RMIT is identifying and addressing the remaining barriers to women’s inclusion and progression.
Our future success is dependent on attracting and retaining the best people and – when we empower all students and staff to thrive – our whole community feels the benefit.
RMIT recognises and values the diversity of our community and we are committed to ensuring our people are not limited by gender stereotypes, gender roles or prejudices.
Gender inequality may be compounded by other forms of disadvantage or discrimination that a person may experience on the basis of Aboriginality, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and other attributes (Section 6(8) of the Victorian Gender Equality Act 2020).
When we address barriers based on gendered expectations that create and reproduce advantages for some, and disadvantages for others, our learning and workplace experience is better for everyone.
Our plan has been developed to provide a framework for identifying and addressing the remaining barriers to inclusion and progression for women in employment at the University.
In adopting and implementing this Gender Equality Action Plan, RMIT demonstrates how it values the richness of diversity among its staff and recognises its responsibility to take University-wide transformative actions to enhance inclusion for all.
The Student Gender Equity Action Plan 2023-2026 (SGEAP) aims to address key issues facing students who are female-identifying and/or female-expressing. These issues relate to addressing gender-based violence, limited gender roles including leadership roles and gender segregation in fields of study such as women in STEMM. It also aims to address the gender pay discrimination which reveals that women receive lower rewards from investing in their tertiary education than men, especially those completing postgraduate study.
The SGEAP aligns with aspirations of the RMIT's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Framework as well as RMIT’s long-standing commitment to addressing gender-based violence.
The Victorian Gender Equality Act 2020 is the first of its kind in Australia. The Act sets requirements for the Victorian public sector, local councils and universities, to take positive action towards workplace gender equality.
IImplementing the Act aligns with RMIT’s strategic goals, values and continued commitment to identifying and addressing the remaining barriers to gender diversity and women’s inclusion and progression.
Our 2022-2025 Gender Equality Action Plan outlines a range of objectives and targeted strategies that we will implement across the next four years, in response to the Act.
With this action plan, we demonstrate the continued commitment and importance RMIT places on equity and inclusion.
The main elements of the Gender Equality Act 2020 are:
We want to remove barriers and create equitable experiences for all, ensuring that our students are not limited by gender stereotypes, expectations or prejudices.
RMIT strategies and policies to advance gender equity are continuing to achieve the desired outcomes as female students close the gap in access, and outcomes. RMIT tracks commencement, participation, attrition and successful completion by gender (and a range of other priority equity groups) and the most recent indicates that there are not large discrepancies at an institutional level between male and female students. However, the headcount of male and female students at a college level indicates more work is still required to address gender segregation.
RMIT tracks women's likelihood of graduating compared to men's and has in place schemes to close the gap. RMIT reports on these matters to its Academic Board, its key governance body overseeing student matters. In the most recent report:
In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, RMIT lodged its annual public report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in May 2023.
As a staff member, you may make comments on the report by contacting the Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion team at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Agency. Please refer to the Agency’s guidelines on this process on their website.
RMIT‘s efforts to improve gender equity have been acknowledged with an Athena SWAN Bronze award, part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. This program promotes women’s career development in STEMM and provides support to encourage staff success.
RMIT has joined the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN Pilot to improve gender equity and diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.
The College of Science Engineering and Health - Celebrating RMIT's women in STEMM.
RMIT has a responsibility to ensure their people have the opportunity to take care of their life just as they take care of work.
To support this, RMIT will increase the promotion of flexible work practices that supports all people with parental, caring and other responsibilities to manage their work life balance.
RMIT’s Women Researchers Network (WRN)
The Women Researchers’ Network (WRN) was established in 2013 to enable RMIT female academic staff and research fellows at all career stages to connect with each other, share opportunities, access resources and participate fully in positive, active professional development.
Designed by the Victorian Gender Equality Commission, the voluntary Equity, Safety and Inclusion Survey is a requirement under the Victorian Gender Equality Act of 2020 and responses will continue to inform the development and implementation of RMIT University’s Gender Equality Action Plan 2025.
Our progress will be reported and compared with data collected in 2021. It is expected that the first progress report will be made available to the Victorian Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector in February 2024.
The survey will be available between Tuesday 24 October – Tuesday 11.55pm 7 November 2023.
Staff will be provided with a link to the survey through internal channels.
To ensure anonymity, please do not include any personal or identifiable information in the free text responses.
For further information, refer to the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector website to read about obligations under the Gender Equality Act 2020.
For more detailed information about this survey and how your data will be used please visit Privacy & Consent for Xref Engage's Surveys.
RMIT will receive results at an aggregate level where there are more than 10 responses within any demographic group.
At RMIT, we are committed to providing a respectful and safe place to study and work through our policies, provisions and developmental programs for staff and students. Safer Community is RMIT's dedicated service for students and staff to report unwanted or threatening behaviour.
This includes sexual harassment, assault, and family violence, as well as other concerning or inappropriate behaviours.
If you are feeling unsafe or unsure what to do about threatening or unwanted behaviour, you can talk to us about your concerns and options – even if the behaviour happened off campus.
RMIT is proud to be an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. As an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, RMIT has made the latest application for this citation available publicly.
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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.
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.