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The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement (OATSIEE) plays a crucial part in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Greater Western Sydney and linking these communities into various aspects of the University's core business.
From contributing to celebrations of NAIDOC Week to negotiating endorsed Aboriginal Elders to perform 'Welcome to Country' and 'Acknowledgement of Country' addresses, the scope of what mutual engagement means continues to grow as understanding about First People's experience grows amongst the broader community.
OASTIEE vigorously pursues a community engagement agenda by:
- Founding the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement Advisory Board, the first such Board in the tertiary education sector, membership of which includes a majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Elders, leaders and cultural advisors from the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) region, who volunteer their expertise and time to provide advice and assistance to the office;
- Being one of the principal contact points and nexus between the multiple communities of GWS and the many work units for occasions such as arranging University-sponsored 'Welcome to Country' addresses, celebratory and ceremonial events;
- Collaborating with and/or supporting community-driven initiatives arising from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and groups.
OATSIEE has successfully engaged with government and business, generating income and ongoing commercial partnerships, by developing targeted employment programs aimed at catapulting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders talent into traineeships, cadetships, professional and academic positions.
Such intentional, evolving engagement is mindful of the need to engage with communities in ways which members themselves drive, rather than participation channels being rigidly and unilaterally defined.
For more information, please contact the OATSIEE team.