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

At Swinburne, we actively promote a culture of inclusion, where diverse backgrounds, genders, sexuality, age, cultures and abilities is celebrated.

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

Swinburne has long been a champion of workplace gender equality. We have been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality many times and are compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 reporting requirements.

Swinburne has long been a champion of workplace gender equality. We have been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality many times and are compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 reporting requirements.

Read more about our commitment to gender equality.

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 parental leave for all genders and flexible working arrangements.

Our initiatives in action

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    AccessAbility Action Plan

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

  • Reconciliation Action Plan

    Swinburne’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) builds on our long standing commitment, over two decades, to the education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.

Swinburne cultivates a culture of excellence, dignity, and respect, and continues to create a space where our employees and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities can feel safe and be given equal opportunity to thrive and contribute.

Swinburne has a number of LGBTIQ+ programs designed to support students and staff.

Swinburne Ally Network 

The Swinburne Ally Network is composed of LGBTIQ+ identifying and non-identifying staff and students who champion inclusion at Swinburne. The group contributes to the design and implementation of the Swinburne’s LGBTIQ+ inclusion programs and organises events and learning sessions that raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ issues and celebrate our inclusive workplace. 

To learn more about the Swinburne Ally Network, or if you are interested in joining, please contact allynetwork@swinburne.edu.au

Gender Agenda

Gender Agenda is a student-led, staff-supported social support group for trans and gender diverse students. The group organises learning sessions and guest speakers for the benefit of its members and the community. 

For those who are trans and/or gender diverse and are looking for a strong social support group at university please contact GenderAgenda@swinburne.edu.au

Please visit our staff intranet (login required) or contact LGBTIQ@swinburne.edu.au for additional information.

Equity and diversity news

Equity and diversity events

  • Student Life
    • Diversity

    Sharing Stories - Inspiring Inclusiveness, celebrating diversity competition

    Are you a current Swinburne student?

    Submit a creative piece that inspires inclusiveness! This could be from personal experience (communicating your opinions/beliefs/values) or experiences from someone close to you.

    Tue 13 October to Mon 16 November
    9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Learn more (Sharing Stories - Inspiring Inclusiveness, celebrating diversity competition)
  • Community
    • Partnerships

    Community Bank at Swinburne webinar | Incentives for First Home Buyers

    Join Community Bank at Swinburne as leading property portfolio specialist, Christine Williams, explores everything you need to know about buying your first home, including any government incentives.

    Wed 24 March
    11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Community Bank at Swinburne webinar | Incentives for First Home Buyers)
  • Community

    My Gender Equal Future Graphic Poster Competition

    Imagine a future where everyone enjoys equal opportunities, choices, resources and services. A world that is better, safer and fairer for all of us, with balanced, more successful families, richer workplaces and healthier communities. You can show your idea now!

    In partnership with Swinburne University and Knox City Council, PLEDGE will be holding a graphic poster competition. This competition is open to people aged 16-21 who live, work or study in the Knox area. We’re inviting people to imagine a future where all genders are equal and to present their ideas in a graphic poster.

    Wed 31 March
    12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
    Online
    Free
    Find out more (My Gender Equal Future Graphic Poster Competition)

Contact us

To enquire about our diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives, please email inclusion@swinburne.edu.au.

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