FEDERATION University has launched a Reconciliation Action Plan with a focus on recruiting more Indigenous staff and students.
The three-year-plan, launched at the Wimmera campus in Horsham on Thursday, includes a target of two per cent Indigenous employment and initiatives to ensure students receive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their studies.
Barengi Gadjin Land Council manager of community development Joanne Harrison-Clarke, a Wotjobaluk woman, said there was "such a wonderful response" to the launch.
"(The plan) just shows the commitment between the partnerships," she said. "It's great to see the continuation of the great work that our community and the Aboriginal community is doing."
Federation University Wimmera head of campus Geoffrey Lord said from the four types of plans available - reflect, innovate, stretch, elevate - the organisation had chosen to implement a stretch plan, which focuses on measurable goals.
He acknowledged there had been a drop in the number of Indigenous people employed at the campus but was optimistic about strategies to improve this.
"If we're not doing what we said we'd do, tap us on the shoulder," Mr Lord said.
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association south-west Marrung facilitator Peter Lovett said seeing a rural campus commit to reconciliation was positive.
"It was really important that we walked, not rushed, to put (the plan) together," he said.
Mr Lovett said attracting and retaining First Nations staff and students required ensuring the campus felt welcoming and also that there was adequate cultural support, such as through the Aboriginal Education Centre.
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