Information for staff

UniSA is committed to providing a workplace culture that values and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, and is welcoming, supportive, inclusive and culturally safe.

Below is information on supports, initiatives and events that may be of interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Aboriginal staff network

All Aboriginal staff are able to join the Aboriginal Staff Network. This group meets at least quarterly and the aim is to provide an opportunity for staff to talk about their backgrounds, aspirations, the type of work they do and where they work. They will also occasionally discuss problems and work together in identifying strategies to overcome difficulties.

Join the network


We will endeavour to allocate new continuing and fixed term Aboriginal staff a mentor to provide assistance and support in their first year of employment. The mentor will be available to meet at mutually agreeable times and locations with the staff member's supervisor approval. The frequencies of meetings are determined by your the staff member's needs. Staff are encouraged to keep in touch with mentors, as they can be a good source of help and support.

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Cultural leave

UniSA offers flexible work arrangements to allow leave for cultural reasons, and for undertaking family responsibilities. For more information, speak with your supervisor.

Cultural leave procedure

Mark Your Identity

Mark Your Identity is an initiative inviting people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage that are working at UniSA to formalise their identity with the University, if they wish, and haven't done so already. This knowledge allows the University to better support staff, and to measure our progress toward our goal of achieving a workforce of 3% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by 2025.

People who Mark their Identity assist the University in:

  • Developing Aboriginal career programs for present & future employees
  • Increasing employment & development opportunities for Aboriginal staff
  • Targeting expenditure & initiatives to enhance equity practices &
  • Improving our future program & policy development
How do I Mark my Identity?

New staff can Mark their Identity by answering questions on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander heritage when they apply for a new position.

Existing staff can update information on their myHR page on the staff portal by clicking below and answering a few questions.

Mark Your Identity

The information you provide to us is held securely and your privacy will be respected; however, in order to help us achieve the above outcomes the information will be available to the Consultant: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment & Development.

Professional development

UniSA provides a range of opportunities for ongoing learning and development. To find out more, visit:

Performance and Development

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff may also be eligible for specific development opportunities.  To find our more, speak with your supervisor or the Consultant: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Development.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact Deanne Hanchant-Nichols, Consultant: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Development