What is equity?

Equity is everybody's business. Everybody stands to benefit from increased diversity and breadth of opportunity.

In its simplest terms, equity means fairness and equality in everything we do. We aim to ensure that the population inside QUT mirrors the diversity of the community outside the university, and that all staff and students prosper, regardless their background.

Cultural diversity

We have a strong commitment to:

  • develop a culturally diverse staff and student population
  • eliminate racism on campus.

We recognise the importance of valuing diversity to create a vibrant, flexible and creative university culture, which:

  • encourages innovative approaches
  • enriches our work and study environment for everyone.

Disability

We have services in place to support staff and students with a disability, injury or health condition.

Disability services

Disability policies 

Our disability policies outline the ways we provide equal access to learning and research for people with a disability. We provide a range of support services and continue to improve our policies and practices to enhance equitable access for people with a disability.

Equity governance and policy

Our Equity Services Department has developed policy as part of the QUT Blueprint and local strategic and operational plans, to ensure all students and staff have fair and equitable opportunities to succeed in their study and employment.

Our social justice policies are outlined in the Manual of Policies and Procedures, and include:

Our policies are based on Commonwealth Legislation overseen by the Australian Human Rights Commission or Queensland legislation, overseen by the Anti-discrimination Commission Queensland.

Other related policies published throughout the university include:

  • codes of conduct for staff and students
  • HR-related policies and employment policies for staff 
  • Disability action plan 
  • Indigenous education strategy
  • Indigenous employment strategy 
  • Reconciliation action plan.

For more information about governance and policy contact Equity Services.

Indigenous students

Our Oodgeroo unit is committed to developing better access to university education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We have also launched project u, a resource to help prospective students with issues including:

  • study costs
  • managing stress
  • living away from home
  • finding appropriate information about universities
  • keeping their university options open.

Current students have shared their own personal experiences at university to give honest information to future students.

We also offer several scholarships to Indigenous students.

Low-income students

We welcome and support students from low-income backgrounds. We aim to reduce financial hardship as a barrier to achievement, allowing our students to realise they full potential and succeed.

Equity Scholarships Scheme

We have joined with The Smith Family to provide financial assistance to students in their Learning for Life program, including:

  • a career advice session
  • 3 bonus OP ranks (or equivalent)
  • a guaranteed scholarship and free computer.

Parents and carers

We have an ongoing commitment to address work and family issues. We help staff and students achieve a greater balance between their work, study and personal lives.

Our children on campus policy supports staff and students who may need to occasionally bring a children on campus. Each campus library has private study spaces for parents who need to study with their children. There are also parenting rooms and accessible toilets with baby change facilities on all campuses.

Parenting rooms, baby change facilities and accessible toilets

There are childcare centres at Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove and Caboolture (TAFE).

Childcare

Religion

We embrace cultural diversity in all its forms including the freedom to worship and observe individual spiritual and religious customs and rituals. Any kind of harassment or discrimination on religious grounds contravenes both state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

We have chaplaincy centres and services for people of all faiths for quiet prayer, worship services and prayer meetings. There are chapels and Muslim prayer rooms at our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses.

Chaplaincy services

Rural students

We encourage students from rural and isolated backgrounds to create opportunities for employment and education that may not exist in their home towns.

We understand that rural students may experience difficulties when moving to a large city for study, including:

  • financial costs of relocation
  • losing family support
  • getting used to a new environment.

Read our guide to studying and living in Brisbane for more information on how to make the moving to Brisbane easier.

Sexuality

We are committed to providing an environment which values each member of its diverse community, and protects staff and students from bullying, harassment and unlawful discrimination. This includes staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ).

Our Ally Network members are trained to understand sexuality and gender issues, and to provide 'safe zones', support and referral for staff and students who identify as LGBTIQ. Allies are not identified as any particular sexuality or gender identity but represent a commitment to promoting QUT as a safe, inclusive and diverse university.

Ally network

Women

We are an equal opportunity employer, promoting equal employment opportunities for all staff, and eliminating all discrimination, including that based on gender. We have received the Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Agency's Employer of Choice for Women award since 2002.

Contacts

Equity Services

Gardens Point

  • Phone: 3138 2699
  • Level 5, Y Block, Room 509
    Gardens Point

Kelvin Grove

  • Phone: 3138 5601
  • Level 3, C Block, Room 301
    Kelvin Grove

Caboolture

  • Phone: 3138 5601
  • Level 1, J Block
    Caboolture

  • By appointment.