Current issues - Australia

EPHEA sponsorship for University of Newcastle ​Writing Program for Equity and WP practitioners


EPHEA is please to be able to provide sponsorship to five applications valued at $7,000 to the University of Newcastle's Writing Program for Equity and WP practitioners to support them to travel for the workshops offered throughout the year.


The EPHEA Executive has sponsored 5 applicants who applied for travel sponsorship where this was not available from their own institution. The Committee considered the relevant to practitioners of proposed research, contribution to the national conversation, and challenges such as additional regional costs.

The UoN writing program has is a great opportunity for practitioners to hone their writing skills and raise the profile of the work by underpinning it with robust research and evaluation to support the validity of the work they do in equity and widening participation. We look forward to seeing the outcomes at the end of the year.


Visit the UON Writing Program website to see all topics being explored.


National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education - 

Keep up-to-date with latest research and practice on student equity through the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.


Find out more at


Respect. Now. Always
A national university student survey on sexual assault and sexual harassment

The Australian Human Rights Commission undertook a project on sexual assault and sexual harassment of university students. The purpose of the project is to provide an accurate picture of the nature and extent of sexual assault and sexual harassment at universities, and how universities respond to these incidents.

You can read the report here


All universities have put in place strategies to support the outcomes of the report and you can find information on these strategies here


If you need help, or to talk with someone, specialist support is available by calling the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT

(1800 737 732).

Gender Equity Community of Practice

In 2015 we began putting names together of people who were interested in creating a Community of Practice around gender equality (with a staff focus). There were also people who were interested in working together around WGEA and Employer of Choice actions. People working on Athena SWAN pilot programs are also keen to talk to each other.


In 2016 and 2017 we think there is capacity to bring all these interests into one Community of Practice that focuses on gender equality – and hopefully which also has the capacity to consider support for other discussions such as Transgender people or those with ‘intersecting’ identities'


“Intersectionality is a framework for thinking about how various forms of inequalities are interconnected for minority women and other under-represented groups”  (Athena SWAN )


If you are interested in joining this group please contact us

EPHEA supports the Refugee Council of Australia


In 2015, the Refugee Council of Australia released a report detailing the significant financial barriers that people seeking asylum and refugees face in accessing further education.


EPHEA was a signatory to this letter to show our support for removing barriers for holders of permanent humanitarian visas, people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas to gain access to education programs such as HECS-HELP. We continue to monitor this issue.


We know that education can have a profound impact on the lives of individuals and also create further benefits for the wider community, both socially and economically. If you would like to support the campaign visit


EPHEA acknowledges the Traditional Owners throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community.

We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders past, present and future.

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