Diversity and inclusion action plans
Our multi-year action plans align with the Diversity and Inclusion Framework to improve inclusion at Monash University. Each action plan focuses on a priority area to ensure we are supporting all staff and students to feel safe and included at work and study.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff and Students
Monash University aspires to be a national leader in Indigenous Australian advancement for staff, students and communities by creating an inclusive, respectful and welcoming environment that embeds Indigenous knowledges, worldviews and voices. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan builds on our existing work and reflects the initial phase of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Framework 2019-2030.
Staff and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Monash has a diverse student body and staff profile drawn from different backgrounds, religions, cultures and countries. We use English as our shared language of learning, teaching, research and administration, but we draw strength from our diverse staff and student populations. We understand that our different perspectives make us innovative and progressive, and celebrate the differences that make us special.
Staff and students of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities
Monash University aspires to be national leader in maintaining a best-practice approach to inclusion of students and staff of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities through leadership support, engagement with the broader community and visibility of our practices, programs and initiatives. We recognise that when students feel safe and included in their study environment they have better outcomes in participation, wellbeing and success. We also recognise that an inclusive environment where staff can bring their whole selves to work facilitates a sense of belonging that leads to increased engagement, wellbeing and career satisfaction, and improved staff retention and productivity.
Staff and students with disability, ongoing medical or mental health condition
Monash University aspires to be a national leader in empowering staff and students with disability, ongoing medical or mental health condition to achieve by providing a safe, accessible and fair environment. We are investing in services that support these staff and students to have a full and enriching experience at Monash, and to be able to take up opportunities and thrive irrespective of their different abilities.
Gender equality and gender equity
Monash University is working to ensure we are a destination of choice for staff and students irrespective of their gender, by creating a fair and equitable workplace and study environment. Staff diversity is a key to excellence and innovation and we celebrate the strength that difference creates. Over the years we have implemented innovative policies and programs to promote equal opportunity and to increase the participation of women in senior roles.
Students from low socio-economic backgrounds
Monash University aspires to be recognised as a national leader in increasing the social mobility of students from low SES communities. We strongly believe in supporting educationally disadvantaged students to access university, have a fulfilling experience while here and graduate ready to start their careers and make significant contributions to the wider community.