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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at CEPAR

Principles, policies and practice

CEPAR is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Equity refers to the fair and respectful treatment of all people.

Valuing diversity means that we recognise and respect the unique qualities and needs of individuals.

Inclusion means that all individuals feel respected, accepted and valued.

The principles outlined by the EDI policy encourage greater equity and inclusion for diverse individuals including:

  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations peoples;
  • Culturally, linguistically, or racially diverse individuals;
  • People who are diverse in terms of gender, sex, or sexuality (LGBTIQ+);
  • People of diverse abilities; and
  • People of diverse ages. 

For more information on the pillars of diversity identified above, please visit the Australian Human Rights Commission.

EDI Policy


(Version September 2020)

The principles outlined in this policy apply to all research staff, professional staff and CEPAR-affiliated students based at the Centre's university nodes. 

CEPAR’s commitment to principles of ED&I is supported by workplace and diversity policies and codes of conduct in place at each of the collaborating universities. 

As CEPAR is a collaboration involving a number of universities, please be aware that the policies of the CEPAR member’s home university will override CEPAR policy where there is a difference. Links to relevant University policies are included in the document.

EDI network

EDI initiatives at CEPAR are led by the Co-Directors of ED&I, CEPAR Chief Investigators Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey and Professor Marian Baird AO. The Directors are supported by a Centre-wide network focused on supporting and enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion at CEPAR.

EDI Champions are members of the CEPAR network convened by the Director who volunteer to promote ED&I at their CEPAR node. EDI Champions make suggestions for improvement to the CEPAR EDI policy and programs, model inclusive behaviour and language, and provide support to CEPAR-affiliated personnel and students regarding EDI matters.

CEPAR’s EDI Champions are:

Dr Brooke Brady, NeuRA, UNSW Sydney

Lisa Gulesserian, The University of Sydney

Professor Warwick McKibbin AO, ANU

Associate Professor Kate O'Loughlin, The University of Sydney

Dr Gretchen (Gigi) Petery, CEPAR Associate Investigator

Associate Professor Fiona Stanaway, The University of Sydney

Michelle Vhudzijena, UNSW Sydney

Silke Weiss, UNSW Sydney

Dr Tom Wilson, The University of Melbourne

EDI survey

In 2019 CEPAR conducted a survey of CEPAR personnel designed to better understand the experiences of our members. A second EDI survey was conducted in 2020.

DOWNLOAD: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at CEPAR Survey 2019
Authors: Prof. Marian Baird, Dr Andreea Constantin

EDI Resources

Australian Research Council: Workplace Diversity

Codes of Conduct at CEPAR's universities:

EDI Policies at CEPAR's universities:

  • UNSW has a dedicated Workplace Diversity Unit within Human Resources. Details about policies supporting equity and diversity are available here

  • ANU has an Equity and Diversity Team located within its Human Resources Department. Information and resources are available here.

  • Curtin University’s Equity Plans and Strategies are available here.

  • The University of Melbourne describes its culturally inclusive environment here

  • The University of Sydney describes the range of activities focused on supporting equity and diversity here.