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Personal Responsibility for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at the University of Tasmania

The University is committed to ensuring that our people are at the centre of everything we do. We aim to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment
  • Advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships between those who share a protected attribute and those who do not.

We will only achieve this if all members of the University community take personal responsibility for advancing inclusion, diversity and equity.

Increase your awareness

All members of the University must comply with the University’s University Behaviour Policy. You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with what is expected of you. Our Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Principles provide the overarching framework within which we work.

All senior University leaders are responsible for ensuring that members of the University community are aware of, and comply with, the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusiveness. Heads of Units, managers and supervisors are required to demonstrate and promote equity, diversity and inclusivity in the University environment.

The University will also ensure that opportunities are provided for staff to build capacity in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusivity, particularly those in a leadership or supervisory role.

The Equity & Diversity Policies & Legislation section of this website gives more information about the legislative requirements and what the University must do to comply with these requirements.

The University offers training courses to help you develop your knowledge of IDE:

Equal Opportunity Online

The University aims to enable an inclusive and diverse environment in which all students and staff are treated fairly and equitably; free of harassment and discrimination.

To raise the awareness of staff about harassment and discrimination issues, and to be clear about expected standards of behaviour, the University requires all newly appointed staff to complete the online equal opportunity training program, EO Online 'Fair Play on Campus'.  All staff can access this resource and gain a refresher.

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness

We are pleased to offer staff a range of training options which are aimed at increasing your awareness of Australian Aboriginal Culture and creating a culturally safe and inclusive University environment.

The Ally Network

We have an established Ally Network at the University, it aims to promote an inclusive university culture for people of diverse sexuality and gender identities. Anyone can become an Ally by participating in an interactive workshop to become better acquainted with your role as an Ally, and to develop a better understanding of the issues experienced by people of diverse sexuality and gender identities. Workshops are held twice yearly please contact Jacinta Vanderfeen, Equity and Diversity Coordinator, People and Wellbeing to register your interest or find out further details.

Managing Unconscious Bias at Work

The University Learning and Development Portal, LinkedIn Learning is accessible to all staff using their University login details and it also provides a useful introduction to the concept of Unconscious Bias. The 25 minute course can be accessed online. You can also take the Implicit Association Test, as another way of increasing your awareness of unconscious bias.

Integrate Inclusion Diversity & Equity into your work

If you are developing or revising a significant policy or procedure, or carrying out a project, we encourage you to think about IDE in a more systematic way and consider the potential impact of your actions. For more information please contact Organisational Design and Development team.

Make your voice heard

Decision-making is most effective when diverse opinions are heard and taken into account. Take advantage of opportunities to contribute to discussions. Respond to any surveys or participate in focus groups run by your work area or the University and give your personal experience of issues that affect you. Any consultations run by the University are advertised on the Staff Intranet.

There are also opportunities to directly influence decisions by joining a committee or working group. Some areas of the University have specific Equity Committees (link to new page called University Equity Committees) and all committees benefit from diverse membership.

We all have a role to play in speaking out against behaviour or practices which is unfair or highlighting where there is an opportunity to do more to promote equality.