Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is 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:

  • Indigenous staff and students
  • Gender equality and gender equity
  • Students from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Staff and students of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities
  • Staff and students with disability, ongoing medical or mental health conditions
  • Staff and students from culturally and linguistically 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 framework and action plans and ensure alignment with broader organisational strategy.
  • Monitor University performance on a range of diversity and inclusion measures with specific focus on measures related to identified priority areas.
  • 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 with specific focus on identified priority areas.
  • Convene sub-committees and working groups to progress business associated with priority areas.

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 (Education) and Vice-President (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 and Diversity
  • Academic Director, Student Experience
  • Monash Graduate 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;, Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities Advisory Group; HEPPP Network)
  • Executive Officer

At the second meeting of the calendar year the Dean of each faculty (or their nominee) will be invited to an annual expanded meeting for the purpose of sharing progress, communicating priorities and providing updates.

The Committee may co-opt members as required, and guests to attend by invitation.


To maintain contemporality the Terms of Reference and membership will be reviewed at the last meeting of each calendar year.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 staff to attend by invitation as appropriate.


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

Executive Support

Jointly provided by Access, Inclusion and Success; Staff Equity and Diversity.

Monitoring and Review

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

Meeting dates for 2021

Meeting 1 2 March 1pm -3pm
Meeting 2
4 May 1pm-3pm
Meeting 3
3 August 1pm-3pm
Meeting 4
9 November 1pm-3pm

Contact information


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

Phone: (+61 3) 9905 3468

Executive Officers

Tara Willersdorf
Phone (+61 3) 9903 1344 (Meetings 1 & 4)

Katie Mitchell
Phone (+61 3) 9902 9915 (Meetings 2 & 3)