CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman.
CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman. CHRIS ISON

CQUni's recruitment at risk

CQUNIVERSITY Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman is disappointed by a legal ruling that he believes may jeopardise the university's recruitment of indigenous students.

The university was refused permission from the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to make the position of indigenous recruitment officer exclusive to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

Professor Bowman said he believed the best person for the role would be an indigenous person.

“CQUniversity makes no apologies for seeking to pursue the most effective applicant for the unique position of indigenous recruitment officer, being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual,” he said.

“We are disappointed by the ruling and how it could potentially affect our proud record of boosting indigenous participation in tertiary studies, but we will respect the decision.

“We are among the most successful universities in Australia at facilitating higher education among ATS students.”

QCAT's Michelle Howard said the application did not seem to be in the community's interest, but seemed

to support an appropriate purpose in encouraging indigenous students.

Councillor Stephen Schwarten said it was a pity there was no recognisable Aboriginal leader the university could have enlisted to help with their application.

“This might have produced a different result,” Cr Schwarten said.

The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner said the university's application for a five-year exemption from state anti-discrimination laws was refused on the grounds of “insufficient information”.

A record of the decision from QCAT said CQUniversity did not provide the necessary statements and submissions in support of the application.



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