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The Vice-Chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognise students and staff (individuals or teams) who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion at Monash and beyond.

The awards embody the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, underpinned by our Diversity and Inclusion Framework and the ethos of the Focus Monash Strategic Plan 2015–2020.

In 2019, there is a total of $15,000 AUD available to be distributed among winners (allocations determined by the selection committee).

Nominations close at 5pm, Monday 5 August 2019.


The awards are open to staff and students of Monash University (Australia and Malaysia), including:

  • academic and professional staff (full-time, part-time, casual and sessional)
  • Monash University students (full-time or part-time)
  • group projects (teams, committees and work units)

A nominee's contribution to diversity and inclusion must go beyond the regular scope of their position at Monash, and must exceed the role of volunteer in a program or initiative.

Areas for recognition

Nominations should align with one or more of our diversity and inclusion priority areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities
  • people with disability, or ongoing medical or mental health conditions
  • gender equality
  • students from low socio-economic backgrounds


  • another facet of diversity and inclusion not listed above.

The focus of the nomination should be on one or more of the following themes:

  • Education

    Developing teaching practice, curricula or other initiatives that foster inclusion for a diverse range of students

  • Environment and culture

    Building and supporting inclusion and diversity at Monash, and positively influencing the learning and/or working environment

  • Community

    Engaging with the wider community to foster inclusion or support for disadvantaged or marginalised groups


Nominations can be submitted by Monash University students and staff members, but a person can't nominate:

  • themselves for an individual award
  • a group or team of which they are a member.

To make a nomination, please:

  1. download and complete the nomination form (docx, 0.14 mb)
  2. submit it online.

Nominations close at 5pm, Monday 5 August 2019.

Selection criteria

The Selection Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), will assess all nominations based on the following criteria:

Diversity and Inclusion goals

The extent to which the nominated initiative has promoted and supported diversity and inclusion at Monash. This may include supporting and enhancing access, recruitment, participation, retention, culture, engagement and success for students and/or staff.


The extent to which the nominated initiative has benefitted students, staff and/or the broader community.


The level of creativity, imagination, and innovation demonstrated in the nominated initiative.

Contact us

For enquiries please contact:

Staff Equity & Diversity, Monash HR

+61 3 9902 9915