Functions of the IPC
The NTEU Indigenous Policy Committee was established to undertake the following responsibilities. In conjunction with other committees of the Union, to formulate policy and advise the Executive on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in employment and education in tertiary education institutions.
- To provide advice and support on developing strategies to recruit and provide relevant services, training and representation to Indigenous Australians
- To provide advice to the Executive, National Office and Divisions on liaison with Indigenous organisations and communities relevant to the work of the NTEU.
- To assist the union in lobbying Government and other organisations on issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students in tertiary education.
- To assist NTEU’s work with other unions representing Indigenous Australians in order to increase our capacity to work together.
- To assist and promote the NTEU’s involvement in fora relating to the needs and interests of Indigenous Australians
- The Committee should be composed in the first instance of an Executive Convenor plus eight Indigenous members elected from the National Indigenous Members Forum, for two year terms.
The Committee is funded for three meetings per year, with funding provision for special projects. As is the case with other standing committee’s, the Executive has the power to co-opt additional members should it be deemed necessary from the point of view providing representation of particular sections of the unions membership (for example, ensuring TAFE and certain amount of regional representation).