Our mission

Our mission

 

EPHEA (Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia) is the professional incorporated association for equity practitioners who work in tertiary education throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.


Equity practitioners play an essential role in tertiary education to develop and implement student and/or staff affirmative action programs, manage organisational responsibilities under anti-discrimination legislation, promote cultural change within institutions, and foster an environment which values and respects diversity.

 

EPHEA is run by a committed volunteer Executive Committee made up of equity practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand. The committee structure is guided by the EPHEA Constitution.

History

 

EPHEA was originally formed as the Equal Opportunity Practitioners in Higher Education in Victoria in 1987 as the professional organisation for equal opportunity officers employed in higher education institutions in Victoria and in the Australian Catholic University which at that time has campuses in four states.  The organisation was expanded across Australia and New Zealand as the Australasian body of Equal Opportunity Practitioners in Higher Education in Australasia known as EOPHEA.

In 2012 EPHEA was renamed the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia and became an incorporated associated with membership across most Higher Education institutions in Australia and New Zealand with strong activity in both the staff and student equity spheres.

 

Our key goals

 

EPHEA has two central aims:

  • we are advocates and influencers for positive change

  • we aim to strengthen, support and build capacity amongst equity practitioners to empower their work.


EPHEA supports these goals by:

 

  • initiating and contributing to the discussion of equal opportunity and affirmative action issues in national and international forums

  • making policy recommendations to decision-making bodies including government, tertiary education providers and associated bodies to support inclusive education and employment

  • providing a collegial network for sharing professional knowledge, research and practice among equity practitioners

  • developing links with organisations that have similar professional aims.

Our values

EPHEA’s work is to be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:

 

  • Reconciliation and recognition – we recognise the unique and essential place of Australia’s First Peoples acknowledging the deep connections with, and custodianship of, the land and sea. We value the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to Australian culture and society and seek to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards our shared goals.

    As an organization working in Australasia we also recognise the tāngata whenua status of Māori (original inhabitants of New Zealand) and New Zealand’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi. We also acknowledge the special relationship indigenous peoples from the Pacific have to Australia and New Zealand.
     

  • social justice, equity, fairness and inclusion – we respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity and positive outcomes for the groups we work with.
     

  • a strengths-based approach – we want to empower people to achieve their employment and education goals from a place of strength »» an evidence-based approach – our work is based on best practice combining practitioner expertise and sound research 
     

  • collegiality and participation – we value and recognise the contribution of our Executive volunteers, the expertise of our members and we are committed to a culture of collaboration and knowledge-sharing
     

  • longevity – we have a common sense of purpose and identity; we have a long-standing reputation and endurance within the sector continually empowering members over time.

 

 

See the full strategic plan below.

Go to our membership page to find about joining EPHEA.

Our mission

Our mission

 

EPHEA (Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia) is the professional incorporated association for equity practitioners who work in tertiary education throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.


Equity practitioners play an essential role in tertiary education to develop and implement student and/or staff affirmative action programs, manage organisational responsibilities under anti-discrimination legislation, promote cultural change within institutions, and foster an environment which values and respects diversity.

 

EPHEA is run by a committed volunteer Executive Committee made up of equity practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand. The committee structure is guided by the EPHEA Constitution.

History

 

EPHEA was originally formed as the Equal Opportunity Practitioners in Higher Education in Victoria in 1987 as the professional organisation for equal opportunity officers employed in higher education institutions in Victoria and in the Australian Catholic University which at that time has campuses in four states.  The organisation was expanded across Australia and New Zealand as the Australasian body of Equal Opportunity Practitioners in Higher Education in Australasia known as EOPHEA.

In 2012 EPHEA was renamed the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia and became an incorporated associated with membership across most Higher Education institutions in Australia and New Zealand with strong activity in both the staff and student equity spheres.

 

Our key goals

 

EPHEA has two central aims:

  • we are advocates and influencers for positive change

  • we aim to strengthen, support and build capacity amongst equity practitioners to empower their work.


EPHEA supports these goals by:

 

  • initiating and contributing to the discussion of equal opportunity and affirmative action issues in national and international forums

  • making policy recommendations to decision-making bodies including government, tertiary education providers and associated bodies to support inclusive education and employment

  • providing a collegial network for sharing professional knowledge, research and practice among equity practitioners

  • developing links with organisations that have similar professional aims.

Our values

EPHEA’s work is to be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:

 

  • Reconciliation and recognition – we recognise the unique and essential place of Australia’s First Peoples acknowledging the deep connections with, and custodianship of, the land and sea. We value the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to Australian culture and society and seek to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards our shared goals.

    As an organization working in Australasia we also recognise the tāngata whenua status of Māori (original inhabitants of New Zealand) and New Zealand’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi. We also acknowledge the special relationship indigenous peoples from the Pacific have to Australia and New Zealand.
     

  • social justice, equity, fairness and inclusion – we respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity and positive outcomes for the groups we work with.
     

  • a strengths-based approach – we want to empower people to achieve their employment and education goals from a place of strength »» an evidence-based approach – our work is based on best practice combining practitioner expertise and sound research 
     

  • collegiality and participation – we value and recognise the contribution of our Executive volunteers, the expertise of our members and we are committed to a culture of collaboration and knowledge-sharing
     

  • longevity – we have a common sense of purpose and identity; we have a long-standing reputation and endurance within the sector continually empowering members over time.

 

 

See the full strategic plan below.

Go to our membership page to find about joining EPHEA.

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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