OATSIEE awards and accolades

Western Sydney University an 'Exemplar' in the National Review

In September 2012, the Federal Government National Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (opens in a new window) highlighted the University as an exemplar in the following areas:

  • Building professional pathways and responding to community need (section 11.3.3 UWS Indigenous Graduate Attribute);
  • Research, research training and university workforce (13.6.3 UWS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Strategy); and
  • University culture and governance (14.1.3 UWS Office of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement).

This extensive and significant report makes many positive mentions of the University, and demonstrates that the University is delivering real, measurable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2012 AHRI Awards

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement team: Aunty Sandra Lee, Melissa Williams, Terri Keating, Angela Spithill and Josh Mason, pictured with Serge Sardo, (second from left) CEO and Managing Director of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement (OATSIEE) was short-listed as a finalist in the 2012 Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) National Diversity Awards.

Western Sydney University was nominated for the 'Cross Cultural Management Award' sponsored by AMES, the largest provider of English language and settlement services in Victoria.

The award recognises organisations with outstanding management initiatives and strategies in a diverse or multicultural workplace – including the management of employees across borders.

Melissa Williams, Director of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement, said her team is focused on creating and fostering a workplace environment that recognises and celebrates the diversity of cultures.

"Our team is focused on excellence, mutual engagement and making a sustainable difference," said Ms Williams.

"To be recognised for our strategies and outcomes in diversity and cross cultural management is a great achievement for the team, and provides the foundations for us to build a brighter future for all Australians."

AHRI is Australia's premier human resources and people management organisation. Its national awards recognise outstanding individuals and organisations that demonstrate excellence in the contribution they make to their own business and to the profession.

Other finalists of the 2012 AHRI Awards included the National Australia Bank and the Royal Flying Doctor's Service.