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Indigenous Librarianship Cadet

Melbourne, Australia
$77,114 - $86,490 + 17% Superannuation
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

Job Details

  • Flexible location | Full-time and fixed-term for 2 years
  • Study support | On-the-job training and experience
  • HEW 5 $77,114 - $86,490 + 17% Superannuation (pro rata, part time)

Why work with us?

At Deakin you will have access to benefits such as a variety of leave options including generous parental leave and the ability to purchase additional leave; flexible working arrangements to help manage your work-life balance; ongoing learning and development opportunities to grow your career; an inclusive and supportive culture and environment to work in, both online and on campus.

At Deakin Library you will have the opportunity to work with innovative leaders in the library sector; make changes to incorporate Indigenous knowledges in library and university spaces and imagine library spaces for the future.

Who are we?

Deakin is a cutting-edge public university in Victoria, revolutionising education with 61,000 students across five campuses that sit on Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, and Eastern Maar Countries. Deakin acknowledges, values and deeply respects its connection with the Traditional Custodians and Elders past and present of these lands and waterways. Deakin is the most popular university destination in Victoria for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and has a rich history of supporting the ambitions of First Nations students. 

As an Indigenous Librarianship Cadet you will:

Work across teams to understand how to make library description practices more inclusive and discoverable. You will work with our Indigenous communities to elevate Indigenous Knowledges and to increase cultural intelligence for our Deakin community.  

You will gain on-the-job-training and experience across all areas of Library Services including Indigenous Programs, Experience and Engagement, Collections, Outreach and Scholarly Services and Information.

In a typical week you will:

  • Coordinate, support, and provide advice to Deakin staff and students in relation to Library activities and how the library’s Indigenous Programs supports Deakin strategies and activities.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous communities to increase understanding and cultural intelligence related to the Indigenous communities where our campuses are located.
  • Support the Library with local events, visitors, delegates, forums and activities.
  • Provide support for a range of library activities, resource planning, standards, operations coordination, and logistics.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Completion of (or near completion of) a Degree, or undertaking a higher degree by research without subsequent relevant work experience; or
  • Completion of an Associate Diploma and at least two years subsequent relevant work experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • A commitment to working in libraries and/or cultural heritage contexts (highly desirable).
  • Ability to work with First Nations people, community groups and Traditional Owners to deliver projects, programs or services.

If you don't check every box in this ad, don't count yourself out just yet. We prioritise hiring amazing people over checking boxes. So, if this role speaks to you, hit that apply button!

Here's how to apply: 

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience.

For a confidential discussion regarding this role, please contact Tui Raven (Senior Manager, Indigenous Programs) on +61 3 5227 8183 or

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File PD - Indigenous Librarianship Cadet.pdf

Applications for this position close on Friday, 14 June 2024.                     

Please note eligible applicants are only persons:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic, and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

In line with special measure provisions in Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act (2010), the University will only be accepting applications for this position from people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.


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