Candidate statement for:
I’m a proud Aboriginal man from the Awabakal Nation who has worked in the Higher Education sector since 2010 in roles focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, retention, student support and community engagement.
I aim to be a strong advocate of supporting real and meaningful change that impact the First Nations staff and students at our University and we need to bring Indigenous Knowing, Being and Doing into the work of NTEU.
In my time as a member of the Branch Committee here at the University of Sydney I have led the push for enforceable targets. Cultural safety and a voice for our First Nations people and played a key part in not only pushing for the historical strike on First Nations issues, but ensuring that it had the support of our community,
In my role at the University I work on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agenda within the Faculty of Medicine and Health and have shown that I have a track record of success in areas that have an impact on the First Nations community.
I undertake a range of leadership roles within the local Aboriginal community including representation on a number of Aboriginal Controlled Organisations where I promote the work of the NTEU and our focus on First Nations issues.
NTEU Fightback has been the one group within the Branch Committee that is unwavering in the support of our First Nations agenda and were key in pushing for the May 24th Strike focusing on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff. I will continue to push for a workplace where our rights are protected and with the current cost of living crisis NTEU Fightback we will push for a REAL Pay increase above inflation.
NTEU Fightback is a crew of the staunchest, most dedicated unionists: Alma Torlakovic, Jeremy Heathcote, Jennifer Huch-Hoogvliet, Catherine Sutton-Brady, Nicole MacDougall, Lucy Nicolls and David Allen.
A vote for Fightback is a vote for real action:
Tracey Cameron (Gamilaroi) – Jeremy has shown both in his role on Branch Committee, but also across his role within the University and community that he brings the University to the community which allows us to know what’s happening and shows our younger ones that education and employment is within the reach of our people.
Jasper Garay (Darkinjung and Ngarigu)
I have known Jeremy for a number of years and he is not only dedicated to fighting for the issues being faced by our First Nations staff but has shown through his work within the NTEU that First Nations business is everyone’s responsibility. I endorse him for the Identified role as it will ensure Cultural Safety and a First Nations voice is given for our staff.
Cheryl Ah-See (Wiradjuri)
I’ve known Jeremy for more than 12 years, having worked with him at the University of New South Wales and here at University of Sydney. He has shown his commitment to putting First Nations working conditions and concerns to the branch committee and as a Proud Aboriginal man, Jeremy with his strong connections would be ideal for the Identified role within our Branch Committee. He is, and always has been, committed to Cultural Safety and is willing to advocate for staff who need support in this area.