Inclusive Communities

The ANU Strategic Plan 2021-2025 sets out the University's objective to become “a standard-bearer for equity and inclusion”. The Inclusive Communities team works as a part of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Portfolio and assists ANU in meeting this goal for the whole University community, including staff and students. 

Inclusive Communities are responsible for coordinating the governance and strategies of the University’s inclusion and diversity activities through the following avenues:  

  • Secretariat to the University’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Governance Framework, and its related groups, to ensure good governance and effective outputs.​ 
  • Project management of ANU IDEA related strategic initiatives, identified by the Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Academic), to ensure timely and focused outputs.  ​ 
  • Background research and data analysis to enable evidence-based decision making. 
  • Consultation and engagement activities in support of the development of University-wide plans relating to inclusion and diversity.
  • Coordination of University diversity and inclusion-related accreditations, such as: ​Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN and the Australian Breastfeeding Association Accreditation

Inclusive Communities champions a coordinated, strategic approach to pursuing the University’s equity and inclusion objectives by:​ 

  • Collaborating closely with stakeholders across the University to help grow capacity for inclusion and diversity programs and initiatives.
  • Considering issues from intersectional perspectives – such as gender, disability, carer status, Indigenous, linguistic and cultural diversity, LGBTQIA+, and more – creating a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to matters of inclusion.​ 
  • Promoting equity and inclusion topics and themes, and the important role they play within the university experience, throughout the university.​ 
  • Promoting evidence-based decision making in relation to equity and diversity planning and development, and the adoption of best practice in wellbeing data collection and analysis. 


The Inclusive Communities team reports to theDeputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). 

Our Team

Inclusive Communities (functional account):

Joel McLean, Interim Head of Team:

Alicia Saiz, Senior Project Officer:

Ed Briedis, Project Officer:

Susannah French, Administrative Officer:



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