Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committeeis an advisory committee reporting to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Committee.  The committee is charged with setting the University’s diversity and inclusion agenda encompassing, but not limited to:

  • Gender equity
  • Indigenous staff and students
  • Staff and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ)
  • Staff and students with disability
  • Staff and students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Staff and students from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Accreditation programs for diversity and inclusion

Terms of reference

The Committee will:

  • Identify the University priorities and objectives to advance Monash’s diversity and inclusion agenda.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of Monash’s diversity and inclusion strategy and plans and ensure alignment with broader organisational strategy.
  • Monitor University performance on a range of diversity and inclusion measures.
  • Act as a reference group and make recommendations on relevant initiatives, policies and procedures.
  • Provide advice on reporting to government agencies and on submissions for accreditation and benchmarking.
  • Provide advice on the development of institutional responses to relevant policy and strategic initiatives taken by government and other external bodies.
  • Commission and receive reports relating to diversity, inclusion, access and equity.
  • Convene sub-committees and working groups to progress business as appropriate.

Meeting frequency

The committee will meet four times per year or as required


The following shall be ex officio members of the committee:

  • President and Vice-Chancellor (Co-Chair)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education) (Co-Chair)
  • Provost or nominee
  • Chief Operating Officer or nominee
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Executive Director, Campus Community Division
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)
  • Manager, Staff Equity Programs
  • Director, Social Inclusion (Access Monash)
  • Monash Postgraduate Association nominee
  • President of the campus-based student association (annual rotation between Monash Student Association, MONSU Caulfield, MONSU Peninsula )
  • Subcommittee Chairs (Athena SWAN Steering Committee, White Ribbon Steering Committee, Diverse Genders and Sexualities Advisory Group, Monash University Diversity and Inclusion Network)
  • Executive Officer

The quorum for the meetings of the committee is one third of the membership taken to the nearest whole number.

The committee may co-opt members as required. Other senior staff to attend by invitation as appropriate.


The following committees and advisory groups report to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

  • Athena SWAN Steering Committee (also known as ‘Self-Assessment Team’)
  • White Ribbon Steering Committee
  • Diverse Genders and Sexualities Advisory Group
  • Monash University Diversity and Inclusion Network

Executive Support

Provided by Monash HR.

Monitoring and Review

The committee’s Terms of Reference will be subject to annual review.

Meeting dates for 2018

Meeting 1 13 March 2018
Meeting 2 29 May 2018
Meeting 3 28 August 2018
Meeting 4 13 November 2018

Contact information

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Phone: (+61 3) 9902 9851

Executive Officer
Phone: (+61 3) 9902 9915