28 April 2017: The University of Canberra has launched its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 which provides a framework for a university-wide approach to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.
The inaugural plan, launched today, shows a firm commitment by the University to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outcomes across four main areas: academic, research and innovation, employment, and community engagement.
The University’s Dean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy, Professor Peter Radoll, said the plan aims to open more doors to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, create more opportunities to increase student completion rates, achieve parity in employment, aspire to cultural competency, and build capacity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.
“This Plan provides us all with a significant and yet equally important challenge: to deliver the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Professor Radoll said.
“The University of Canberra envisions a place of teaching and learning that is culturally inclusive; where aspirations are fostered, diversity is acknowledged and celebrated, and ongoing innovation and positive change are created and recognised.
“Through this strategy, the University of Canberra commits to contributing, through education and research, to the building of just, prosperous and sustainable communities which are respectful of their Indigenous past and committed to redressing disadvantage,” he said.
Professor Radoll, who will oversee the plan’s implementation, said it was developed in close consultation with staff and students across the University, as well as key community bodies.
“This is an important step towards leading the sector on equity, inclusion, access and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” he added.