Diversity and inclusion at Monash

margaret gardner

Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Social justice and inclusion are core to Monash University’s goals and values. Since our foundation more than 60 years ago, we have worked to foster an environment where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework is vital to this endeavour. Aligning with our University Strategic Plan, Impact 2030, this Framework adopts an approach to diversity and inclusion that recognises the richness and depth of individual contributions and of our entire University community.

Celebrating that diversity and working to strengthen inclusion enriches the Monash experience. By implementing this Framework each of us is helping to create a modern, harmonious global community.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC
President and Vice-Chancellor

Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2018-2021

Monash University proudly acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which Australian campuses stand and recognise their continuing connection to the land and community. We aim to foster an environment which respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and knowledge, and works towards addressing the legacies of the past.

Equity, diversity and inclusion at Monash University is underpinned by the University’s strategic plan, and the Monash University Ethics Statement. Our previous Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2018 - 2021, guided by the strategic plan Focus Monash 2015 - 2020, saw the University aspire for a community that is diverse, inclusive, innovative and sustainable, and is upheld in value and in practice by every Monash staff member and student. This Framework was accompanied by six action plans:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff and Students,
  • Staff and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,
  • Staff and students of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities,
  • Staff and students with disability, ongoing medical or mental health condition,
  • Gender equality and gender equity, and
  • Students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

As a University, we've taken great strides and made many key achievements across the six action plans, between 2018-2021.

Read the summary report

With the new Impact 2030 strategic plan in place, we are critically reviewing our approach to equity, diversity and inclusion as we develop the next iteration of our Framework and accompanying plan for action. We look forward to sharing our new multi-year Framework and action plan for a diverse and inclusive Monash, in late 2022.


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