  • Consider opportunities to consolidate and expand the University’s activities across northern Australia including but not limited to Thursday Island, Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria, Mount Isa, Palm Island and Yarrabah.
  • Provide advice to staff and students on areas of importance to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including cultural protocols in relation to community engagement and conducting research.
  • Provide a location for community meetings, public policy debates to reaffirm JCU’s intellectual leadership on issues of importance to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.