Diversity and inclusion

Building a culture of inclusion and diversity for staff and students is one of RMIT’s values.

We recognise the benefits for the recruitment, retention, innovation, collaboration and productivity of staff and students in an environment that celebrates and welcomes diversity.

The RMIT Diversity and Inclusion Framework is the high-level statement of RMIT’s aspirations. The Framework outlines the University’s commitments to increase access, build a more diverse student and staff community, and provide equitable, inclusive experiences and outcomes for all students and staff.
 

“Being an inclusive place to work and study is what makes RMIT special.”


-  Senior Vice-President Strategy & Operations Dionne Higgins


RMIT recognises the inherent value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions, heritage, knowledges and perspectives to the University. Learn more about our commitment to working with and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities, and read our Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF 2.2MB).

Gender equality

We value the diversity of our workforce. Everyone deserves to feel safe, respected, valued and treated as an equal in their place of study and work.

Inclusive Access to Education

Explore the initiatives and programs in place to ensure that anyone who has the desire, can join RMIT.

Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities

We are proud to empower the staff and students within our community who identify as LGBTIQA+.

Cultural inclusion

We promote cultural inclusion across the University, explore the ways we look to improve the experience of staff and students from diverse backgrounds.

Eliminating sexual harm and fostering respect

We believe everyone deserves to feel safe, respected, valued and treated as an equal in their place of study and work.

Accessibility

We are committed to improving practices to better support diversity, safety and wellness for our staff and students.

Networks, partnerships and memberships

Find out about the networks, partnerships and systems in place for our students and staff.

Diversity governance and reporting

Explore our methods of governing diversity and inclusion along with reporting and standards.

Policies, provisions and benefits

Read more about our specific policies, provisions and benefits in place for our staff and students.

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Diversity and inclusion programs

RMIT’s social inclusion programs for students aim to increase access to further education, build a more diverse student population, and provide an equitable and inclusive experience for all students.

Governance

Our progress towards our commitments in our Diversity and Inclusion Framework and various Action Plans is overseen by the RMIT Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, chaired by Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, and a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive (VCE).

Actions are driven by the Diversity and Inclusion team in the People group, Operations portfolio, led by Amy Love, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, and the Equity and Inclusion team in Students group, Education portfolio, under the leadership of Lara Rafferty, Associate Director Equity and Inclusion.

Work towards the goals of the RMIT Athena SWAN Action Plan is driven by Professor Kay Latham, Dean, STEMM Diversity and Inclusion.

Each of the priority group Action Plans has a working group comprising staff and students where appropriate to oversee implementation of the Plan. Progress against the Action Plans is reported to the VCE and Council via the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee in annual report:

In addition, issues of student and staff diversity and inclusion are included in the RMIT Statistics at a Glance, the RMIT Annual Report, and the RMIT Sustainability annual report

RMIT's Diversity and Inclusion action plans

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.