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.

Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Framework

Swinburne's framework takes an intersectional approach to all diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. 

Learn more

Our initiatives in action

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    Swinburne Gender Equality Action Plan

    Swinburne's Gender Equality Action Plan cements our commitment to continuously improving our gender equity efforts. It contains gender equity strategies and focused actions to improve gender equity throughout our operations. 

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    AccessAbility Action Plan

    Swinburne’s AccessAbility Action Plan will ensure our working and learning environments are accessible, inclusive and equitable for people with disability.

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    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

  • Thought Leadership

    Swinburne Annual Barak Wonga Oration

    Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm with Oration commencing at 6.30pm

    Tue 28 November
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Level 1, Hawthorn Hotel, 481 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
    Register now (Swinburne Annual Barak Wonga Oration )
  • Community
    • Sustainability
    • Indigenous

    Indigenous Voices in Water Management

    Tue 15 August to Mon 14 August
    5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Level 1, Hawthorn Hotel, 481 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
    Register now (Indigenous Voices in Water Management)
  • Community
    • Diversity
    • Engagement
    • Indigenous

    Swinburne Annual Reconciliation Lecture 2023

    Swinburne and the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice are delighted to welcome Mr Richard Young, a prominent Indigenous artist based in Victoria, to deliver the 2023 Swinburne Annual Reconciliation Lecture.

    Wed 31 May
    5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    SPS136 (Hawthorn campus) and online
    Register now (Swinburne Annual Reconciliation Lecture 2023)
  • Community
    • Diversity
    • Engagement
    • Indigenous

    National Sorry Day Service

    Swinburne is holding a service for staff and students to acknowledge the National Sorry Day and the effect on First Nations people.

    Thu 25 May
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Outside Building AD, next to Co-Ground cafe
    Register now (National Sorry Day Service)
  • Student Life
    • Diversity

    Celebrate Your Heritage

    Celebrate and explore cultural diversity through music, performance, art, food and more! Wear your best traditional dress, join in the parade and win prizes for best-dressed student by student vote.

    Thu 29 September
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    The Atrium, Hawthorn campus
    Register now (Celebrate Your Heritage)
  • Community
    • Diversity
    • Engagement
    • Indigenous

    Swinburne Annual Barak-Wonga Oration 2022

    Take part in advancing understandings in the wider community on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues as part of Swinburne's Reconciliation Action Plan.

    Tue 27 September
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Hawthorn Hotel, 1/481 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
    Register now (Swinburne Annual Barak-Wonga Oration 2022)

Contact us

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

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