Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Our Diversity Statement

In the Department of Biological Sciences, we acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders of the lands on which our university is located.

We strive to create a collegial and diverse community that is inclusive and respectful. We recognise, welcome and support staff, students and visitors from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, genders, gender identities and sexualities, people with disabilities, from all ages, and more.

Our values are reflected in the way we interact with each other.  We strive for excellence in our core mission of research, teaching, and engagement in a way that is sustainable, collegial, inclusive and encourages everyone to participate and contribute.

We are committed to:

  • Fostering a culture of respect and inclusion for all students and staff
  • Supporting and championing a safe work environment
  • Cultivating collaboration and participation amongst students, professional and academic staff
  • Celebrating student and staff achievements
  • Minimising our impact on the environment
  • Being the partner of choice to the research and broader community
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General Wellbeing Support

Staff: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Macquarie University staff & partners/family

Students: Student Wellbeing counselling for students

QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer-supported telephone and web-based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.

LGBTI Support Services and Organisations

Staff & Students: MQ Ally Network

An Ally is a staff member or student on campus who, through attending professional development, is aware of the issues faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community. Allies become a point of contact on campus for anyone interested or affected by these issues, as well as an agent of change who challenge homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism.

Students: QueerSpace

The Macquarie University QueerSpace is a safe room for LGBTQIA+ students, and their allies, to gather, study, and socialise on campus.

ACON provides a range of counselling services for LGBTIQ+ people in need of support and assistance. Call (02) 92062000

Mental Health

Staff: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counselling, coaching and wellbeing service free for all for Macquarie University and entity staff and their immediate family members. Immediate family members include children, parents, partners, grandchildren and siblings.

Students: Student Wellbeing
We provide a range of services to improve your wellbeing and help you reach your potential during and after your studies. Our services are provided in individual, group or online formats.

Twenty10 provides a range of services including mental health support, housing, counselling and social support.

BeyondBlue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness.

Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.


Staff and Students – Walanga Muru

Walanga Muru is Macquarie University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre. Walanga Muru is a Darug language name meaning 'follow your path'. At Walanga Muru, we seek to support and assist students to choose the right path to take, to navigate the obstacles and tangles of life, and to emerge as strong, resilient leaders.

Welcome to Country – App
There is a welcome to country app! It uses your location to tell you who’s land you are on and gives you a welcome!

This is an augmented reality app that you can use to scan Indigenous artwork and Sacred Sites around the world. This app brings the art to life with a story given in the local language and works without a connection to the internet. See more about the Indigital Storytelling app here: https://www.indigital.net.au/

SEED: Indigenous Youth Climate Network
A movement created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to tackle climate change. To find out more about SEED see here: http://www.seedmob.org.au/

World Indigenous Science Network

The World Indigenous Science Network coordinates a global network of Indigenous Elders with academic partners. See more here: http://wisn.org/

International/Cultural Diversity

HDR Mentors

The HDR Mentor program provides peer to peer support for HDR candidates. HDR Mentors are HDR candidates themselves and understand the challenges you may be facing.

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