The University of Melbourne aspires to be the university of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

We are committed to providing tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives which will ensure our Indigenous staff succeed and flourish personally, at the University of Melbourne, and across the nation and the globe.

Melbourne Indigenous Professional Employment Program (MIPEP) 2024

About the program

MIPEP Participants

The University of Melbourne is an equal opportunity employer, and our recruitment process focuses on essential skills and abilities. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. We encourage and welcome applicants from a diverse range of Indigenous Australian backgrounds.

We’re tightly connected with our communities, at home and around the globe – a connection that enriches our learning, teaching, and research.

We employ people of outstanding caliber and offer a unique environment where staff are valued and rewarded. Our professional, administrative and support staff create a world-class working environment and enable academics to continue achieving internationally renowned excellence in research and teaching.

What’s on offer:

  • 2-year full-time professional employment contract in business administration positions
  • Formal VET qualification (at no cost to you)
  • Paid cultural enrichment activities and excursions throughout the program
  • University mentorship
  • Safe and supportive Indigenous staff network
  • Generous salary packaging including 17% superannuation contributions
  • Career development and progression support
  • Off-site (three day) leadership conference
  • Off-site (three day) pre-training retreat facilitating unique experiences of connection, education, culture and leadership.


  • Uniform allowance
  • Pre-paid ‘start up’ Myki travel card
  • University merchandise welcome pack
  • Access to culturally safe counselling services through ICARE (Indigenous Cultural Assist and Response for Employees).

About the positions:

To be successful in our positions, you will:

  • Be a team player who thrives at providing excellent service
  • Be a resilient person who can adapt to change and is capable of following instructions
  • Rotate through two different areas within the University faculty, schools or departments, to build your skill set and knowledge and apply your learning to a vast range of tasks
  • Be supported by a dedicated Program Manager and Program Coordinator, a workplace supervisor and university mentor throughout your traineeship
  • Be committed to personal and professional development and attending all cultural enrichment opportunities
  • Be committed to attending training workshops and attaining a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification
  • Be seeking a long-term career with the University of Melbourne and an opportunity for further education.

We have multiple positions available for entry level positions for early career starters through to high level positions for more experienced career changes.

A career at the University of Melbourne

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff working at the University of Melbourne can:

  • Build an academic or professional career
  • Be part of and contribute to an ever-growing Indigenous Staff Network
  • Enjoy generous leave provisions including Cultural and Ceremonial Leave
  • Access health and wellbeing services
  • Participate in a range of Indigenous cultural events, orations, exhibitions, lectures and symposia
  • Take advantage of generous discounts on graduate courses.

Read more about University of Melbourne staff benefits.

The University of Melbourne Indigenous Strategy and Indigenous Employment Framework (IEF) are key drivers for Indigenous staff recruitment, development and support across the University. These are currently being updated and will be available mid-2023.

What jobs are available?

The University of Melbourne has a variety of academic and professional staff roles available across all locations. Please see Careers at Melbourne website for the full list of positions.

MIPEP applications opening 2 October 2023

Please contact our Program Coordinator for any queries regarding the program on

MIPEP host supervisors

2024 MIPEP Supervisor Information Brochure

Now is your chance to take part in cultivating a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community that attracts talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the University.

We will be beginning recruitment for the next Melbourne Indigenous Professional Employment Program (MIPEP) cohort in October 2023 with a broader range of positions at UoM 4, 5 and 6 to better accommodate the diverse backgrounds and range of talent we attract.

If you are interested in hosting a MIPEP business administration trainee for 2024-2025 within your faculty, school or department, please submit a formal expression of interest via the link below.

Calls for expressions of interest for mentors and campus buddies will be coming soon.

For enquires please contact:

Julie Matricardi-Old, Program Manager (

Lucy Powell, Program Coordinator (

2022 MIPEP Cohort
Staff participating in the 2022 Melbourne Indigenous Professional Employment Program. Photographer: Mikaylah Lepua