The University of Newcastle, Australia

Equity, diversity and inclusion education modules

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion modules have been developed by SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) and partners. The modules support the values of the University of Newcastle and our commitment to a safe and respectful community.

The modules are a series of online courses that aim to make your interactions within our diverse communities more enjoyable, effective, safe, efficient, and ultimately more fulfilling, both professionally and personally. Additionally, completion of the modules provide you with knowledge and skills valued by employers in today's workplace.

You can choose to complete any or all of the below modules. No personal data is collected from any responses you give in the activities.

Core Inclusion

The Core Inclusion course is designed to improve your understanding of intersectionality and inclusion. It provides tools to apply your knowledge to promote diversity and to recognise unconscious bias and discrimination.

The course is split into five  modules and should take approximately two hours and 15 minutes to complete.

Culture Course

The program is designed to build your capability around cultural diversity. It explores topics including cross-cultural communication, addressing stereotypes, unconscious bias, diversity and the benefits of multiculturalism. Using real video stories from interviews, animated education graphics and interactive activities, the program will provide you with practical skills and cultural specific knowledge for use during your studies and everyday life.

The course is split into five modules and should take approximately two hours to complete

Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander course is designed to improve your knowledge and understanding of the oldest surviving culture on earth. It will give you the tools to begin applying your knowledge to your daily life — whether it’s at work, with friends, or at home.

For businesses and organisations, this course will foster a fairer, safer, and more respectful environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Ultimately, with a higher level of cultural competence, you are playing an active role in the reconciliation process while making Australia a fairer, more empathetic place for its First Nations people.

The course should take approximately 50 minutes to complete.

Please note: The course may cause distress to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. It may contain images or voices of deceased persons

Understanding LGBTIQ+ Communities

The LGBTIQ+ course is designed to improve your understanding of the LGBTIQ+ community. It also provides tools to apply your knowledge to promote a fairer, more LGBTIQ+ inclusive society.

The course is split into 3 modules and should take approximately one hour and 15 minutes to complete in total.

Please note: A variety of acronyms from LG to LGBTIQA+ are used to describe individuals with diverse or fluid sexual orientations or gender identities. In this course LGBTIQ+ is used in written copy, whilst LGBT is used in the video animations. When third-party research is quoted, we use the original source language. Check out the glossary in the modules if you want to learn more about the LGBTIQ+ alphabet.

Participants in the videos chose how they wanted to be labelled.

How to access the SBS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion modules

Students can access the courses through their UONline account. Follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Login to UONline
  2. Go to the 'Blackboard' tab
  3. Go to 'Previous Sites' tab (2nd tab along the top) and enter ‘Cultural Competence Program' into 'Search Other Sites'
  4. Below the Organisation ID, there is a grey drop-down arrow. Click on the arrow and select 'Enrol' followed by 'Submit'
  5. The course should now be available in your 'My Other Sites’.