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 Course

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 Culture Course 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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Course

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

LGBTIQ+ Course

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.

Disability Course

The Disability course is designed to improve your understanding of disability in all its guises, and to show how employment options for people with disability can be improved and embraced.

The course has been created in collaboration with the Australian Network on Disability (AND). We are indebted to the many people with lived experience who generously gave us their time, to the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion team at the University of Queensland for their invaluable insights and for access to their leading researchers, and to Northcott Disability Services.

The course should take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete in total, and it is split into 3 modules.

Gender Course

The Gender course is designed to improve your understanding of gender equality in the workplace. Drawing on the research and experience of organisations within Male Champions of Change and the University of Queensland, the course provides tools and information to encourage the conditions and cultures that will enable women to thrive in the workplace. While many of these courses focus on workplaces, the learning is extremely relevant and transferable to the university environment and broader communities.

The course should take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete in total, and it is split into 3 modules.

Content warning

Some of the videos in this course contain graphic material, and include discussion of domestic and family violence - viewer discretion is advised.

Getting help

If you are unsure whether you are experiencing domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 737 and if looking for support within the University  you can reach out to Campus Care - 4921 8600 campuscare@newcastle.edu.au, or Counselling - 4921 6622, counselling@newcastle.edu.au

How to access the SBS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion modules

Students can access the courses through their UONline account. Access each of the modules at the links below:

If you have any questions on the course or would like further information as you progress through the materials, please contact our Equity Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator: Ms Astrid Gearin on email: Astrid.Gearin@newcastle.edu.au

While many of these courses focus on workplaces, the learning is extremely relevant and transferable to the university environment and broader communities.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.