Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Our plans, strategies and memberships help us to achieve our diversity and inclusion goals by promoting best practice, setting our priorities and guiding our actions.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2023-2025

The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2023-2025 sets out our diversity and inclusion focused actions, principles, roles and responsibilities for the next three years.

It draws on themes identified from a wide range of data sources including Voice Survey results, working parties, staff forums and networks and incorporates feedback from consultation activities undertaken in 2022 and 2023.

Staff are at the centre of this plan, it is key to enabling our people and building and attracting a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. The plan is underpinned by the University Strategy 2030 and makes a positive contribution to the University achieving its Key Performance Indicators.

View the 2023-2025 plan

First Nations Employment Strategy 2024-2025

2024 – 2025 Strategy

The 2024 – 2025 strategy builds upon the successes and learnings from previous strategies and has been developed based on extensive consultation with First Nations staff and a broad range of stakeholders across the university, including senior leaders.

Throughout April and May 2023, the First Nations Employment Adviser and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team in the Division of People and Culture facilitated 17 face-to-face and online consultation workshops, supplemented with a comprehensive online survey. The key priority areas and actions included in this strategy emerged from that consultation process. Learn more

Accessibility Action Plan 2020-2023

The Charles Sturt Accessibility Action Plan 2020-2023 outlines a university-wide strategy to prevent and address disability discrimination for current and prospective students and staff.

The plan reflects the University’s ethos and values and its obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and Disability Standards for Education 2005.

It is a public facing document designed to clearly articulate the values, actions and responsibilities we have committed to ensuring accessibility and inclusion for students and staff throughout the life of the Plan.

The Action Plan was developed with input from students and staff with disability, and key stakeholders. It reflects a review of the Charles Sturt University Disability Action Plan 2016-2019 and available data about our students and staff with disabilities. An updated plan is currently in progress.

View the 2020-2023 Action Plan

Memberships and accreditations

Over diversity and inclusion focused memberships and accreditations help us to adopt best practice and develop new initiatives. They also provide opportunities for staff to access resources, attend training and network with industry experts.

  • Athena Swan

    Athena Swan Bronze logo

    Athena Swan, administered by SAGE (Science in Australia Gender Equity) is the only internationally recognised framework for gender equity, diversity and inclusion. It is an evidence based, data-driven approach which allows us to benchmark our work in Equity Diversity and Inclusion against international standards.

    Charles Sturt was one of the first Australian universities to receive the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award in December 2018.

    We are currently working towards Silver accreditation by identifying and addressing current barriers to attraction, retention and progression for staff through the Cygnet process.

    Using their Charles Sturt email address, staff and students can access resources including webinars, research articles, blog posts and other information through the SAGE website.

    Science in Australia Gender Equality

  • Australian Workplace Equality Index

    Australian Workplace Equality Index Bronze Badge

    Charles Sturt participates in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), a national benchmarking instrument for LGBTQ workplace inclusion. The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors.

    Charles Sturt was awarded Bronze AWEI status in 2021 and 2022.

    Australian Workplace Equality Index

  • Pride in Diversity

    Pride in Diversity words written in blue, black and grey font.

    Pride in Diversity is Australia's not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTQ workplace inclusion. Pride in Diversity specalise in human resources, organisational change and workplace diversity.

    Staff and students can access member resources including e-news, training, events and videos using the login details below:

    Username: CSU
    Password: CharlesSturtAllies2014

    **Username and password are case sensitive

    Pride in Diversity Member page