RMIT University Academic and Professional Staff Enterprise Agreement 2014


15. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategy

15.1

RMIT is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed during the life of this Agreement.

15.2

RMIT will continue to implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy as developed and maintained by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Advisory Committee (howsoever named), and it will be in keeping with the spirit and principles outlined in the Yalca Policy and the Toorong Marnong Accord.

15.3

As at 1 January 2013 there were 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed by RMIT. RMIT will increase this number by at least 10 EFT by end of 2015 and aims to appoint 15 EFT by end of 2016. This will be achieved in accordance with the following schedule:

There will be 2 EFT positions appointed in 2013;

There will be 4 EFT positions appointed in 2014;

There will be 4 EFT positions appointed in 2015;

There will be 5 EFT positions appointed in 2016.

15.4

The intent is that appointments will be in a wide range of roles and in key areas that may include:

(a) Policy development and implementation;

(b) Management and provision of ATSI student support and recruitment services;

(c) Teaching, Learning and Research;

(d) Community liaison.

15.5

As part of its ATSI Employment Strategy, RMIT will advertise and appoint academic staff.

If an ATSI student is enrolled in a PhD, then they may be offered engagement on a full-time, continuing basis as a Level A Academic in their relevant discipline. However, if the student expresses a preference for part-time employment they shall be offered part-time employment with the right to convert to a full-time position upon the completion of their PhD or Masters by Research studies.

Any ATSI PhD candidate appointed to an academic position will be engaged to perform the normal range of teaching and administrative duties of a Level A Academic and be allowed adequate time towards completion of their PhD. Full and proper mentoring and support will be provided to each appointee under this provision.

15.6
RMIT will directly support the implementation of its ATSI Employment Strategy with the appointment of a Senior Coordinator Indigenous Employment and by providing central funding to facilitate the initial employment of some academic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

15.7

RMIT will directly support the employment strategy by continuing to provide a culturally appropriate governance structure in the form of an ATSI Advisory Committee of appropriate composition to oversee the strategy.

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