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The University of Queensland’s Equity and Diversity section sits within the Human Resources Division. The Equity and Diversity section is responsible for the oversight of all staff equity and diversity matters.

The principles of equity and diversity are fluid notions and are about proactively developing and maintaining an environment that is both diverse and inclusive. It involves educating people on difference, supporting the acceptance of difference and advocating against any exclusion that may occur. Through practising the principles of equity and diversity we can create a vibrant and inclusive environment that allows ideas to flourish, people to be empowered and communities to grow. 

UQ values equity and diversity, and seeks to reflect the broader community by attracting and retaining high quality staff from a range of backgrounds. UQ is committed to identifying and addressing areas of under-representation amongst staff. The University aims to provide a respectful and healthy work environment for staff from all backgrounds.

The Equity and Diversity section within the Division of Human Resources is responsible for managing the operationalisation of this commitment. We focus on a number of initiatives to help achieve a workplace that is both diverse and inclusive. The Equity and Diversity section has six key focus areas that are our main focus. These are:

The Equity and Diversity section provides a number of programs, training, events and information for these priority areas to help promote inclusiveness and diversity of all staff at UQ. More information about these priority areas can be found here. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples equity related programs, events and training are provided by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

There are a number of networks that help achieve the equity and diversity priorities and objectives of UQ. These are:

If you have an enquiry about equity and diversity staff related matter please contact us here. For any student related enquiries, please contact the Student Union or Student Services.

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Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Equity and Diversity is a fluid notion, which involves developing and maintaining an environment that is inclusive and equal for people from all background and lifestyles.

UQ values equity and diversity, and seeks to reflect the broader community by attracting and retaining high quality staff from a range of backgrounds. UQ is committed to identifying and addressing areas of under-representation amongst staff. The University aims to provide a respectful and healthy work environment for staff from all backgrounds.

The UQ Equity and Diversity section, Human Resources Division, takes a proactive and preventative stance in regards to equity matters to ensure that all staff members have equal access to resources, have equal opportunities and are able to enjoy a pleasant, inclusive and diverse working environment.

The University has identified six key focus areas of equity and diversity in relation to staff, including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples equity, gender equity, cultural and linguistic diversity, disability inclusiveness, age inclusiveness and gender identity and sexuality diversity. To address these focus areas, a number of programs, training, resources and policies have been developed and are provided by Human Resources.

More information about these six focus areas can be found below and via the side-bar navigation: 

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Networks

Networks

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The Equity and Diversity section supports a number of networks of staff who actively promote the goals diversity and inclusivity of UQ. These networks include:

The DHCOs are trained volunteers who can be contacted by staff and students with enquiries related to discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Members of the UQ Ally Network provide a 'safe zone' for students and staff identifying as LGBTI, and promote the University's commitment to developing a safe and inclusive work and study environment.

The Breastfeeding Network is a support network for breastfeeding mothers or expecting mothers who plan to breastfeed.

 

Senate Committee for Equity, Diversity and the Status of Women

Senate Comittee for Equity, Diversity and the Status of Women Committee

UQ's primary committee related to equity and diversity is the Senate Committee for Equity, Diversity and the Status of Women (EDSW Committee).

The EDSW Committee reports to the UQ Senate regarding equity and diversity matters. The EDSW Committee core members comprises of Senators and the two most Senior Executive positions at UQ.

The EDSW Committee is a strategic focussed committee. The Equity and Diversity section is tasked with actioning any relevant items addressed by the EDSW Committee in conjunction with other relevant University Officers and divisions.

The EDSW Committee welcomes staff to identify issues to be discussed at the Committee meetings. Please contact the EDSW Secretariat to discuss this.

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