Indigenous Australian Employment

Our University is committed to employing Indigenous Australians. Our commitment is based on that fact Indigenous Australians bring with them a wealth of experience, expertise, knowledge and skills that will inform, enrich and fundamentally improve the work that we do. We want our workforce to be reflective of all the citizens of our community.

Why choose us as your employer?

We are committed to the aspirations and actions of our Reconciliation Action Plan. We are aware of the disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians and to respond we provide direct recruitment support to Indigenous Australians who would like to apply for our jobs.

We value and embrace diversity and attract people who are the best in their fields to teach and work on our campuses.

We have a fantastic worksite. Music, exhibitions, sporting facilities, libraries with amazing collections and excellent cafes offering great coffee, as well as a Post Office, chemist, banks and a credit co-op can all be found on the Parkville campus.

Whether a workout means swimming laps in an indoor pool, a session of Pilates or a high-intensity game of squash, the Sports Centre has it all.

Teaching and learning excellence is fundamental to Melbourne’s aims and purpose, and is underpinned by values shared at all levels of the University.

These include the opportunity to salary package everything from childcare and additional superannuation to subscriptions to the Melbourne Theatre Company and mobile phones.

For more detail about our benefits please see Benefits of working for the University of Melbourne.


Our University is committed to employing Indigenous Australians in all areas and at all levels across the University. We have implemented a University wide approach to support and employ Indigenous Australians who would like to work with us. An element of the approach is that we have dedicated  HR Professionals located in all of the Faculties and Administration Divisions who are available to you to provide recruitment support for a particular vacancy in their Faculty or Administrative Division or you may wish to contact a HR Professional regarding a general interest of working in particular Faculty or Administrative Division.

Provision of Support includes:

  • Review written application and provide feedback
  • provide pre-interview support (mock interview and how to prepare)
  • provide general information about particular Faculty and Administration Division
  • receive your resume and contact you if suitable vacancies arise.

To access support for a particular position or for general information simply email  In the subject line state the position number and position title or if general advice is sought state that in the email along with your contact details. One of our experienced HR Professionals will be in contact with you shortly. 

How to apply for jobs

All of our vacant positions are advertised on our Careers website and you can download a copy of the position description for the relevant role which will detail the role being advertised and also the selection criteria.

We also ensure where possible we have roles advertised in the Koori Mail and
Applications should be lodged electronically via our e-recruitment system. If you are having difficulty in completing your application on line email to, or contact the relevant person on the advertisement.


When completing an application for one of our positions you should include the following:

  1. Cover letter: A cover letter should include the position title and reference number of the position being applied for along with a paragraph addressing why you believe you are suitable for the position relating to your skills and experience.
  2. Statement addressing the Key Selection Criteria: Key selection criteria are the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualifications that the University has defined as being essential for satisfying the requirements of the job and can be found in every Position Description.

    Addressing the key selection criteria is vital for you to be considered for interview. The interview panel will assess all applicants on their responses to the selection criteria this ensures our processors are equitable and consistent. For more information please refer to the University’s Information for applicants.
  3. Resume or curriculum vitae: Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should include the following information: Name, address and all contact details, educational/trade qualifications, summary of your work history, including company name, position and a summary of your responsibilities, key achievements and referee details.


If your application meets the selection criteria, you will be invited to attend an interview with a panel, of approximately three to four members. The interview format will be comprised of behavioral questions (behavioural questions are based on the principle that your past behaviour is the best indicator of how you will perform in the future). These questions will be based on the selection criteria. In preparing for your interview you should establish some real-life examples that you can use. Remember you should structure your response around the C.A.R model:

  • Context - Describe the situation.
  • Action - Explain your actions. What were your actions? What did you do?
  • Results - Detail the result of the actions which you took.

Depending on the position and the hiring panel, there will sometimes be a follow up interview, but this is at the discretion of the individual hiring area.

Reference Checks

If successful throughout the interview stage, a member of the interview panel will then complete two work related reference checks. Ensure that you are happy for us to contact your references as stated in your application.


If you are the preferred applicant you will be advised and if you wish to proceed with your application, a formal written offer will be provided to you.