Our progress

Swinburne has taken a number of practical actions to support gender equity in science. We submitted our application for a Bronze SAGE award 29 March 2018 and received the award on 5 December 2018. Here is what we have achieved so far.

Reviewing data, practices and policies

From September 2015 to March 2018 we collected data on our current student and staff practices and policies aimed at ensuring we identified and mitigate any barriers to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. Focus groups were also conducted across all academic STEMM areas to seek input on how to better support women in STEMM.

The results were shared with our Swinburne community in September 2018.

We are now analysing relevant 2018 data and aim to present this at an event in July 2019.

School holiday program

In light of the SAGE Pilot Program and feedback from staff, we have conducted a suite of successful school holiday programs for primary school-aged children at the Hawthorn campus. These programs have been run in most school holiday periods since July 2017.

The program is available for the dependants of Swinburne employees, contractors, students and friends of Swinburne dependants. These programs are offered during all Victorian public school holiday periods, excluding December.

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 created an additional parents' room at our Hawthorn campus in room EN611e.

We have an additional parents' room in the SPW building at Hawthorn (SPW126), Ground Floor Luton Lane (2L006c) and a new one at Wantirna (WG109).

Workplace of Choice for Gender Equality

In February 2019, Swinburne has been named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the tenth consecutive year by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).


In October 2016, Swinburne offered a suite of five ongoing prestigious Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowships for female applicants in STEM. Four women were appointed in July 2017 and 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 STEM. Further Women in STEM VC Research Fellowships are planned during the four year action plan.

Parental leave entitlements

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


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

A new scholarship for women in aviation was introduced in October 2018.

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:

  • established Executive group targets for working towards gender equity in leadership representation and reducing the pay gap
  • recruitment processes and education to enable reporting, evaluation, and equity and transparency to be embedded
  • more breastfeeding and unisex 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
  • PhD student and Swinburne-wide equity and inclusion survey.

Upcoming events


  • Change Agents information session (25 February 2019)
  • Launch of WATTLE (SWAN network rebrand) (8 March 2019)
  • Latest SAGE data analysis and insights and action plan progress (July 2019)
  • Further updates coming

Past events


  • Intersex Human Rights  Australia executive co-director Morgan Carpenter as part of Swinburne Pride March– 17 October 2018
  • SAGE results celebration and forum – 3 September 2018


  • Intersectionality 101: What is it and what can Swinburne do about it? - 19 July 2017
  • STEMM Gender Equity and Diversity focus groups - 19 June-4 July 2017
  • Professor Tom Welton presents SAGE: going for bronze, then silver and gold - 13 January 2017


  • 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.

Ms Marcia Gough Chair, SAGE Steering Committee
Sarah Maddison SAGE Project Lead
Angela McMillan SAGE Project Manager
Andrew J Smith Member
Helena Scheepers Member
Sarah Russell Member
Ajay Kapoor Member
Scott Thompson-Whiteside Member
Sandra Kozelj Member
Julia Scott Member
Hung Nguyen Member
Jessica MacIntyre Member
Jahar Bhowmik Member
Amy Sapountzoglou Member
Christine Critchley Member
Andrew Gunstone Member
Aiji Tjiam Member
Nola Pappas Secretariat
Kathleen De Boer Member (PhD Student Representative)
Artemis Capa Member (Undergraduate Student Representative)
TBA Early Career Researcher