Our progress

Swinburne has taken a number of practical actions to support gender equity in science. Our submission for the Bronze SAGE award is due 31 March 2018 and this is what we have achieved so far.

Reviewing data, practices and policies

Our SAGE steering committee is collecting and analysing student and staff data, and reviewing our practices and policies, to ensure there are no barriers to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. The results will be shared with our Swinburne community in early 2017.

Initial focus groups have also been conducted across all academic STEMM areas to seek input on how to better support women in STEMM.

Trial school holiday program

In light of the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN program, and feedback from staff, we conducted a successful trial school holiday program for primary school-aged children at the Hawthorn campus in July and September 2017 and January 2018. We are running another program in April 2018 that is available for the dependants of Swinburne employees, contractors, students and friends of Swinburne dependants.

Parents' room

Swinburne is always seeking ways to improve services and facilities for students and staff who need to bring their children on campus. Through the SAGE Pilot Program, we endeavour to remove any barriers that may prevent women particularly from being present at Swinburne. As such, we have created an additional parents' room at our Hawthorn campus in room EN611e.

We will soon launch an additional parents' room in the SPW building at Hawthorn and a new one at Wantirna.

Workplace of Choice for Gender Equality

In December 2016, Swinburne was named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the eighth consecutive year by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).


In October 2016, Swinburne offered a suite of five prestigious fellowships for female applicants in STEMM. These will provide women with the opportunity to fully focus on research early in their careers. Having the security of ongoing research and a teaching position is crucial in ensuring we retain our excellent women in STEMM.

Parental leave entitlements

In October 2016, we extended current parental leave entitlements (staff login) to all primary carers so that all primary carers have equal access to parental leave entitlements as outlined in their respective employment agreements.


We offer a Women in STEMM scholarship program for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology (FSET).

Networking groups

We've established a Women in STEMM networking group for undergraduate FSET students, including our Women in Engineering and Women in ICT groups.

Future initiatives

We will continue to be guided by best-practice and identify gaps and opportunities for improvement. Future SAGE initiatives we are looking into include:

  • more breastfeeding and gender neutral bathroom facilities
  • options for additional childcare on campus, including occasional care, extra parents’ rooms and holiday programs
  • options to support academics with carer responsibilities when engaged in research-related travel
  • programs to support our female academic leaders and early-career researchers
  • strategies to attract more women into our STEMM degree programs
  • an Athena SWAN Advocate program
  • a Swinburne-wide culture survey.

Past events



  • Enhancing gender diversity and gender equity at Swinburne - November 2016


  • Sage information sessions - November 2015

Contact us

Contact us to find out how you can get involved in SAGE at Swinburne.

SAGE self-assessment team

Swinburne's self-assessment team (SAT) are responsible for coordinating our SAGE initiatives. If you have any ideas or feedback get in touch with your local committee member.

Rita Cincotta Chair, SAGE Steering Committee
Sarah Maddison Project Lead
Andrew J Smith Member
Helena Scheepers Member
Scott Thompson-Whiteside Member
Janet Hiller Member
Bernadine Van Gramberg Member
Michelle Gillespie Member
Gaynor Witts Member
John Wilson Member
Ellen Horvat Member
Moreen Lyons Member
Yana Zhang Reporting and Data Analyst
Joyce Howard Secretariat
Angela McMillan SAGE Project Manager