Supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce

The University of South Australia aspires to be an inclusive organisation where diverse high performing talent flourishes and we are all empowered to do our best work.

We celebrate uniqueness and foster inclusion as the driver of innovation and change.

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework supports the translation of the University’s commitment to action, through participation, excellence, safety, and respect.

The Framework is guided by the following principles:

  • a human rights and social justice approach to inclusion
  • equal access to opportunities
  • the elimination of barriers to participation; and
  • creating environments where individuals have an active voice to drive change in our UniSA community



Our areas of focus and resources

UniSA was the first South Australian University to adopt a formal Statement of Reconciliation (1997). As we look ahead, we are reaffirming our intent to be a University of Choice for Aboriginal Peoples in South Australia and beyond.

At UniSA we recognise our role and responsibility in creating a culturally safe, respectful, and empowering environment for Aboriginal Peoples. We work to recognise and respect diversity of Aboriginal Peoples and special connections to Country and Place.

Resources supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Respect:

Yurirka: Proppa Engagement with Aboriginal Peoples – a guide to support respectful engagement with Aboriginal Peoples

Aboriginal Employment – you can find our Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Employment Acton Plan here

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness learning offerings


At UniSA we value the contribution that people with disability bring to our workforce and we aspire to create an inclusive and equitable environment that supports full access and participation in all aspects of the university community. We actively work to identify and remove attitudinal, social and physical barriers that people with disability face, acknowledging that people with disability are best placed to understand their own individual needs.

We take a social model approach to disability inclusion and we are committed to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and to meeting our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

If you have further questions or would like to discuss your specific circumstance, please contact the Strategic People Partnering Team.

Resources supporting disability inclusion at UniSA:

Staff with Disability Policy
Workplace Adjustments Procedure
Workplace Adjustment Request

More information about inclusive teaching practices, technology and other useful resources can be found at the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) website.

Support for students


The UniSA community is a culturally and linguistically diverse environment with staff from over 70 countries. Each individual has their own unique cultural identity. We are committed to supporting a vibrant place to work and study where every employee’s cultural identity is recognised, valued and respected.

UniSA is a signatory to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me Campaign. The Campaign website contains information and resources on racism and how we can work together to combat it.


UniSA is committed to supporting gender equity through policy settings, employment conditions, and targeted initiatives that promote inclusion and address inequity.

We embrace our responsibilities in relation to equal opportunity and anti-discrimination for the University community. UniSA has a number of policies, procedures and guides that focus on gender equity and these can be found on our policies, procedures and guidelines page.

Resources and initiatives supporting gender equity:

Research Momentum Grants – For more information contact the Research Office.


Respect Now Always



UniSA seeks to maintain a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected.

This commitment is underpinned by the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, which makes it unlawful to treat people less favourably than another person in a similar situation because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. We actively support a workplace environment that is safe, supportive, and inclusive of the LGBTIQA+ community and strive to ensure that everyone is comfortable and empowered to be their full self at work.

Resources and initiatives supporting LGBTIQA+ community inclusion:

Gender Affirmation Leave - Full-time or fixed-term staff members undergoing or progressing through gender affirmation can access up to twenty (20) days special leave with pay per year.

UniSA Ally Network