- Alliances and Relationships
- Engagement and Advocacy
- Scholarship, Knowledges and Research
- Governance and Decision Making
1. Alliances and Relationships
NATSIHEC (AC) will establish and maintain effective relationships with other peak bodies and stakeholders within education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in government, non-government and corporate sectors, both domestically and internationally.
We recognise the commitments made by many organisations and are determined to ensure our engagement is based on open communication, respect and collaboration for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council
- Department of Education and Training
- Universities Australia
- Australian Research Council (ARC)
- Reconciliation Australia
- Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC)
- Australian Professional Accrediting Authorities
- World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC)
- Worlds Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education (WIPCE)
- United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
- United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- National Congress of Australian First Peoples
- Other bodies and organisations as appropriate
Developing working relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professional chapters, organisations and bodies (i.e. Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association, etc).
Developing strategic alliances with the State and Territory Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies, sharing information and identifying mutually beneficial research projects.
2. Engagement and Advocacy
As the key mechanism for engagement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education, NATSIHEC (AC) will engage with all key stakeholders advocating for change effecting greater access to participation and success in education and employment.
We recognise we are custodians of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education for this time and are determined to contribute to a better education for all Australian future generations.
Engaging with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Education and Training on greater flexibility and effective delivery of specific programs.
Contributing to the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Education and Training reviews and policy development into Indigenous Higher Education Programs.
Effectively responding to national proposals and initiatives impacting on Indigenous higher education.
3. Scholarship, Knowledges and Research
NATSIHEC (AC) will provide opportunities for its members to share, discuss and promote developments within scholarship and research related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and knowledge systems. We recognise the potential for these knowledges to have positive impacts for Australian higher education whilst understanding our responsibilities for their protection and preservation.
Providing collective responses to proposals which develop research capacity through the relationship with the Australian Research Council.
Contributing to the scholarship of Teaching and Learning through inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content within Australian university curriculum.
Advocating for scholarship and research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges within the academy.
Advocating for resources, mentoring and enhanced employment opportunities within the sector for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics (e.g.: early career and research development).
4. Governance and Decision Making
NATSIHEC (AC) through its members and participation in consultation with governments and other higher education sector organisations will advocate for the increased participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in governance and decision making in institutions.
We recognise the diversity within the higher education sector whilst maintaining self-determination is enacted through participating in decision-making.
Progressing the role of Elders as integral to the development of inclusive governance practice.
Identifying current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and models of participation in university governance.
Increasing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education staff in decision making within their institutions, including the appointment of PVC’s.
Celebrating appointments, promotions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in higher education.