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The biennial EPHEA conference is as a key professional development forum for equity practitioners in a wide range of fields to highlight best practice in student and staff equity.


Equity practitioners across the higher education sectors in Australia, New Zealand/Pacific and internationally are invited to participate.  Researchers specialising in higher education equity issues are also welcome.

Annual General Meeting

EPHEA's AGM takes place at the EPHEA conference, or digitally in a non-conference year. 

Professional Development

EPHEA hosts a series of Professional Development events for members. These are advertised via members-only channels.


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Response to Job-ready Graduates Package draft legislation

August 2020

The Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) provided feedback to the Minister for Education, Skills and Employment - the Honorable Dan Tehan MP on the Job-ready Graduates Package draft legislation.

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Response to proposed
Higher Education Reforms

July 2020

EPHEA contacted the Minister for Education, Skills and Employment to provide feedback on the proposed Higher Education reforms.


Of note are the proposed changes to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) and the establishment of the Indigenous, Regional and Low-SES Attainment Fund (IRLAF).

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2018-19 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

February 2019

EPHEA congratulates winners of the 2018-19 Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holders. 

Gender equality can't be solved through citations or strategies on paper it has to be embraced by all staff and lead by visionary leaders who understand the barriers and want to lead change.

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Supporting regional, rural and remote students in 
higher education

February 2019

EPHEA provided recommendations, and met with, the Regional Education Expert Advisory Group in relation the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy aimed to drive increased participation in post-secondary education. 

In response to the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy Framing Paper released in late December EPHEA has made several recommendations to better support for students from regional, rural and remote (RRR) locations.

10 steps to a more equitable higher education system

November 2018

EPHEA provided  information to both the Minister for Education and Training, and the Opposition Minister for Education and Training (read our letter here) in response to Labor’s announcements committing to boost equity and participation in Australian Universities.

EPHEA believes that a bipartisan approach to equity in higher education is a productive and necessary way forward to improve policy settings conducive to participation by equity groups in this sector.

HECS-HELP caps unfair to low-income students​

July 2018

EPHEA outlines key concerns about the impact of the proposed Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018 on students from disadvantaged backgrounds.