This Policy sets out how UTS realises the commitments and sentiments within the UTS Reconciliation Statement.
The UTS Indigenous Education Strategy is the primary planning and implementation document regarding Indigenous education at UTS.
The University of Technology Sydney has a long-standing commitment to overcoming Indigenous disadvantage in employment and education.
To demonstrate this commitment, UTS has had an affirmative action employment strategy — the Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy — in place since 1993. The Strategy has consistently promoted the recruitment, retention and career development of Indigenous staff within the University.
The University recognises Indigenous Australian people as the first people of this continent, and understands that the history and knowledge developed over many thousands of years by Indigenous Australian people was severely disrupted at the time of early colonial settlements. The past two hundred years have left many Indigenous people at the crossroads with poor health, education and employment prospects.
The University’s campuses are located on Aboriginal lands and it is important that staff and students understand the significance of observing protocols in recognising the Traditional Owners of the relevant lands at University events and ceremonies. Observing agreed cultural protocols demonstrates the respect that the University, its staff and students have for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
While UTS has facilities in two distinct locations — the City Campus (Gadigal land) and the Western Sydney Research Facility (Boorooberongal land) — it is recommended that speakers limit their acknowledgement to the relevant Aboriginal people based on that location. For events held on the City Campus, acknowledgements should refer to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. For events held at the Western Sydney Research Facility, acknowledgements should refer to the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug nation.