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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 (ED&I).

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 this ED&I 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.


(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.

ED&I network

ED&I initiatives at CEPAR are led by the Director of ED&I, CEPAR Chief Investigator Professor Marian Baird AO. The Director is supported by a Centre-wide network focused on supporting and enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion at CEPAR.

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

ED&I Allies are CEPAR research staff, professional staff and students who publicly support ED&I initiatives, provide input and may be involved in the delivery or implementation of ED&I policies, plans and programs. 

CEPAR’s ED&I Champions are:

Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey, NeuRA, UNSW Sydney

Dr Brooke Brady, NeuRA, UNSW Sydney

Lisa Gulesserian, The University of Sydney

Professor Warwick McKibbin AO, ANU

Dr Gigi Petery, Curtin University

Silke Weiss, UNSW Sydney

Dr Tom Wilson, The University of Melbourne

ED&I survey

In 2019 CEPAR conducted a survey of CEPAR personnel designed to better understand the experiences of our members. A second ED&I survey will be conducted in 2020.

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