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Memorandum of Understanding between the Queensland University of Technology and the South-East Queensland ATSIC Regional Council

Category: Agreement
Date: 19 September 2002
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Location:Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • MOU between QUT and ATSIC
  • MOU between Queensland University of Technology and the South-East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regional Council
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Education | Employment and Training | Reconciliation | Research
    Summary Information:
    The Memorandum of Understanding between QUT and the South-East Queensland ATSIC Regional Council ('the MOU') was signed by Dr Colin Dillon, a councillor of the South-East Queensland ATSIC Regional Council, and Professor Dennis Gibson, Vice-Chancellor of QUT, in September 2002. The MOU is a commitment to reconciliation and social justice issues.

    The MOU was the first signed between a university and an ATSIC regional council (QUT 2002). It is intended as a pilot for future MOUs concerned with collaborative activities between the paries (see McConville 2002: 21).

    Negotiations for the MOU took place over between the Regional Council and the Oodgeroo Unit at QUT (see QUT c2003).
    Detailed Information:
    Details

    The MOU provides for the parties to share research information, create programs aimed at increasing indigenous employment and collaborate on research and infrastructure development projects (see QUT 2002).

    Employment-related Initiatives

    McConville (2002: 21) describes the terms of the MOU as follows. Note that his paper was written prior to the finalisation of the MOU:

    The parties aim to:

  • 'Seek to place participants of ATSIC's Graduate Administrative Assistants (GAA) program within suitable areas of QUT, both during the course of their training and after completion.'

  • (On the part of QUT): 'invite trainees in ATSIC's Admin/Clerical Traineeship program (certificate IV) to register their names on QUT's "expressions of interest" register, for potential employment at QUT).'

  • 'Explore the option of using QUT as a work experience area for ATSIC's Admin/Clerical trainees during the course of their traineeship.'

  • (In the event that QUT develops its own admin/clerical traineeship program): 'explore areas of collaboration between the two programs such as using ATSIC as a work experience area for QUT trainees, and establishing a trainee network which meets formally and informally.'

  • 'Explore partnership possibilities related to growing/developing academic lecturers and researchers from QUT's student body through, for example, post-graduate scholarships; opportunities for employment during their studies [and] after graduation; and research/project opportunities during the course of their study.'

    Capacity-building Initiatives

    According to McConville (2002: 21), the MOU provides that 'QUT will survey its Faculties and Divisions to map existing partnership activity with Indigenous organisations, and elicit areas of potential interest.' Subsequently, both parties 'will identify and pursue specific opportunities arising from this mapping exercise.'

  • Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) - Signatory
  • South-East Queensland ATSIC Regional Council - Signatory

  • References

    Journal Article
    Greg McConville (2002) Regional Agreements, Higher Education and Representations of Indigenous Australian Reality: Why wasn't I taught that in School? in 45(1) Australian Universities Review
    Media Release
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (September 2002) QUT signs agreement with ATSIC QUT Student news & archive
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (March 2007) Indigenous Employment Strategy

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