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Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Nominations Open Now!

The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Diversity and Inclusion recognise students and staff (individuals and teams) who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion at Monash and beyond.

In 2020, the Awards event will be hosted online, with a certificate and trophy presentation to be held in 2021.

The awards give further recognition through a permanent citation on the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards website.

Eligibility for the Awards

The Awards are open to staff and students of Monash University (Australia and Malaysia), including:

  • Academic and professional staff (full-time, part-time, ongoing and fixed term)
  • Monash University students (full-time or part-time)
  • Group projects (teams, committees and work units)

A nominee’s contribution to diversity and inclusion must go beyond the regular scope of their position at Monash, and must exceed the role of volunteer in a program or initiative.

Selection Criteria

These awards embody the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, underpinned by our Diversity and Inclusion Framework and the ethos of the Focus Monash Strategic Plan 2015–2020.

Nominations will be assessed and ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Diversity and Inclusion goals

The extent to which the nominated initiative has promoted and supported diversity and inclusion at Monash. This may include supporting and enhancing access, recruitment, participation, retention, culture, engagement and success for students and/or staff.

  • Impact

The extent to which the nominated initiative has benefitted students, staff and/or the broader community.

  • For more information, including how to nominate, see: .

Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia Survey

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Launch of the ‘Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia Survey’

In partnership with the Harmony Alliance, the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre is conducting the ‘Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia Survey’.

This is a national survey to increase understandings of the issues of importance to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, with a focus on safety and well-being. Findings from the survey will inform advocacy for migrant and refugee women from their own views and experiences.

The survey is offered in nine languages (Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Farsi, Nepali, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Punjabi and English) and is open for a six week period.

migrant and refugee women survey image

We need your support

If you identify as a migrant or refugee woman living in Australia and you are over the age of 18 years, we encourage you to complete the survey via the survey hyperlink and/or scanning the QR code in the image above.

  • The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain anonymous.
  • We are pleased to offer all who complete the survey, the chance of winning one of 10 Coles-Myer vouchers to the value of $100.

If you work with an organisation that represents or works with migrant and refugee women, we would appreciate your support to disseminate this survey amongst your networks and community members.

Please feel welcome to circulate the image above which contains the survey hyperlink and QR code.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Associate Professor Marie Segrave, Deputy Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre , or our Director, Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes

Get Work Ready Online

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Work Ready Virtual Experiences Are Now Online

This new resource from Monash Career Connect provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience with a range of leading organisations from across multiple sectors.

Students can choose from a variety of projects aligned to their field of study or try something new, acquiring experience and insight into the organisation’s processes, culture, and what to expect as a graduate employee.

What’s more, students have the option to gain access to future employment opportunities, as well as additional services such as mentoring programs, information sessions or fast-tracked recruitment processes.

What is WCAG?

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

What is WCAG and How to Achieve Web Accessibility Compliance

What is WCAG?

‘WCAG’ is a term you might have heard in conversations about web accessibility for people with disability.

It stands for the ‘Web Content Accessibility Guidelines’, which are global guidelines for the accessibility of websites and web pages.

WCAG was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international standards organization for the internet. The guidelines have undergone multiple updates since their beginning. The latest version governing public compliance is known as ‘WCAG 2.1’.

*Read more about WCAG and why it’s important in this online article from AI Media.

Applications Closing this Sunday

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Paid Internships for Students with Disability – Applications Closing this Sunday!


NDCO Student Survey

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Have Your Say About COVID-19

The National Disability Coordination Officer  (NDCO) Program is inviting tertiary students with disability to take part in a short 5-10 minute survey to better understand their experiences of study during COVID-19 and to explore the elements of access to, and inclusion within the online learning environment.

This will inform the development of tools and materials to support students and the tertiary sector to create an inclusive online learning environment.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and will remain anonymous.

Your feedback is important as it will help to develop tools to support students with disability in the online learning environment.

In completing the survey you will also go into a draw to win 1 of 5 $100 vouchers.

The survey will close on Friday 30 October.

To take part in the survey please visit:

Free Information Session

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Free Information Session: Stepping Into paid internships for students with disability

Want to know more about Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into Program?

Come along to a FREE information session this Friday! 

The session is suitable for both students with disability, and Careers and Disability Services Staff, or other providers who work with students with disability.

We are excited to announce that a past Stepping Into Intern will be joining the session, to speak about their experience of the program and top tips for students thinking of applying. The session will cover how the program works, key timelines, and there will be time for questions at the end!

Date: Friday 18th September

Time: 12:00 – 12:45pm AEST

The session will be held via Microsoft Teams. There is no need to RSVP to this session.

Access the session here. For audio only, dial +61 2 5104 6303 and use the Conference ID 994 683 207#. (Please note, the phone option will charge 4c/minute)

Contact if you require any adjustments for this session. Live captions can be arranged with 72 hours notice.

Details of the session are also listed on our website.


AWETISM 2020 Virtual Expo

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

 AWETISM 2020 Virtual Expo – Student Presenter Opportunity

Seeking Autistic Young People To Showcase Their Passions, Interests or Talents!

From: Chris Varney at the I CAN Network

A cornerstone of all of our work at I CAN is the importance of celebrating Autistic passions and interests. These are the things that bring us joy, comfort and allow the world to see what Autistics CAN do.

In the coming days we will be announcing the details of our AWETISM 2020 Virtual Expo (scheduled for Friday, 20 November), an online version via the event platform Vfairs of our annual flagship event that showcases the in-depth knowledge and talents of our young people.

The AWETISM 2020 Expo will be our biggest and best I CAN event to date!

We are putting out an early call for Autistic young people across Australia (ages 9-20) to express interest in delivering a (pre-recorded) brief online presentation about their particular passion, unique theory or talent.

In the past, we’ve had young people showcase everything from interpretative dance to singing to in-depth knowledge of sport, gaming, transport systems…and more!

PLEASE NOTE: Presentations will be pre-recorded via Zoom prior to the event guided by an I CAN team member. On the day you will still be able to view your talk live and be apart of the short Q&A following your talk.

Your presentation will also be available to view via Vfairs for one month following the event.

We are especially keen to have young people from our I CAN schools and online mentoring programs take part, but the invitation is open to Autistic young people nationwide.

Learn More and Express Your Interest

Interested young people should fill out this Expression of Interest form by Monday 28 September 2020. There are limited places available so be quick!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

One of the best parts of our work is watching Autistic young people gain confidence in sharing their passions and interests. We are so excited to bring this event to the public in November.

Please stay tuned for our official AWETISM Expo 2020 announcement in the coming days!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Chris, on behalf of the I CAN Team

GradWISE and EY Webinar

Friday, September 11th, 2020

FREE Graduate Recruitment Webinar

You are welcome to attend this webinar to learn about a high-level graduate recruitment program for students/graduates living with a disability.


  • In this one-hour webinar (plus an additional 15-min live Q&A), you will learn about the successful GradWISE program continuum, the support and advocacy available with regards to disclosure to employers
  • You will also hear from Ernst & Young (EY), a leading pro-disability confident employer discuss the importance of disclosure, how the information is used i.e. support during the application process and once employed. EY will also provide a sneak peek all-access pass into their application process and what makes an applicant successful.
  • You will also hear from a recent Monash University graduate linked to GradWISE employed as a graduate by the Victorian Public Sector Commission. She will be talking about her application journey, what made her competitive, her experience with disclosure and what has made her successful over the last 6 months.

Topics include:

  • Graduate application process, disclosure and available reasonable adjustments
  • Application and interview tips from EY
  • How to ensure you are competitive for graduate and entry-level opportunities.
  • GradWISE Continuum.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September

Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Bookings: Registration Page for Students

Stepping Into Internships Open NOW!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Stepping Into Internship Applications for Summer 2020/21 are Open in September! 

Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into is a paid internship program for students with disability in their final or penultimate year of study.

The program is open to students from all disciplines, and accepts applications from Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students with full working rights in Australia.

Serena’s story – My Experience Interning from Home

I loved seeing that these people, much like myself, were gaining confidence and workplace experiences in leading Australian organisations.”

“Seeing how open big, well-known organisations were to working with people like me, makes me feel more comfortable sharing my disability when applying for jobs in the future.”

Read about Serena’s Stepping Into experience working from home during Winter 2020.