Charter of Cultural Diversity

Located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, Swinburne acknowledges the rich cultural heritage of the First Nations People. Our Charter of Cultural Diversity reaffirms, and extends this acknowledgement and respect to the many cultures that make up our diverse community. We believe educational excellence is achieved by valuing and nurturing each individual within its community.

Within this charter, Swinburne aims to: 

  • recognise the importance of cultural diversity and affirm our commitment to the principles of inclusiveness, mutual respect, equality and social cohesion
  • express our underlying and abiding appreciation of Australia’s open, progressive, democratic and multicultural values and traditions
  • create a vibrant intellectual and innovative community and workplace that enjoys the full advantage of the wide ranging economic, educational and social benefits of cultural diversity
  • express our belief that cultural diversity is one of the priceless assets of humanity, which we wish to embrace and to nurture.

In the context of the charter, we intend for ‘cultural diversity’ to mean cultural, religious, racial and linguistic diversity.

This charter does not create in any person any legal right or give rise to any civil cause of action.

Principles

Commitment to cultural diversity

Swinburne recognises, celebrates and values the cultural diversity of all members of our community. We value the benefits and richness that such diversity engenders. 

Equality

Swinburne supports the rights and entitlements of all our members from diverse backgrounds to mutual respect, equality and understanding free from any discrimination, biases or prejudices. 

Right to express heritage

Swinburne supports the rights and entitlements of all our members to promote, preserve and express their heritage within the university. This includes racial and cultural heritage and identity, religion, traditions and languages. Right to express heritage is in the context of Australia's shared laws, values, aspirations and responsibilities. 

Right to participate

Swinburne supports the rights and entitlements of all our members from diverse backgrounds to access opportunities that it offers. This includes to achieve advancement, to participate in, and to contribute fully to the social, cultural, economic and political life of the university. 

Access to services

Swinburne affirms the rights and entitlements of all our members, to access services provided by the university. These services will be delivered on the basis of equality and fair treatment of all our members.

Promoting understanding and mutuality

Swinburne commits to promoting unity, understanding and harmony among our culturally diverse community. We will foster a culture of understanding, acceptance, appreciation and respect within our diverse communities.

Commitment to shared values

Swinburne recognises that respect and support for cultural diversity are best achieved through shared and common commitment by our members. This commitment extends to the dignity of the human person, to Australia's laws, values, aspirations, duties and traditions. The duties, responsibilities and obligations associated with responsible citizenship are also relevant.

Benefits of cultural diversity

Swinburne recognises that cultural diversity is an asset and an invaluable resource for us. We seek to promote the social, cultural, educational and economic benefits of diversity for the benefit, enjoyment and enrichment of the university and our members, partners and the general community.

Commitment to cross-cultural partnerships

Swinburne will continue to develop, strengthen and maintain cross-cultural partnerships and relationships. Partnerships with individuals, organisations and community groups will allow us to collaborate with, promote and enhance cultural diversity opportunities and benefits, within Australia and internationally.

Commitment to a whole-of-university approach 

Swinburne further recognises that our commitment to cultural diversity should be reflected in a whole-of-university approach to policy development, implementation and evaluation.