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Curtin pledges more Indigenous jobs

Media release

Curtin University of Technology has pledged to employ more Indigenous job seekers over the next three years.

The University today became the first university in Australia to join the Australian Employment Covenant, a national initiative led by WA mining entrepreneur Andrew Forrest which promotes the employment of Indigenous Australians.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jeanette Hacket, said Curtin had signed up as a member of the AEC in support of the University’s strong commitment to Indigenous people.

“In signing up to the AEC we have pledged to employ 40 Indigenous job seekers over the next three years,” she said.

“Curtin already has a strong track record as a leading Indigenous education provider and this new initiative builds on this commitment.

“We established our Centre for Aboriginal Studies more than 26 years ago and we were the first university in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan.

“By joining the AEC we are continuing our support for Indigenous people by providing employment opportunities in the higher education sector.”

AEC Chief Executive Officer, Mal James, welcomed Curtin’s involvement in the AEC.

“We are extremely pleased to have Curtin join the AEC and look forward to seeing more Australian universities follow their example,” he said.

“This takes us 40 steps closer to our ultimate target of securing 50,000 jobs that can be filled by Indigenous people.

“It is important that these vacancies be in all walks of life, private sector, sustainable public sector jobs and in the education sector.”