Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

UNSW Canberra at ADFA is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, staff and visitors.  We celebrate our diversity, leverage our individual differences and value the cultural richness of our communities. We know our diversity is our greatest strength, from which we all benefit. We are all responsible for creating a safe, supportive, enjoyable, and productive culture in which all our staff, students and visitors can thrive.

From the Vice-Chancellor down, diversity and inclusion is considered essential to UNSW’s continued success. UNSW values diversity of thought and experience and believes that an inclusive and collaborative culture underpins research and teaching excellence. UNSW aspires for our workforce and student population to reflect the demographics of our society. We celebrate and promote diversity as a key strength of our organisation.

Accepted for who you are

UNSW understands that everyone is different, and we value the perspectives and life experiences that all of our employees bring to the workplace. Our desire is for all employees and students to reach their full potential and to feel they can be themselves regardless of their gender, disability, cultural background, sexual orientation or gender identity. Our aim is by having Diversity Champions, network and advisory groups and diversity training, we create an environment where people feel supported to have the learning experience or can build the career they truly want.

UNSW’s vision is to be recognised as an international exemplar in equity, diversity, and inclusion. At UNSW Canberra at ADFA, we are working hard towards achieving that goal.

Equity and Diversity Unit

The EDI Unit is located at the UNSW Canberra at ADFA campus in Building 13 (opposite the Creative Media Unit). Staff and students are welcome to seek confidential advice, support and to discuss options for resolution of concerns about Equity matters, including: 

  • Advice and referral on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Flexible Work and Wellbeing 
  • Advice and assistance with obtaining Workplace Adjustments or Additional Educational Support for staff and students with disability, mental health, and other medical conditions
  • Equity and Diversity initiatives, projects, events and activities for staff and students
  • UNSW Canberra’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Equity plan 
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training and resources

Contact Us 

If you have any questions, concerns, or queries our team is ready to help. For a confidential chat or to seek support please contact; 

Tom Arthur - Manager Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

E: Tom.Arthur@adfa.edu.au 


Key initiatives

We are striving to create an inclusive campus for all staff, students, and visitors at UNSW Canberra at ADFA through a variety of initiatives, facilities, and resources. Some examples include:

The ALLY@UNSW Network aims to ensure UNSW is a safe, welcoming place for all students and staff who identify as LGBTIQ+. If you would like to find out more about the Network, or you’d like to become an Ally, please contact the Manager, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Our Allies will be happy to hear from you. Look for the rainbow Ally@UNSW logo on their office door and in their email signature.

Ally @UNSW

Canberra contacts:

Staff and students with disability, a medical or mental health condition or illness or injury, or who are the primary carer of someone with such are encouraged to contact the Manager, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for confidential advice, support and referral.

We can also assist with the implementation of workplace adjustments, for staff, and liaison with Equitable Learning Services, and Faculty staff, for students. 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provides educational adjustments for students with a disability, or ongoing medical or mental health conditions, or who are the carer of a person with a disability.

UNSW Canberra at ADFA is an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly workplace. The Parents’ Room is located on the top floor of the Academy Library and is available for students and staff during opening hours.

The Parents’ Room offers a space for the use of all students and staff babies or children. The room is available for the use of breastfeeding, expressing of milk, bottle-feeding and short-term (1-hour) supervision of children.

The room has blinds for privacy and is equipped with a comfortable chair for breastfeeding, a fridge, toys, books and a desk to work or study on. Hand-washing facilities are available in the Library’s staff administration area on Level 1 during regular working hours. Please speak to a library staff member for access. Baby change facilities are available within the Level 2 accessible washroom facilities.

Students and staff must book the Parents’ Room before using it. To do this, simply make an appointment in your calendar for the time you require the space and type in ‘parents room’ in the location tab, then select ‘CAN EDI B13 Parents Room (Library)’. The appointment will save to your calendar. Please add your name as the title of the meeting too.

While the room is located in the Library, it is a service that is managed by the Equity & Diversity Unit. Contact the EDI Unit within working hours for advice and support, or to provide feedback on the Parents’ Room.

The Multifaith Prayer Room is available on the UNSW Canberra at ADFA campus in Room 101 on the lower floor of Building 21. It contains a designated prayer space and separate areas for men and women. The spaces have capacity for about 40 men and 20 women. Ablution facilities are located next to the room.


We aim to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBTIQ+ students, staff and visitors. At UNSW Canberra we support and celebrate our LGBTIQ+ community through a variety of initiatives, including:

  • The Ally@UNSW Network
  • LGBTIQ+ Champion
  • Events
  • Training for staff and students
  • Gender affirmation guidelines for staff and students  

UNSW Canberra supports a range of cultural diversity initiatives and policies, developed under the wider UNSW banner. events that celebrate UNSW’s culturally-diverse and inclusive culture: 

  • Events that celebrate UNSW’s culturally and linguistically diverse community
  • ‘Everyone Belongs’ videos, which shine a light on the lives and experiences of our culturally and/or linguistically diverse students and staff
  • Acknowledgement and term planning considering the multi-faith calendar 
  • Anti-racism Policy.
  • Harmony Week 2021

Arc and UNSW have partnered in an initiative called 'Be A Better Human' in order to help strengthen a respectful and inclusive culture.Together we want to encourage everyone to do more when it comes to understanding, preventing and responding to disrespectful behaviours.

Over the coming weeks and months we will talk openly and honestly about key issues such as racism, discrimination, misconduct, bullying and harassment, as someone who has been affected, that persons friend and even as a bystander.

Join in the conversation and let's figure out how we can be better humans.

Find out more

At UNSW Canberra, we are committed to inspiring more women to pursue STEM education and careers. The WiSTEM (Women in STEM) Mentoring Program is aimed towards supporting the academic career of Higher Degree by Research students at UNSW Canberra. 
The program is open to HDR female students, at any stage of their study, from the School of Science or the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT).

Updated information coming soon

UNSW Indigenous Strategy | Indigenous

On National Sorry Day (Wednesday 26 May) we remember the Stolen Generations whose lives were devastated by past government policies to remove Indigenous children from their families and communities.

This day acknowledges and signals deep regret at the impacts these past policies had, and continue to have, on Indigenous Australian communities today.

UNSW Sorry Book has been created online to share our sorrow for the pain and trauma caused to all those stolen Indigenous Australian children, their families and communities. We invite the UNSW community to join in sending a message of support.

Click here to visit or sign the book.

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