Partnerships, networks and memberships

We have a number of key projects that are underway to support the priority groups and objectives outlined in our Diversity and Inclusion Framework and Action Plans.

Our community partnerships and institutional memberships also provide opportunities for staff and students to participate in training, events and initiatives to make RMIT a better place to be. We have been recognised in the community for our progress towards a more inclusive campus culture.

Gender equality

  • RMIT is proud to be an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Find RMIT's 2020 Public Workplace Gender Equality Agency Compliance Report here

  • 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

  • We have partnered with Respect.Now.Always to end sexual harassment and assault on university campuses. Our Changing the Course plan outlines the actions we will take to make RMIT a safer place for everyone 

  • 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.  

Diverse genders, sexes and sexualities (DGSS) 

  • We are an institutional member of Pride in Diversity, the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion

  • In 2019 we received the top honour – Employer of the Year – in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, in recognition of our achievements in DGSS inclusion for students and staff. We also received the award for Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion, and were awarded Gold Employer status for the second year in a row. 

  • Our work to support our DGSS community was recognised in the 2017 GLOBE Awards, where we were awarded the prize for Protecting Our Community

  • Our Ally Network is comprised of staff of all genders, sexes, and sexualities. We currently have over 120 trained Allies 

  • We also have a DGSS Network for staff, which provides support and social opportunities for DGSS staff members

  • Our partnership with Minus18 provides opportunities for RMIT staff and students to participate in workshops and training around matters of gender and sexual diversity.  

Disability and accessibility

  • We are a disability confident employer, committed to providing fair and equitable recruitment processes for candidates with disability 

  • We are an institutional member of Australian Network on Disability, and from 2018-2020 we have been recognised as one of the top five organisations for accessibility in the Access and Inclusion Index

  • Our Equitable Learning Services (ELS) team provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability 

  • Our Accessibility at Work team ensure a streamlined and efficient process for staff making workplace adjustment requests

Parents and carers 

  • Our flexible and inclusive work, leave and parenting policies ensure that staff can arrange their working days in a manner that fits in with parenting and carer responsibilities

  • Our program of professional development opportunities ensures staff are confident and well-prepared for the transition to and from parental leave 

  • Our state-of-the-art City campus Children’s Centre provides long-day care for the children of staff and students

Widening student access and participation 

  • RMIT is proud to partner with over 220 secondary schools throughout Victoria via our Schools Network Access Program (SNAP). SNAP schools are located in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, and SNAP students receive priority access to on-campus tertiary preparation programs and to RMIT degree and diploma programs through the SNAP Access Scheme.

  • Each year we welcome over 2000 secondary students from our SNAP partner schools on campus to experience life as a university student. Our I Belong programs increase student aspirations for higher education, and their knowledge of available careers and study options 

  • Since 2013, over 10,000 students have enrolled at RMIT through the SNAP Access Scheme. SNAP-enrolled students continue to be academically successful, with comparable rates of achievement and retention to RMIT’s broader domestic population

Find out more about Diversity and inclusion programs

Cultural diversity and belonging

  • We are a proud member of Diversity Council of Australia and the Equal Employment Opportunity Network 

  • Our partnership with Common Purpose provides staff and students the opportunity to participate in global leadership programs, and build their cultural intelligence and leadership skills

  • Our multi-faith chaplains provide spiritual support to students and staff of all faiths and none, and we have prayer rooms on all campuses 

  • Our comprehensive program of access and support for students from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds was developed in collaboration with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and provides scholarships, fee waivers and priority access to academic and career services and opportunities

  • We are proud of our vibrant international student community. International students make up about 20 per cent of our on-shore student population 

  • We have a strong focus on global experiences, and encourage our domestic and international students to consider incorporating an overseas exchange program or study tour into their RMIT degree

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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.

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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.