Equity and diversity

At Swinburne, we are all responsible for creating a culture that provides an environment that is safe, flexible and fair. It is also culturally appropriate, friendly and professional – free from discrimination and harassment.

We seek to create a culture of acceptance. We cultivate and respect the strength that difference creates. Swinburne celebrates the diversity of its community and recognises the rights and responsibilities of all those within it.

Equity and diversity in action

Regardless of race, religion, ability, sexuality or gender, Swinburne actively promotes a culture that is inclusive for all. 

Swinburne has initiated the following strategies and action plans to promote and increase diversity and equality for staff and students.

Our scholarships and grants are some examples of these strategies in action.

Gender equality

Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality ‌Swinburne has long been a champion of gender equality. Since 2009 we’ve been an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, and in 2016 we were one of 106 organisations in Australia to achieve this.

We celebrate and respect the strength that difference creates and are committed to progressing gender equality. To create a fair and equitable workplace, all genders need to enjoy the same opportunities, support, outcomes and rights.

We focus on providing support and working conditions that enable our staff greater work-life balance. This includes generous paternity and maternity leave for families and flexible working arrangements.

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot

‌Swinburne is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot program, which aims to address the underrepresentation of women in the science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. Swinburne is one of 40 Australian institutions taking part in the two-year pilot program of the UK's Athena SWAN Charter.

Pride @ Swinburne

Swinburne commits to creating a diverse and inclusive culture across our university. Staff and students of diverse gender and sexual identity and expression are an integral part of our diversity.

Financial inclusion

‌Swinburne was the first educational institution to participate in the Financial Inclusion Action Plan pilot program. The program aims to address the financial exclusion in our community by introducing initiatives that support our students enduring financial hardship.

Cultural diversity

Swinburne was the first university in Australia to launch a Charter of Cultural Diversity. It reaffirms and extends acknowledgement and respect for the many cultures that make up the Swinburne community. The Charter is underpinned by a set of Cultural Objectives, with initiatives in the areas of Culture and Capability, Teaching and Learning, Research and Development, Engagement and International Collaboration.

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    Cultural Diversity Objectives [PDF 3.56MB]

    This document outlines the general principles set out in the charter and translates these principles into specific objectives to provide academic and organisational direction.


Swinburne’s AccessAbility Action Plan 2015-2020 (AAP) details our strategy to create an accessible, supportive university and to be disability confident.


Swinburne contributes to actions that promote and support respect for Indigenous Australians in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia.