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The Equity and Diversity training and education programs focus on informing staff and students of their equal opportunity rights and responsibilities and the promotion of inclusive practices. See Equal Opportunity Online Training and 2019 Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces: Professional Development Series for more information on some of our current training opportunities.

Equity and Diversity staff are also available to develop workshops tailored to meet the specific needs of a work area or attend staff meetings to provide information or presentations. If you require this type of training, please contact Equity and Diversity.

For more information on our programs, please go to the Staff Talent and Leadership website (Opens in a new window).

Equal Opportunity Online Training

In September 2018 we were pleased to launch the University’s new Equal Opportunity online staff development module.

The new module includes the latest advice on legal and policy obligations of all staff in relation to discrimination, harassment, and bullying across the University. Developed by the Talent and Leadership Development Team and the Office of Equity and Diversity, exclusively for Western staff, the new module also includes a segment tailored to those with supervisory and management roles, covering their additional responsibilities.

It is compulsory that every staff member completes the module on a biennial basis, and is now a mandatory part of Western’s New Staff Orientation program. This new version provides the University with the ability to track staff completion rates per School and Division, which will regularly be reported to the Executive Committee.

The University’s values of equity and inclusion are shared by many in the Western community, and we are committed to an institution free of discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Please complete the module via MyCareer Online, which is accessed via Staff Online, as soon as possible to help us deliver on this important objective.

If you do not have access to MyCareer Online, e.g. you are a researcher, contractor or entity staff member you can complete the training via this link to vUWS. Please note that you must use Google Chrome as your browser (not Internet Explorer) when accessing the vUWS link to ensure the module displays correctly.  vUWS Smart link to be used:

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact Michelle Falconer at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

2019 Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces: Professional Development Series

Diversity and inclusion are a part of the very character of Western. We are one of the most diverse local regions and universities in Australia. As an anchor institution in Greater Western Sydney and a place of transformative higher education, it’s critical that we understand and reflect the diversity that makes up our community. Doing so helps us build a vibrant and inclusive intellectual community, as envisaged by the Securing Success 2018 - 2020 Strategic Plan.

The University encourages all staff to learn more about creating an inclusive institution, where differences are valued and not an obstacle, success and equal opportunity are available regardless of background, and freedom from discrimination and harassment is actively built.

The Office of Equity & Diversity is presenting a series of professional development events focusing on creating equality, diversity and inclusion in Western workplaces. These opportunities are important for all staff, supervisors, and managers to:

  • gain a current understanding of Western’s strategic objectives in this area;
  • hear about how you can contribute to strategic efforts within your local workplace and harness the benefits of diversity and inclusion;
  • find out more about contemporary best practice; and
  • get to know your legal obligations and ways to prevent discrimination and harassment in your team.

See the 2019 program below, download the Series flyer or email Melinda Blackmore for registration details.

2019 Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces Professional Development Series:

SessionDescriptionDate & TimeCampus
Events for All Staff:
Background Briefing on Sexuality and Gender DiversityAn informative and practical update about sexuality and gender diversity relevant to WSU workplaces and learning settings. Terminology and issues, support.6 August, 1.30-3.30pmParramatta South
Disability and Accessibility Strategies for managers and non managers to support staff with disability effectively; be informed about support; adjustments; negotiation and plans.15 August, 1pm-4.30pm

29 October 2019, 1pm-4:30pm
Parramatta South

Bullying: Recognising and Addressing Bullying in the Workplace Recognising and effectively addressing bullying in the workplace.29 August, 1.30pm-4.30pm

30 August, 10.00am-1.00pm

8 November, 10.00am-1.00pm
Parramatta South


Anti-Racism: Addressing Issues and Reporting Face to face, interactive workshops with experienced facilitators to assist staff in the development of anti-racism strategies.

18 September, 9.30am- 12.30pm


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