Definitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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An Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is one who:

  • Is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • Identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • Is accepted as such by the community in which s/he lives or has lived.

Identified positions

Some of the positions in Western Sydney University are identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positions and must be filled by candidates of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. These are referred to as 'identified positions'.

The definition of Aboriginality as defined by Federal Court decisions requires that an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person:

(i) is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
(ii) identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
(iii) is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives or has lived.

Being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14(D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW.

Eligibility

When applying for an idenified position you will be asked to provide confirmation of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. Only applicants who have established Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status will be considered for selection into these roles in accordance with the Western Sydney University Recruitment and Selection Policy.

The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement can assist in clarifying suitable declarations or statements.