Equity and Diversity at SMI

SMI is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion across all areas and levels of the institute and values the contributions that our staff and HDR students provide. To help address any imbalance in diversity and inclusion across the institute, SMI has established a Diversity and Inclusion committee, to develop and implement initiatives.

By practising the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion at SMI, we seek to create a vibrant and inclusive environment that allows ideas to flourish, people to be empowered and our community to grow.

The University of Queensland values the strength that diversity and inclusion bring to the University.

The diversity of our staff and student populations contributes to innovation and excellence in our research, teaching and learning endeavours, and marks UQ as an internationally leading institution. 

Further information regarding UQ's HR policy can be found here.

Committee Members

SMI as a globally leading research institute also seeks to be globally leading in terms of the establishment of initiatives embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s expertise and perspectives.

Though SMI is a peak academic institution, it is not elitist nor exclusive, but outward facing and open to opportunities that embracechallenge, diversity and complexity.

To embrace challenge as opportunity SMI’s vision is as an accessible place to work: a destination of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

SMI is committed to creating further opportunities with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as potential HDR students and as staff. Likewise, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who work for industry, and those who have an interest in the sector and have the cultural authority to engage with SMI and industry will be welcome, across a range of engagement platforms as part of the SMI’s broader network. SMI is a place to aspire to work, and to engage with, to change industry for the better: to improve social performance practices and approaches, and industry standards.

UQs RAP provides the platform of actions and deliverables for SMI's multi-pronged strategy that will drive change, from Indigenous exclusion to collaborative engagement.

For more information contact:

Dr Sarah Holcombe
+61 7 3346 4066
+61 0400 731 607


There are a number of programs and schemes available to assist researchers and HDR students to further their careers: