Gender Equity in research policy

At Deakin we understand that being a researcher with responsibility for children, elders or people with disability is often challenging.

Delivering high-quality research outputs can be restricted by a reduced capacity to attend conferences or taking periods of extended leave.

The following programs seek to address some of the known barriers to career progression.  This is by no means the end of our work. Through the SAGE Athena SWAN pilot and other initiatives we will continue to find ways to increase diversity. At the same time we will put in place policies and practices that provide support to people of different ethnicities, genders, sexualities, age, and disabilities to feel included and to achieve their goals.

Career Continuity for Researchers who are Primary Carers

The Career Continuity for Primary Carers in Research program provides funding for researchers that take extended leave due to primary caring responsibilities. The funding can be accessed while on leave or upon return to work and can be used to maintain collaborations with industry partners, postdoctoral assistance in the lab or maintenance and collection of field samples.

Vice-Chancellor’s Support Fund

The Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Care Support fund provides up to $2,000 to assist researchers (with a minimum 20% research allocation)  and HDR students who would otherwise be unable to attend local or international conferences, workshops or symposia due to carer responsibilities. Funding can be provided to cover additional childcare costs incurrent by travel or through assisting parents to take young children with them.

Achievement Relative to Opportunity

Achievement relative to opportunity is difficult to assess and quite often judged very differently by each assessor.  Deakin’s Principles for Achievement Relative to Opportunity set a starting point for assessors to use when making recruitment, promotions or conducting PPR discussions.

Keeping Connected

Keeping Connected guidelines have been developed to assist managers and staff when parental leave is taken to understand how they can use the keeping in touch (KIT) days as provided for in the Federal Government’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme.