Monash Progress Report 2022 – Goal 16
Monash University Progress Report 2022 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
2022 Publications Performance View
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 292
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.65
3 Year Rolling Mean FWCI of Monash Outputs: 2.24
The Monash IP Observatory View
Since 2019 the Monash IP Observatory, housed at SoDa Laboratories in the Monash Business School, has been measuring the activity and quality of over 400 million internet addresses globally, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Observatory's data play a key role in supporting international accountability and justice by providing the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights daily updates that are critical to their work in tackling human rights violations both online and offline.
Strengthening Equality Laws View
Monash Law School research is helping to address the enforcement of antidiscrimination law, impact of Covid-19 on workers with family responsibilities, pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution in resolving legal disputes. Associate Professor Dominique Allen has worked with various Human Rights Commissions, and other authorities and gathered evidence about how the law is ‘working on the ground’ in order for law reforms to be realistic and achievable. Her latest research project focuses on women’s experiences using Victoria’s anti-discrimination laws.
Unit Statistics and Highlights View
In 2022, 320 units directly related to SDG16 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 13,096 individual students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to peace, justice and strong institutions:
Regulatory Issues for Transnational Business View
Students in this unit examine transnational business regulatory and compliance regimes relevant to global business operations, and how transnational business entities fit into the global community of international legal persons. A variety of legal relationships existing in the transnational community are analysed, including consideration of the ethical and compliance aspects raised by each. Case studies, role playing and class simulations are used to explore interactions between transnational business regulation and compliance regimes and business culture and decision making.
Executive Education: Modern Slavery Reporting View
Monash Centre for Financial Studies and Monash Executive Education at Monash Business School have launched a new open program focused on Modern Slavery Reporting. Utilising the Modern Slavery Disclosure (MSD) scoring framework designed by the MCFS, the new program provides participants with a fundamental understanding of current global regulatory developments on modern slavery, explains the reporting requirements of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 and offers guidance on how best to respond to these criteria using Monash’s MSD framework.
McKinnon Institute for Political Leadership View
The McKinnon Institute is Australia’s only organisation dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of our political leadership. It aims to build the capability and diversity of our state and federal members of Parliament through professional development programs that equip and enable political leaders to lead effectively. Non-partisan and not-for-profit, it was established in June 2019 through a partnership with Monash University and the Susan McKinnon Foundation.
In 2022, the McKinnon Institute ran the inaugural program for new members of the federal parliament. These sessions were designed with the cooperation of the major parties and the crossbench, confirming that the McKinnon Institute has the trust and respect of all groups in the parliament.
Monash Law Clinics View
The Monash Law Clinics seek to empower disadvantaged members of our communities through access to legal services and advocacy support, as well as to inspire life-long learning in students. These clinics are enabled by the support provided by the University, government, philanthropists and the legal profession.
The depth and breadth of the Monash Law Clinics is highlighted by the variety of legal issues covered by the clinics, including (for example) the Afghan Support Clinic, ELEOS Anti-Death Penalty Clinic, Climate Justice Clinic, Grata Fund Democracy and Freedoms Clinic, Cohealth Monash Legal Assistance Clinic, Human Rights Clinic, Australian Law Reform Clinic, LawTech Clinic, Lawyer Assisted Family Dispute Resolution Clinic, National Justice Project Clinic, Modern Slavery Clinic, TradeLab Clinic, the Innovation / Start Up Clinic, Social Security Rights Victoria Clinic, ATO Tax Clinic and the Access to Justice Clinic
In 2022, the new ATO Tax Clinic was added. A protocol with the Victorian County Court has been established for the referral to the clinic of self-represented litigants in matters initiated by the Australian Taxation Office when seeking to recover debts.
Financial Disclosure View
In accordance with the requirements and regulations under the Financial Management Act 1994, Monash University tables its Annual Report (including financial statements) in the Victorian Parliament and is a publicly available document on the Monash University website.
Elected Representation View
Monash University Council is the governing body of Monash University, established by the Monash University Act 2009. As part of the requirements under the Act, Monash University are required to elect two positions to Council – an elected student member position and an elected staff member position.
Monash Student Association View
The Monash Student Association (MSA) is the focal point of campus life and the peak representative body for undergraduate students at Monash Clayton. Established in 1961, MSA has a proud history of serving and protecting all students' interests.
ESG Governance and Reporting View
In 2022, significant work was undertaken in order to support the commitments expressed in Monash University’s Environmental, Social and Governance Statement 2021-2025.
An ESG Steering Committee was established in November 2022 to provide additional oversight to implementation of commitments in the ESG Statement and to advance progress against the SDGs. Members of this Steering Committee are nominated to represent and be accountable for ESG priority areas at the Committee, including progress toward meeting ESG priorities and identifying emerging risks to achieving those priorities and proposed mitigation measures.
An ESG Reporting Framework was also developed in 2022 to provide guidance in reporting Monash’s progress of its ESG priorities as outlined in the ESG Statement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advances. The inaugural ESG report will be published in 2023.