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BRING YOUR WHOLE SELF TO ACAP: WE ARE DIFFERENT ALTOGETHER

We are committed to creating a College that supports and promotes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for all

At ACAP, we work to ensure all our people feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to College.

We welcome and celebrate diversity, uniqueness and a respect for difference, acknowledging that all our community benefits from a wide breadth of perspectives across College life.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment and ensuring all our community is treated equally so they can enjoy everything ACAP has to offer.

We apply this in every aspect of our operations, it’s in our DNA and we encourage our students and staff to feedback suggestions that help with its on-going evolution.

We are not perfect yet, we know we can do better and are working actively with staff & student bodies to continually change and develop more inclusive behaviours and processes.

Our commitment to you

Social justice and inclusion are at the core of what we do at ACAP. Our equity, diversity and inclusion commitments aim to ensure fairness in our day to day operations, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but so that all of us can benefit from a rich and diverse College community.

We commit to:

  • Provide an environment where students, staff and visitors are treated equally and feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to our college, regardless of their gender identity, race, social background, sexual orientation, ability, neurodiversity, access requirements or religious beliefs
  • Attract and retain students and staff from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences through accessible and fair recruitment processes
  • Foster positive and informed attitudes and behaviour among all our community
  • Foster an understanding among our community that diversity leads to an innovative, productive and intellectually stimulating learning environment
  • Provide an accessible environment for everyone, both in person and online
  • Seek feedback and regularly evaluate our equity, diversity and inclusion efforts

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group are here to provide leadership, support and encouragement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

We strive to provide a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, students and visitors.

These include:

  • Scholarships to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Equity and Access Scheme which supports applications from people in groups that are under-represented in higher education, including reserved places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and professional psychology program courses
  • Acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners/Custodians

People living with disabilities

We are committed to ensuring that any student, staff member or visitor living with a disability has equitable access to what ACAP has to offer.

If you have a disability, illness, injury, health or mental health condition that impacts on your academic studies/work at ACAP, or

if you care for someone in these circumstances, then you may be eligible to register for additional assistance. We will work with you to provide practical, individualised support that will assist you to succeed with your studies/work at ACAP.

We also support neurodiversity including people living with ASD, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.

Academic adjustments are available through our AccessAbility Service and may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assessment Extensions
  • Additional reading and/or writing time
  • Provision of a scribe or note taker
  • Specific software
  • Assistance with study skills
  • Notes or other material provided in different formats
  • Ergonomic furniture

LGBTQIA+

We strive to foster a supportive, safe, empowering, and inclusive environment for any LGBTQIA+ student, staff member or visitor.

To help us achieve this goal we have established a national ALLY Network, to provide support and raise awareness of our LGBTQIA+ family.

We were the first private education provider to join Australia’s only national program for LGBTQIA+ workplace inclusion, Pride in Diversity (PID).

This includes:

  • Access to ALLY Training for staff/students (to register for a session click here)
  • An LGBTQIA+ ALLY Network Facebook support group
  • Gender neutral toilets at most of our campus locations
  • Gender transition support
  • Participation in Australian Workplace Equity Index
  • Recognition of Days of Significance

Just be yourself

Each ACAP campus has an ALLY network that monitors and supports our equity, diversity and inclusion policy. Its purpose is to make our college a place where students, staff and visitors can feel safe to be their whole selves and realise their full potential.

ACAP is proud to be the first Independent Education Provider member of the Pride In Diversity network, the first and only national not-for-profit program supporting all aspects of LGBTQIA+ workplace inclusion.

To learn more about ACAP’s ALLY network, email acap.pride@acap.edu.au

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Inclusion in College materials

We represent our diverse community in all college materials, recognising the important role that representation plays in fostering inclusion.

Staff are committed to:

  • Use images that reflect the diversity of our population
  • Avoid images that always portray stereotypes
  • Use inclusive language in all communications
  • Use of accessibility friendly webpages, colours and images

Let us know where we can improve

This policy is a work in progress and has been bought to you by ACAP’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group (a mix of ACAP students and staff).

We aim to create a College culture, where every voice is heard and respected. Where you have freedom from discrimination and harassment, and feel supported, valued and included. If you have questions or any ideas and suggestions on how we can improve, please email us on acap.pride@acap.edu.au