The University actively promotes awareness of and respect for, the diversity of our staff and students. Equal opportunity and anti-discrimination policies and practices are required of universities and other organisations under state and federal legislation in Australia. It is unlawful to discriminate against staff and students in employment and education on the grounds outlined in the legislation, including sex, race, sexuality, pregnancy, caring responsibilities, age or disability.

The legislation includes the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012) which has a focus on promoting and improving gender equality and outcomes for both women and men in the workplace.

Flinders University values and respects the social, cultural and linguistic diversity of its community and encourages inclusive practices in order to provide an environment that is creative, innovative, flexible and productive. We have a series of internal policies and strategies that support the legislative requirements. These are complemented by the development of programs and initiatives in all areas and at all levels of the University to support and encourage diversity in our staff and student population.

We have a well-established structure to address grievances associated with discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. Our procedures have an emphasis on informal resolution processes and in many instances we are able to respond quickly to problems that arise and achieve a positive outcome for all people concerned.

As Vice-Chancellor at Flinders University, I would remind all staff and students of their obligations to incorporate equal opportunity principles into their academic and working practices so that the University environment and culture is one of equal access and equal opportunity.

Professor Colin J Stirling