Curtin’s inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Strategy

Support and advance the University’s strategic objectives

Curtin University has started a search for our inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Strategy to provide leadership and guidance across the University to develop the broad strategic direction for, and lead the implementation and monitoring of, an institutional approach to Indigenous Learning, Teaching, Research and Engagement.


We are an innovative, global technology university known for our commitment to preparing students for jobs of the future, high-impact research and strong industry partnerships. We are Western Australia’s largest university and one of Australia’s most global universities with campuses in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and Dubai. Curtin boasts a rich and proud diversity of cultures across our students and staff, and a commitment to serving our communities and partners.


This senior leadership role provides Indigenous and academic oversight to the development and maturation of University-wide development policies and initiatives. As such, the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Strategy shapes Curtin’s approach through an intimate knowledge of the Western Australian setting whilst acknowledging national and global environments for higher education development, including the Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy.

The position develops and maintains networks within the appropriate areas of government, with partner and non-partner universities and research institutions as well as with key stakeholders and policy makers in Australia. The occupant also provides a key role to support and develop the capability of senior leaders across the institution. This position works closely with the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and plays a guiding role on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters with the Senior Executive Team.

Given the significance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart for reconciliation in Australia, the occupant will work with senior leaders across the University to ensure that Curtin can follow through on its publicly stated commitment to work with Government and the reconciliation community “to develop and enact specific proposals in relation to Voice, Treaty and Truth”. The Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous plays a guiding role in setting and monitoring the University’s approach to, and the achievement of, significant steps toward Reconciliation.

We are committed to values led leadership across our university community, and as a senior executive this role holds responsibility to lead and foster an environment where diversity and inclusion thrives and belonging is possible for all.

Curtin at a glance

3195 Staff. 1340 academic staff and 1755 general staff. Almost 60,000 students. 37,418 full-time. 5201 postgraduate, of whom5439 studying on campuses outside of Australia. 230,000 Alumni in more than 160 countries. Income of AUD 914 million.
Curtin study areas. 5 study areas across 5 countries. Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Science and Engineering.


Curtin’s existing strategy has provided a pathway for our university to position itself as a leading global university, ensuring that we:

  • strengthen our capacity to be future looking;
  • maintain a focus on excellence in everything we do;
  • strive to be both industry-facing and industry-embedded;
  • deepen our well-established culture of innovation;
  • build life-long connections with an engaged alumni;
  • further support our students, staff and community to promote the importance of our First Nations’ people and history, drive gender equity, and contribute to a fairer and more just society for all; and
  • above all, be led by our five values of Integrity, Respect, Courage, Excellence and Impact.

​As we get ready for our next phase, we are proud of having lived up to our ambitions set out four years ago in our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. We are confident in the path we have forged until now – in particular, our approach to global positioning, our engagement with, and service for, partners across sectors and communities and our aspiration to continue to drive excellence in research and teaching.