A key component in sustaining quality relationships with the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is to engage regularly with the key stakeholders, both internally and externally to JCU. Engaging widely is an important aspect to these cultures.
Staff must have the ability to be culturally competent and therefore be able to effectively build a rapport with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This would support the continual process of reconciliation.
The benefits of quality relationships and engagement for staff could be monumental in the future success of the student, and for staff’s ongoing professional development. This would also sustain JCU’s ability to encourage student participation, recruitment and working towards the outcome of graduates.
Lecturers, tutors and supervisors are expected to engage with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and colleagues to have a better understanding of their cultural family commitments.
It is important to promote key Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events in community for staff and students to attend and participate, for quality engagement.