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Equity Resources, Support and Training

ECU's Equity Projects Team

You can contact the Pro Vice Chancellor’s (Equity and Indigenous) Equity Team for further information on any current initiatives, to provide feedback or for referrals by emailing equity@ecu.edu.au or by phoning (08) 6304 6170.

We are always looking for feedback on what is and isn’t working and the needs of our community, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any concerns or needs you may have.

University Contact Officers (UCOs)

UCOs provide assistance to students and staff members by providing referral information on equity policies and practices, together with details of services and support available to assist in resolving issues of concern.

For more information, you can visit the UCO page.

ALLY Network

ECU’s ALLY Network is made up of students and staff who are dedicated to increasing awareness of and support for LGBTIQ populations.

For more information, you can visit the ALLY Network page.

Further support and resources

Student Counselling

ECU provides a free, confidential counselling service to all currently enrolled ECU students residing in Australia to address any personal issues that impact on your studies.

For more information, you can visit the Student Counselling Service webpage.

Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service

The Equity, Diversity and Disability Service provides support to students with a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition which may impact on their participation at ECU, or students who care for a family member with a disability or medical condition.

For more information, you can visit the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service webpage.

Student Success Officers

Student Success Officers offer ongoing coordinated support to any student who may desire it. This involves assisting students to negotiate university life and offering one-on-one appointments for the development of action plans designed to assist students to achieve success in their studies at ECU.

For more information, you can visit the Student Success webpage.

Student Guild, clubs and associations

The Student Guild acts on behalf of all students, providing services that aim to protect students' rights and enhance their study experience at ECU. The Guild also organises social and cultural activities and supports our student clubs and societies.

For more information, you can visit the Student Guild website.

Equity Scholarships

ECU Equity Scholarships are intended to assist future and current undergraduate students from designated equity groups, with the costs associated with University study including students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander's, people with a disability or ongoing illness, people with significant caring responsibilities and those from rural or regional area of Australia.

For more information, you can visit the ECU Equity Scholarship webpage.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

ECU staff and their immediate family members can access free and confidential short-term psychological assistance for either personal or work related issues.

For more information, you can visit the Employee Assistance Program webpage.

Human Resources Service

Human Resources Service is available to provide support and advice on a wide range of employment-related policies and procedures including flexible work arrangements and workplace conduct issues.

For more information, you can visit the Human Resources Service webpage.

Jobs @ ECU

ECU is proud to be an inclusive workplace and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for positions with us. We also encourage you to get in touch to discuss any specific needs or concerns you may have prior to applying.

For more information, you can visit our Inclusive Workplace webpage.

Diversity Council Australia

In 2017 ECU joined the Diversity Council Australia, the independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All staff are welcome to access the myriad of resources available by going to the Diversity Council Australia webpage.

Diversity Development Framework

The Diversity Development Framework is a multi-modal, multi-layered framework that facilitates an equitable approach to ECU's staff development in all areas of diversity. The Framework provides structured opportunities for staff to strengthen their awareness, knowledge and skill in areas of diversity and inclusivity.

For more information, you can visit the Diversity Development Framework page.

Staff trainings

All equity related staff trainings can be accessed through the Staff Development Calendar. See below for an overview of the key trainings on offer.

If you have any specific training needs, please contact equity@ecu.edu.au to discuss this.

Consent Matters (online course)

At ECU, we are working to ensure that our campus is a safe environment for everybody. That is why we provide access to the free, interactive Consent Matters, which supports students with learning how to recognise sexual consent and support others if they are in trouble. Every ECU community member is strongly encouraged to complete Consent Matters which is available under 'My communities' on Blackboard.

DV Alert - Domestic Violence e-learning

During this self-paced 6 week (15 hour) course you will learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, respond to someone experiencing domestic and family violence, and understand the best practice methods used to refer people on to the most appropriate support service. Participants marked competent will receive a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CHCDFV001 - Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence.

Sexual Harassment/Assault: Reducing & Responding (online)

Universities Australia's first online module educates university staff about sexual harassment and sexual assault policies and practices within the Australian university sector and the impact on individuals. This training is available to all university staff, including academic staff, professional staff, general staff and university counsellors who may potentially come into contact with an individual affected by sexual harassment or sexual assault or a concerned member of the university community.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault (Online)

This package has been developed for workers in health, teaching, mental health and helping professions. It aims to increase knowledge and understanding about sexual assault issues and to increase workers' ability to effectively respond to disclosures of sexual assault from adolescents and adults.This e-learning package has been developed by the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) in Western Australia. It is presented in 2 parts and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Introduction to Mental Health

In any one year about one in five adult Australians experience a mental health issue.  The vast majority of these people can learn to live a full and normal life if they access appropriate and early support. This Session has been developed in response to staff requests, particularly academic staff, for information, advice and support in this area.

While people often know a lot about common physical health problems, there is a widespread lack of knowledge and stigmatising of mental health issues that often prevents people from providing appropriate supports.This Session aims to demystify mental health and provide staff members with information and advice to confidently deal with clients, colleagues and family members who may be experiencing mental health issues.

Mental Health First Aid (Standard) (2 Days)

Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

EO Online Module 1 (All Staff) & Module 2 (Line Supervisors and Managers)

Equity principles, terminology and application will be explained to you as you work through EO Online with real life case studies and interactive learning techniques. EO Online is presented in two modules. All staff should work through module 1. Staff with managerial or supervisory responsibilities should work through modules 1 and 2.

Cross Cultural Awareness

This online course explores a socio-anthropological definition of culture and through case studies, examples and simulations equips participants with strategies to successfully interact with people from diverse cultures.

LGBTI Awareness Session

The aim of the session is to provide participants with an overall understanding of why LGBTI workplace inclusion is important to an organisation as well as to provide a level of comfort around terminology, explore challenges often faced by LGBTI employees and provide awareness on the impact that a culture has on the lived experiences of its employees.

ALLY training

After compleition of the LGBTIQ Awareness Session, staff may choose to complete the additional ALLY Training to become an official ECU Ally. This training builds on the LGBTIQ Awareness Session and provides a hands on and practical 'how to' be an Ally for LGBTI employees.


We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which ECU's campuses stand and programs operate.

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