Policy Redesign Project

All policies and procedures are being reviewed as part of this project. This document is pending review, but remains in effect until the review is carried out.

Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practice Statement

Establishment:Academic Senate, 3 July 2002
Last Amended:
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Date Last Reviewed:  
Responsible Officer:Director, Human Resources

Flinders is committed to equity, equal opportunity and cultural diversity.

Flinders University operates within a culturally diverse society and recognises that each student and staff member brings their own unique capabilities, experiences and characteristics to the study or work environment.

The Flinders' community comprises academic and professional staff, students and visitors, who may be Indigenous or non-Indigenous Australians or from overseas. People within our community

  • have diverse national, racial, ethnic, religious and language origins
  • live with a range of abilities and disabilities
  • experience different socio-economic histories and status
  • encompass different genders and sexual identities   

Fundamental Principle

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.  


To recognise our commitment to cultural diversity and to sustain and enhance a culturally inclusive environment, Flinders University will

  • continue to promote a respect for cultural diversity in University programs and policies;
  • continue to encourage our staff and students to observe the values of inclusiveness and fairness whilst maintaining high professional standards so they are able to effectively interact with and operate in culturally diverse communities;
  • continue to provide adequate facilities and use materials and methods that are culturally appropriate for students and staff in the University;
  • develop further initiatives that promote mutual respect, harmony, cooperation and opportunities for cross-cultural exchange; and
  • support an educational approach to the challenges that cultural diversity brings.   

For more information

Please contact the Professional Development Unit or Equal Opportunity
Phone: 8201 2564, 8201 3735