Welcome from the Diversity Champion

"My longstanding interest and commitment to diversity issues derives from two very simple beliefs:

- that fairness requires equality of access and opportunity across any relevant community - in our case, students and staff; and

- that an organisation is enriched by and benefits from a memebership that is diverse rather than homogenous.

I hope you find the below information helpful, and please don't hesitate to contact me or Workplace Diversity if you have any feedback or ideas."

Andrew Lynch
UNSW Disability Champion
Professor and Head of School/Deputy Dean, UNSW Law

Andrew Lynch


Disability resources and initiatives

Disability Inclusion Action Plan: 2018 - 2020

UNSW's Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) has been being developed to provide all areas of the University with a clear path to improving access and inclusion for staff and students with disability.

The Division of EDI has established an email address which allows staff and students to alert the University to accessibility issues. The mailbox is monitored regularly and can be used by staff and students. Email: diap@unsw.edu.au

DIAP: Profiles

UNSW has a diverse staff, student and alumni community and the 2018 DIAP Profiles tell the stories of three of these individuals: Cam McPhedran, a Mediation Researcher and Practitioner; Gemma Carey, Associate Professor and Research Director, Centre for Social Impact UNSW, and Braille Specialist for Vision Australia, Ria Andriani.

Profiles will be updated periodically, telling the stories of different people from across the University community.

Reasonable Adjustments and the Disability Travel Assistance Fund

UNSW's Reasonable Adjustment Guidelines are designed to help staff navigate the reasonable adjustment process and assist managers to support current and prospective staff with disability.

The University also has the Disability Travel Assistance Fund, which academic staff with disability can access to request funding support for disability-related travel costs.

Disability Innovation Institute

Launched in 2017, UNSW's Disability Innovation Institute provides a platform to combine disability studies with STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) and HASS (humanities and social sciences) research to design accessible and inclusive working, living and learning environments, generate innovative technologies and create inclusive law, policy, services, markets and communities.

Australian Network on Disability

UNSW is a member of Australian Network on Disability, a national, membership-based organisation which supports organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.

Australian Network on Disability conduct the Access and Inclusion Index, an annual survey that provides organisations with an insight into their strengths and maturity in terms of access and inclusion for people with disability.