Athena Swan is the world's only internationally recognised accreditation program driving organisational progress towards equity, diversity and inclusion. Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) is the only organisation in Australia that provides Athena Swan accreditation, using an evidence based and impact-focused framework to transform academic institutions into vibrant workplaces.

Athena Swan Bronze Awards

The Athena Swan Bronze Award is the first, foundational level of accreditation in SAGE's equity, diversity and inclusion framework. It recognises ACU's successful analysis of the barriers preventing equity, diversity and inclusion, and the creation of an action plan to address the issues.

Existing barriers

The five existing barriers at ACU have been identified as:

  • Support for career development and progression through professional development and performance appraisal.
  • Support for parents and carers (including childcare).
  • Embedding inclusiveness in the institution's culture.
  • Understanding and improving the experience of staff who experience bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination in the workplace.
  • Ensuring the availability of flexible work for all staff members and managing potential impact on career opportunities.

ACU has devised a seven-year action plan to address these barriers and create a better working environment for our staff.

Page last updated on 21/02/2024

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