Goal 10: Reduced Inequality

Reduce inequality within and among countries

The University of Wollongong is committed to working towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its governance, teaching and learning, community engagement, partnerships and research. The following initiatives are by UOW staff and students working towards SDG 10: Reduced Inequality.

Teaching & learning


Of international students from developing countries 


Students studying subjects about this goal 


Advocacy & outreach


Media articles about this goal 

216 million

These articles appeared in media outlets with a combined potential audience reach of 216 million




Publications with international collaboration



of the international collaboration publications are with developing countries



citations per publication (global average 1.8)


Publications in the top 10% of journals (3% in the top 1%)






2022 figures used unless otherwise specified.


A message form our Vice-Chancellor about equality, diversity and inclusion at UOW

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”.

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Pride Network

UOW supports and welcomes sexual and gender diversity and strives to provide an inclusive workplace. We are proud of our vibrant Pride 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Diversity and inclusion of first generation skilled migrants

The cognitive biases and judgements of resource acquisition managers can keep migrants from the global south out of the organisational talent pool and inhibit career progression. Researchers from UOW are working to understand what influences employers in their recruitment and selection of immigrant professionals. The study highlights the decision‐makers’ relatively poor understanding of non‐western cultures and how it negatively influences their perception of candidates from non‐western backgrounds. The study also notes how organisational cultural values and decision‐makers’ exposure to diverse cultures can influence their assumptions about the value of international qualifications and work experiences. 


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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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Participation by Equity Groups at the University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong is firm in its commitment to support students from under- represented (equity) groups and low socio-economic status (low SES) backgrounds. The university offers a range of scholarship and mentoring programs to support student success from these groups.

Commencing Indigenous students

Year Non-Indigenous Indigenous
2020 96.88% 3.12%
2021 96.49% 3.51%
2022 96.50% 3.50%

Commencing students with disability

Year Non-disability Disability 
2020 89.60% 10.40%
2021 90.15% 9.85%
2022 89.32% 10.68%

Commencing students from low-SES

Year Non-Low SES Low SES
2020 84.99% 15.01%
2021 85.60% 14.40%
2022 84.58% 15.42%

Commencing remote or regional students

Year Non remote or regional Remote or regional
2020 71.41% 28.59%
2021 71.22% 28.78%
2022 71.43% 28.57%

*Equity data presented is for domestic undergraduates

  • Commencing students from under-represented groups and low socio-economic backgrounds at UOW are stable, with slight increases in indigenous students, students with a disability and students from low SES over the past three years.
  • UOW tracks participation from these groups to ensure students have the opportunity to access support and programs to assist with student success.