Diversity and inclusion

The University of Melbourne is a global university committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.


The Advancing Melbourne Strategy (5.1Mb pdf) articulates the institutional priority of strengthening diversity and inclusion in the University community, including within its leadership.

The Faculty of Arts is home to a dynamic, diverse and inclusive community of staff and students. The Faculty of Arts Strategy Map commits to diversity and inclusion as one of our core values. We work to create and sustain a positive, inclusive and welcoming culture in which diversity is celebrated and all students and staff are respected and valued. We are committed to achieving our full potential by working together to support diverse groups and have a number of networks and programs to support our equity, diversity and inclusion priorities and objectives.

We affirm Indigenous peoples as the First Nations of this continent. We seek to transform ourselves through recognising and engaging the ways of knowing held by Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander peoples, on whose land we work. We strive to promote the inclusion and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students through our Indigenous Strategy and the Divisional Indigenous Development Plan.

Our community of staff and students come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, cultural traditions, and religions. We recognise that cultural diversity is a great strength and commit to developing policies, practices and behaviour that support inclusion and equality and do not perpetuate systemic racism, discrimination or exclusion.

We welcome staff and students of different abilities, including a range of disabilities. We work to promote leadership, awareness, and participation to ensure that our work and student environments are inclusive, accessible and safe for all. The Faculty hosts the Professorial Fellow for Disability and Inclusion who drives our research and a range of initiatives.

We celebrate staff and students of diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities and strive to create an environment in which LGBTIQ+ staff and students can bring their whole selves to work and study. We support these groups through the Faculty of Arts Queer Network and through our membership of the Pride in Action Ally Network.

We are committed to enabling all our staff to enjoy the same career success, rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender. We are leaders in gender equity and seek to always be a faculty that attracts, recruits, retains and promotes outstanding women. We recognise the disproportionate burden of caring work and family responsibilities that women carry and seek to provide support for these efforts where we can.