Indigenous Education Strategy accessible by public

4.  Indigenous Education Strategy accessible by public

Your response to this area needs to address the following points:

  • Explain how the university has met its requirements under section 13 of the ISSP Guidelines;
  • Include current link to the university’s website outlining its strategies for improving access, participation, retention and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including monitoring and evaluation procedures. This can be a special Indigenous Education Strategy document or a section targeting developments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a broader university strategic or operational plan;
  • Comment on the university’s Reconciliation Action Plan if appropriate;
  • Discuss the practical implementation and evaluation of your Indigenous Education Strategy; and
  • Report progress against targets and milestones outlined in the strategy.

UNE does not currently have an Indigenous Education Strategy. During 2017, the UNE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Statement Governance Framework Review Working Party held several meetings and produced a draft report. This report produced recommendations on:

  • A senior Indigenous appointment at UNE;
  • The need for an Indigenous Education Strategy;
  • The need for KPIs on Indigenous employment to be included in the UNE Business Plan.

The findings of the report and the recommendations are currently being drafted into a brief for senior executive. This brief will be delivered in May 2018 to the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. There are no ‘surprises’ in this brief and we are optimistic that the recommendations will be acted on during 2018.

In addition, retention and completion remain the focus for ongoing improvement activity and UNE acknowledges that improving access to higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates will require a sustained University-wide commitment to implement short, medium and long-term priorities as outlined in UNE’s Strategic Plan 2016–2020 and it subordinate Teaching and Learning Strategic Plan 2012–2016 and the Research Plan 2016–2020, that include the following strategies:

  • Provide effective academic scaffolding and support services.
  • Innovate in the recruitment and retention of regional, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, particularly within the New England region.
  • Employ innovative recruitment and retention activities aimed at regional, remote and Indigenous students, particularly within the New England region.
  • Develop innovative partnerships focused on students from low SES areas and Indigenous students (e.g. alternative entry pathways, scholarships, strategic courses) that build capacity in these students and their communities.
  • Ensure our graduate attributes promote social and cultural understanding including an appreciation of Indigenous culture and history.
  • Establish alternative pathways and academic support programs that address Indigenous and low SES student participation in higher degree programs.

Indigenous Education Statements

All UNE Indigenous Education Statement from 2012-2017 are available at:

Reconciliation Plan

UNE does not have a reconciliation plan. However, UNE does have a Reconciliation Statement that is available on the website.

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