Jobs at UWA

Indigenous jobs and careers

Further information

  • School of Indigenous Studies
  • Working at UWA

The University of Western Australia strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders to apply for job vacancies within our faculties, schools and campuses.

UWA has more than 4300 staff made up of people from diverse professions, ages, cultures, sexualities, religions, nationalities and work life experiences.


Jobs at UWA

There is a wide variety of jobs at the University including academic, professional, technical and support positions that provide a range of career opportunities for people with different skills and experiences. These include:

  • Administration/secretarial support
  • Maintenance
  • Business management
  • Trades staff
  • Grounds keeping
  • Culture and events management
  • Security
  • Information technology
  • Facilities management
  • Payroll services
  • Finance
  • Student services
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Library services
  • Human resources
  • Catering
  • Planning
  • Research
  • Records management
  • Librarians
  • Training
  • Professional development

Your career opportunities on campus are endless and we invite you to be part of an exciting and vibrant workforce that values your contribution to delivering excellence in Higher Education.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics working and delivering excellence at UWA

The University is highly committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in all aspects of higher education sector with a strategic research focus on Indigenous knowledge and developing Indigenous staff. UWA continues pursuing excellence in learning outcomes for Aboriginal students through the work of the highly acclaimed School of Indigenous studies.

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Working at UWA

UWA offers excellent working conditions in a great location, with sociable hours, family friendly policies, flexible work practices, generous leave provisions and ongoing opportunities for professional development.

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Additional leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

The University recognises the rights and responsibilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to undertake their cultural and ceremonial obligations and provides an additional two days leave to assist and support community involvement.

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Aboriginal staff network

Once employed at the University, you will be encouraged to participate in the Aboriginal staff network which meets every second month. The meetings are informal gatherings and gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff the chance to link up as a community and share experiences of what’s happening on campus.

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The University of Western Australia

UWA offers disciplines in the arts, sciences and major professions across the institution’s nine faculties. It attracts the state’s highest achieving school leavers and high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate students nationally and globally.

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School of Indigenous Studies

The School of Indigenous Studies (SIS) supports Aboriginal students in every aspect of their student life. SIS has developed preparatory and support programs for Indigenous students in professional degrees including Law and Medicine and continues to achieve excellence in Indigenous learning outcomes.

Its head, Winthrop Professor Jill Milroy is a Palyku woman whose country is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She has taught Aboriginal history for 15 years at UWA and has expertise in Indigenous curriculum development across a range of disciplines including health, landscape design, education and law. Professor Milroy has served on a number of national advisory bodies, committees and reviews. A strong advocate for the formal recognition and resourcing of Indigenous knowledge systems, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011.

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Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health

The centre works to improve the recruitment and the retention of Aboriginal students across Medicine and Dentistry.

It has nine priority areas, with the key objective of promoting the concept of holistic health care and cultural security in relation to Aboriginal health and health care practice research and learning. The centre supports the workforce development for Aboriginal students and graduates and aims to increase the understanding of Aboriginal health priorities across the non-indigenous workforce.

The school is headed by Winthrop Professor Helen Milroy a Palyku woman of the Pilbara region who is also a consultant psychiatrist with the Department of Health’s Statewide Aboriginal Health Service. Her research encompasses holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous health curriculum, Aboriginal and mental health and health professional education.

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