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Associate Lecturer, Indigenous Centre of Excellence

Sydney, Australia
$106,765 to $128,989 p.a. | Includes 17% Superannuation
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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This is an identified position and applicants must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Person. Being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14(D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Please refer to the Guidelines for Confirmation of Identity for Indigenous Australians for the requirements of this position.

Ref 1975/24 Associate Lecturer

  • Western Sydney University’s Academic Decasualisation Program
  • 2x Full-Time, Ongoing Appointments commencing in 2025
  • Remuneration: Academic Level A $106,765 to $128,989 p.a. | Includes 17% Superannuation & Leave Loading

About Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located in the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing, economically significant region. The University has 11 campuses in Sydney, and campuses in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Surabaya, Indonesia. Two campuses are planned in India. The University has more than 200,000 alumni, almost 50,000 students and approximately 3,500 staff.

Our Schools teach an array of programs and degrees carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry and the University is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide, with over 85 per cent of its assessed research rated at ‘World Standard’ or above. In 2022 and 2023, the University was placed 1st worldwide and in Australia for its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings.

Our Strategic Plan stipulates that, starting in Western Sydney, our students will succeed, our research will have impact and our communities will thrive through our commitment to excellence, sustainability, equity, transformation and connectedness.

The mission is driven by four strong values:

  1. Boldness
  2. Integrity
  3. Fairness
  4. Excellence

Opportunity to be part of a sector leading program

Western Sydney University has established a sector-leading program to strengthen career pathways for casual academic staff by creating the equivalent of 150 full time positions by 1 March 2025. The WSU Academic Decasualisation Program will play a significant role in reducing the level of insecure work in the Australian higher education sector.

With this in mind, the University is looking to recruit candidates it can invest in and develop over the long term, including training over the confirmation period to support candidates to retain stable, ongoing employment.

Successful candidates will undertake teaching, while also having the opportunity to develop a research portfolio and contribute to the University through governance activities at the School and/or University level.

About Western Sydney Universities Indigenous Strategy

Western Sydney University is committed to the strategic commitments outlined in the 2020-2025 Indigenous Strategy and the 2023-2032 Indigenous Futures Decadal Strategy. The Western Sydney University 2020–2025 Indigenous Strategy seeks to position Western Sydney University as an institution that serves and empowers our community as an anchor institution to the region while being recognised as a national leader in Indigenous education, employment and research. In order to achieve this, the Indigenous Strategy presents strategic objectives in seven areas of Indigenous engagement: students; employment; research; learning and teaching; community engagement; leadership; and cultural viability and knowledge.

This Associate Lecturer position corresponds with our commitment to increase the number of Indigenous academic staff at the University. We are committed to nurturing the next generation of Indigenous academic leaders through creating opportunities for them to excel in education, research and engagement.

About the Associate Lecturer Role

The Associate Lecturer will be involved in a range of academic activities including the development, design and delivery of teaching in relevant areas. The appointee will continue to develop their research expertise and scholarship portfolio, contributing to the research outcomes of the University and will supervise undergraduate (Honours) and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students as appropriate.

The appointee will participate in some administrative and governance related activities, while focusing on teaching and building a research portfolio in the first three years. Appointees will also foster relevant relationships external to the University.

The appointee will be based in one of the Schools depending on the applicant's discipline area and will contribute to the Indigenous Centre of Excellence.

To be successful in the role, you will need to demonstrate a high level of energy and commitment to further developing a well-rounded career as an academic in higher education, actively involved in teaching, research and collaboration.


Successful candidates will be subject to a two-year confirmation period and must provide evidence at the time of application that they:

  • are an Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • hold a Masters degree or demonstrated substantial completion towards completion of a higher qualification; and
  • have not previously held an ongoing position with an Australian Higher Education provider in the previous 3 years; and

Candidates must submit evidence of the above requirements, along with any evidence they have of successful teaching results, such as Student Feedback on Teaching survey outcomes.

There are 2x full-time, ongoing appointments available for commencement from January 2025. Please review the position description for further information, including the selection criteria.

If this sounds like an opportunity for you, we want to hear from you! Apply now ensuring you carefully address each of the selection criteria in your application. Don't miss this chance to work at Western Sydney University, where every day is an opportunity to make a difference!

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A $106,765 to $128,989 p.a. (comprising Salary of $90,218 to $108,997 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the Recruitment Team at

Closing Date: Sunday 9th June 2024

Please note: You MUST use the attached CV/Resume template with your application.

Information on the Academic Decasualisation program and preparing for interviews is available via the following link: Academic Decasualisation Program

How to Apply

Please use the following link to be directed to Western Sydney University’s website, to submit your application:

You MUST use the attached CV/Resume template with your application. In addition to your resume and cover letter, you are required to address the selection criteria in your application.

Please note, only those applications submitted via the WSU online recruitment system will be accepted.


Western Sydney University is a major urban university spread over six campuses in Western Sydney, the nation’s third largest economy and a region of great opportunity, diversity, challenge and growth. The University has a strong connection to Greater Western Sydney, working with its communities and businesses to contribute to the region’s growth. The University is culturally diverse, with approximately 3,315 staff and 44,000 students drawn from Australia and around the world.

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