Goal 10: Reduced Inequality

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Accessibility Action Plan

UOW is committed to establishing and promoting an equitable, accessible and inclusive environment across all that we do. The Accessibility Action Plan provides a coordinated and accountable approach to achieving our vision of an inclusive university for all students, staff and visitors. At UOW, we are working to adopt the principles of Universal Design in our teaching, learning, research and operational activities so that universal access by all individuals of all backgrounds and abilities is the minimum standard. Universal Design, is the “design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design”.

Ally Network

UOW supports and welcomes sexual and gender diversity and strives to provide an inclusive workplace. We are proud of our vibrant Ally Network, which consists of a dynamic group of over 285 staff and students, offering events and regular sessions throughout the year aimed at building awareness of LGBTQI+ issues and provides a place for the community to come together and share their stories. In 2019, the University received our first Australian Workplace Equality Index Bronze Award. UOW’s first Gender Identity and Affirmation Guidelines provide a framework on how to best support those who are transgender and gender diverse, and those going through gender affirmation.

Navability App

UOW is the first university campus in Australia to have dedicated directional mapping for wheelchair users, making moving around easier and safer for people with a disability. Briometrix, a start-up that specialises in technology for wheelchair users, has launched a project using UOW’s Wollongong campus as a pilot study.

Navability App

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience

Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) was established at UOW in 2008 to help redress the imbalance in high school completion rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, by improving Year 10 and Year 12 completion rates and university admission rates for all participating students. Each year, the AIME program pairs student mentors with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students.

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC)

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC) is committed to increasing the participation and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at UOW. The centre provides programs, services and facilities that encourage and support Indigenous Australians from entry to University, through to successful completion. With a focus on fostering a community environment, students have the freedom to embrace their Indigenous culture and the opportunity to achieve academic excellence. WIC guides students through university life and supports professional development with rewarding and empowering opportunities. 

Indigenous Admission Program (IAP)

The Indigenous Admission Program (IAP) is an assessment process that offers an alternative pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 17, to seek entry into UOW’s undergraduate programs. The program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who haven’t completed secondary school, are not receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), don’t have the required ATAR for their preferred course, and mature aged students.

Jindaola

Jindaola, an educational development grants program facilitated by a local Traditional Knowledge Holder and established in consultation with local Aboriginal community, engages participants in an Aboriginal way towards Curriculum Reconciliation.

Jindaola website

Indigenous Employment Strategy

UOW is committed to providing a workplace where Indigenous people’s culture, beliefs and knowledge are embraced and embedded, with opportunities for career development and promotion. UOW’s Indigenous Employment Strategy has initiatives in place to increase Indigenous employment and is committed to providing pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to optimise career aspirations.

Equity fellowships

Equity Fellowships assist staff facing difficulties in completing their PhD program because of equity issues. They are targeted toward academic women and Indigenous Australians, however, a number of fellowships will also be available each year for other equity groups. The establishment of these fellowships is one of the strategies to address the current under representation of these two equity groups, particularly at senior levels.

Ngarruwan Ngadju

Ngarruwan Ngadju is an Indigenous-led health and wellbeing research centre located within the Australian Health Services Research Institute at UOW. Their work centres the needs and priorities of First Peoples by undertaking research that is high impact, innovative, strengths-based and beneficial to Community. Ngarruwan Ngadju from both the Dharrawal and Dhurga languages means ‘the sea across long distances’ (Ngarruwan) and ‘freshwater’ (Ngadju). The words bring together the importance of water for sustaining life. They signify the cultural connectedness between Indigenous communities along the coastal regions of Australia, freshwater communities of inland Australia and across the Pacific. The research centre’s vision is to provide Indigenous-led health and wellbeing research, sustained by strong and enduring community partnerships.

Great South Coast Economic Migration Project

The Great South Coast Economic Migration Project is a secondary settlement project that supports the voluntary relocation of migrants from the Great Lakes region of Africa who currently live in Australian cities, to the Southern Grampians and Glenelg Shires in regional Victoria. It is framed by an understanding that some migrants have a desire to live in rural areas, but benefit from various support mechanisms when making that transition. This research project is documenting key learnings from the perspective of the implementing organisations, relocated families and destination communities. Together with the project partners, the aim is to develop an evidence-base to inform academic scholarship and government policy pertaining to rural and regional settlement.

Traditional bark canoe and boating safety

UOW has joined with Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, various Indigenous high school students, NSW Department of Education, and NSW Maritime to build a traditional bark canoe to raise awareness about boating safety issues.

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