University purpose: Responsibility to Indigenous Australia
Analysis of performance against purpose
In order to meet its responsibilities to Indigenous Australia, it is important the University’s workforce and student cohort are representative of the diversity within the national population. The improvements in Indigenous staff numbers are attributed to a renewed focus by the Senior Management Group on attracting Indigenous academics as well as new career pathway schemes, specifically targeting early career researchers. Although the total number of Indigenous undergraduate completions declined compared with previous years, the University’s Indigenous student completion rates are still higher than overall domestic undergraduate completion rates, and are the best in the sector. To redress the decline in undergraduate Indigenous student completions, the new Admissions, Scholarship and Accommodation scheme launched in 2019 will make access to ANU easier, combined with a new flexible financial and support scholarship (the Kambri scholarship) launched in 2020.
Annual independent evaluations of ANU meeting its responsibilities to Indigenous Australia, demonstrating improvement year-on-year
ANU Strategic Plan 2019–2022, Key Performance Indicator 7, p.25
Result against performance criterion
Analysis of performance
The independent report provided by the Nous Group assessed ANU as improving in its efforts to increase the recruitment and success of Indigenous staff and students. The KPI results demonstrate ANU has increased both the proportion of Indigenous academics and Indigenous professional staff across the workforce in 2018, and is slightly ahead of the Group of Eight average.
Indigenous student completion rates are generally positive, with improvements in both postgraduate coursework and Higher Degree Research numbers, although ANU experienced a decline in undergraduate completions. Despite this decline, 2018 data provided by the National Indigenous Australians Agency ranks ANU first, with the highest Indigenous undergraduate completion rates in the sector for 2018.
The University’s efforts to prioritise community-engaged research relevant to Indigenous Australia received an assessment which notes ANU is making progress but has not shown ‘improvement.’ To do so, ANU must expand its focus across the University, beyond a few initial research areas that were targeted.
The Nous Group independent report also assessed ANU as improving in the work it is doing to play an active role in the national debate about recognition.