Our equity statement
QAECO acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live and work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
QAECO is a diverse group of individuals from various countries and cultures working in the School of Biosciences at the University of Melbourne. We are of diverse age, gender and sexual orientation, as well as racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. We represent various socio-economic circumstances, as well as physical ability and mental health and have diverse parenting, care-taking and other responsibilities outside of work.
We greatly value the diversity of research topics pursued within the group, and the range of academic styles and skills each member brings to the team. We recognise and appreciate the fact that diverse teams are better equipped to solve environmental and scientific problems.
The values and opinions of all our colleagues are equally respected. We work together in a research-intensive environment, which can often be demanding. This requires that we learn and adopt best practices in being mindful of the challenges we face to make our group a cohesive and inclusive space for everyone to learn, work and flourish in.
The QAECO and CEBRA Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) aims to foster inclusive values in the workplace. We do this by regularly reviewing our biases and practices as a group, with the aim of ensuring that QAECO remains an equitable environment for all members. DIG meets every month to set out achievable actions for us as a research group, and endeavours to safeguard and improve our values and practices of inclusion. Members of our group also participate in regular training workshops offered by the university to help increase our awareness of the diversity at the university and to build capacity to reduce the potential barriers toward equitable participation in our activities. Workshop topics include unconscious bias, gender equity including LGBTIQA+ awareness and mental health challenges.
Our priorities include:
- Recruiting and retaining a diverse research community
- Understanding the lab’s needs with regard to diversity and inclusion
- Ensuring physical spaces and infrastructure are accessible and inclusive
- Identifying and tackling structural barriers towards equity
- Acknowledging mental health issues and providing a supportive work environment
- Advocating for these priorities within the broader School of Biosciences and university setting.
If you have an idea or suggestion about diversity and inclusion within QAECO, please let us know via our anonymous online suggestion box.
You’re also most welcome to come and join one or more of our monthly DIG meetings on the first Thursday of every month, at midday. Please get in touch with any DIG member to find out more.
We look forward to working together and making QAECO its best self!
To report incidents of discrimination, sexual harassment or bullying, here is what you can do:
- Talk about it with your colleagues, supervisor, or someone you trust in the group
- Let us know via our anonymous online suggestion box
- Students and lab visitors can access the Safer Community Program.
- Staff should first, if possible, discuss issues with their line manager and/or local HR representative. They can also access the Employee Assistance Program, make an online report to the Inappropriate Workplace Behaviour Line, or call 1800 685 463 during business hours.
If you’re a QAECO member, you can access DIG members’ email contacts here.