Pillar one: Culture

Culture is one of the Swinburne AccessAbility Action Plan's (AAP) six key pillars for action. 

We support a positive and inclusive environment for all, including people living with disability and carers. We will actively seek contributions from students and staff living with disability when developing and implementing policy and practice guidelines. We will at all times embrace diversity and pride ourselves on providing high quality, accessible and inclusive education and employment.


Establish strong leadership and governance.

Actions and responsibility

1.1 Establish an AAP Steering Group as a committee of the Vice-Chancellor, to advise on all matters of relevant policy including directions for monitoring the AAP, an annual review and reporting of outcomes.

Responsibility: Vice-President, International and Students

1.2 Establish effective communication channels, including key points and champions within each academic unit or department, for cascading information relevant to the AAP throughout Swinburne.

Responsibility: Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost with Manager, Student Equity and AccessAbility Services, Deans, Executive Director, Pathways and Vocational Education, Director, Educational Leadership and Student Experience, Director of Learning, Swinburne Online, Head of Corporate and Government Services, and Registrar

1.3 Implement an annual AAP forum that provides an opportunity for consultation and input from stakeholders, including students, staff, and representatives from Indigenous, disability and carers peak bodies, on AAP progress and other relevant information.

Responsibility: Manager, Student Equity and AccessAbility Services with Director, People and Culture

1.4 Relevant student bodies and student representatives will actively engage, support and encourage students living with a disability, and carers, including engagement in leadership and volunteering roles in the Swinburne community.

Responsibility: Student Representative Council (SRC) and Swinburne Student Union (SSU)

1.5 Partner with government, industry and philanthropic stakeholders to support initiatives including research and community-based programs aimed at improving outcomes for people living with disability, and carers.

Responsibility: Vice-President, Engagement with Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research

1.6 Swinburne’s Behaviour Risk Assessment and Management Committee will lead awareness raising about the personal safety needs of students and staff living with disability, and encourage use of the Safer Communities website.

Responsibility: Manager, Student Equity and AccessAbility Services

1.7 Develop an award program to recognise outstanding achievement for students registered with Disability Services and for staff who exemplify accessible practice.

Responsibility: Manager, Student Equity and AccessAbility Services