The University of Queensland is committed to developing and maintaining a work environment that provides equal opportunities to all staff members, from all backgrounds and lifestyles. In order to foster this culture, a number of programs have been designed and implemented by the University to ensure that all staff have an equal access to participation and career growth.

These programs cover:

Details about these programs can be viewed below and via the side-bar navigation pannel. 

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Programs for Gender Equity

Programs for Gender Equity

The  University of Queensland Strategic Plan 2014-2017 outlines that it will strive to support the career progression of women, with a particular focus on the career progressions of academic women.

Gender equity is achieved when people of all genders are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities. Research has shown that for a number of reasons women often experience barriers or challenges in accessing these same rewards, resources and opportunities in employment. The University is committed to providing specific support programs to address and remove these barriers.

The University of Queensland is committed to achieving gender equity in the workplace, and has designed the following programs to help provide equal access to rewards, resources and opportunities for career progression and growth for staff of all genders at UQ. A number of programs exist, targeting the multifacted aspects of gender equity.

More information on some UQ programs designed to promote gender equity in the workplace are listed below, or can be seen in the sidebar pannel. For information about these or other gender equity programs of the University, such as the Breastfeeding Network, please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

Programs For Inclusiveness of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People

Programs For Inclusiveness of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People

The University of Queensland is a socially diverse environment with staff from many backgrounds and lifestyles. Each staff member brings to the University unique experiences and knowledge that enriches the University.

The University of Queensland provides a number of resources and programs which help enrich and embrace its culturally and linguistically diverse workplace.

Cultural Diversity and Innovation. 

Earlier in October 2017 the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity met in Brisbane to discuss cultural diversity and innovation within organisations. Professor Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor & President attended as a guest speaker and panellist for the event, discussing the importance of a diverse workforce and the benefits to a cultural and linguistic diverse organisation. The video of the presentation is now available online. 

Racism. It Stops With Me Campaign.

The University of Queensland has pledged its support to the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign. The ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign is an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), which encourages individuals and organisations to promote awareness of the impacts of racism, and to prevent and eliminate racism in the community.

Racism can take many forms and can indirectly or directly exclude people from our community based on perceptions of an individual’s race. It often manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice. AHRC led research demonstrates that racism has a significant impact at an individual and community level, and is linked to poor physical and mental health.

The University of Queensland takes a very strong stance against racism, and is proud to be a part of this campaign.

Toolkit for a Cultural and Linguistic Diverse Workplace

The Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) toolkit provides a comprehensive overview of how to effectively manage cultural diversity in the workplace. This resource can be found here.

AMF Managing Cultural Diversity Resource.

There are a number of other excellent resources for staff available in our ‘Guides for Staff’ here.

Inclusive Practice

The University of Queensland Inclusive Practice website contains resources providing insight from exemplary practitioners on the topic of inclusive practices in education. For more information about UQ Inclusive Practice, please see the Inclusive Practice website.

The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Inclusive Language page also provides information on inclusive practice in the work and study environments. 


Programs for Disability Inclusion

Programs for Disability Inclusiveness

The University of Queensland is committed to supporting and promoting the right of people with disabilities to contribute and work on an equitable basis with other members of the University community.

UQ has a number of services, resources and programs that enable staff with disabilities to have equal access and opportunity for career growth and rewards.


Work Environment

The University of Queensland is committed to providing a safe and comfortable work environment for all staff. Adjustment may be required to the work environment to enable individuals to better carry out the inherent requirements of the position. Such adjustments should be discussed with the immediate supervisor of the staff member. Information about external services that may assist in this regard is available from the Occupational Health and Safety Unit, through the Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Advisor.

The Library also provides a number of services that may be helpful. Information about these services can be found here:  

Access to facilities and parking

The physical accessibility and facilities of UQ campuses can be found on the Property and Facilities website. These maps can be found here:

If you have a mobility impairment and experience difficulties in accessing any facilities at any of the UQ campuses, or feel that they require attention, please contact Property and Facilities via email or on 07 336 52776.

UQ Traffic and Parking provides special need parking permits for staff. More information about these can be found here:

Support Services

Staff or supervisors seekking support for staff relating to mental health concerns should contact their Human Resources Client Team. This team can then refer the staff member to the Staff Support and Rehabilitation Advisor, Human Resources Division.

The Employee Assist Program is also a useful service and resource for staff members. More information about this can be found here. The Manager Assist Program is a useful resource for supervisors, and more information about this program can be found here.


Disability Action Plan

The Disability Action Plan (DAP) provides an operational framework for the University's commitment to ensuring the University environment is accessible for people with all abilities. The Plan was developed in consultation with over 80 people across the University, and steered by a Working Party. The DAP can be viewed here: The University of Queensland Disability Action Plan 2016-2018. If you ahve any questions or comments about the DAP, please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

Guides for Staff

Our ‘Guides for Staff’ page provides a number of resources that may be helpful to staff members who have a disability, and for supervisors managing staff who have a disability.

There are also policies related to staff who have a disability that may be helpful sources of information.

Programs For Gender and Sexuality Diversity Inclusion

Programs For LGBTI Inclusiveness

The University values and has a commitment to the diversity of sexualities and gender identities amongst its staff, as demonstrated in The University of Queensland Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

To demonstrate this commitment, the University promotes its award-winning Ally Network program. The program aims to raise awareness and visibility, and to provide support to UQ staff with diverse sexualities and gender identities.

The ‘Guides for Staff’ section also provides a number of resources for staff who identify as LGBTI and for supervisors of LGBTI staff.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has developed a guide to compare Australian universities in relation to their policies, programs and initiatives for LGBTI students. More information can be found on the LGBTI Uni Guide website

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