SECTION 1 – PREAMBLE

  1. Cornzal Pty Ltd (‘the RTO’, ‘Cornzal’) respects, values and celebrates the diversity of our community.

  2. Cornzal acknowledges First Nations peoples of the lands on which its campuses are located and the Communities we live, work and study in. 

  3. We are committed to driving change to achieve equitable outcomes for all members of our community in education, research and employment.

  4. Our vision is for a safe, accessible and inclusive RTO where every person is respected, valued and treated with dignity.

  5. To nurture and sustain an environment where everyone can succeed, we will:

a. Eliminate discrimination and harassment;

b. Adapt and align our behaviours;

c. Meet Commonwealth and Territory/State anti-discrimination legislative obligations; and

d. Lead through our equity, diversity and inclusion practices, making positive impacts on key outcomes.

SECTION 2 – PURPOSE

6. This policy defines the principles and legislative framework that underpin the RTOs approach to drive innovation, improvements and systemic changes by providing learning, work and social environments that enable full and equitable participation.

SECTION 3 – SCOPE

7. This policy applies to all employees and students of Cornzal in any area and at any time they are undertaking education and training, work, research, study or social related activities, including during field work, vocational and clinical placements and external events.

8. This policy also applies to other members of the Cornzal community, including volunteers, contractors and visitors and those attending Cornzal activities or events.

SECTION 4 – POLICY

Principles

9. Cornzal is committed to principles of:

a. Access
b. Equity
c. Fairness
d. Social justice; and
e. Inclusion. 

10. Cornzal will:

a. Provide opportunities for genuine participation in decision-making
b. Promote a learning, research and work environment that is socially inclusive and values diversity
c. Support students and employees to realise their full potential without fear of discrimination or harassment.

Cornzal Commitments

11. Cornzal commits to developing leading practice in equity, diversity and inclusion and integrating these principles into and throughout policies, decisions and operations.

12. Cornzal commits to addressing structural and systemic disadvantage and embedding priority measures to achieve long-term, sustainable improvements in access and inclusion for all.

12. Cornzal commits to recruiting inclusive leaders and providing support for all current leaders to champion diverse teams, maintain currency of knowledge and committing to accountability. 

14. Cornzal will work with students and employees in recognised equity groups, learning from their experiences and co-designing improvements to remove any access or inclusion barriers, including but not limited to:

a. Monitoring and improving recruitment and admission processes, supporting employees to identify and redress bias in hiring and promoting employees and admitting and grading students;

b. Providing access to flexible work and study arrangements;

c. Initiating social inclusion activities in partnership with the community and undertaking proactive programs for designated employee and student equity groups; and

d. Responding appropriately to issues of unlawful discrimination, harassment and behaviours that do not align with Cornzal expectations.

 

15. Cornzal will employ effective strategies and equity measures to improve opportunities for people from under-represented or disadvantaged groups, including:

a. Adjusting policies, practices and requirements where necessary to provide equity for individuals; and

b. Targeting particular cohorts for recruitment, retention, performance management, promotion, remuneration, workforce planning (including succession planning and talent identification), training and professional development.

 

Discrimination and Harassment

16. Cornzal commits to the elimination of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and vilification in all aspects of its operations.

17. Cornzal does not tolerate discrimination based on any of the attributes protected by any State, Territory or federal legislation, including but not limited to:

a. Race, ethnicity, nationality, cultural identity or country of origin;
b.
Sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexuality;
c. Age, physical appearance, health or medical status (including irrelevant medical record) or ability;
d. Marital or family status, pregnancy, parenthood, breastfeeding, carer or family responsibilities;
e. Trade union or employer association activity or political opinion, affiliation or activity;
f. Religious or spiritual belief or activity;
g. Association with a person who has, or is believed to have, any of these attributes.

18. Cornzal will use appropriate language to foster inclusion of employees and students from diverse backgrounds and will be informed in language choices by the expressed preferences of communities and individuals, including the use of individuals’ specified gender pronouns.

 

Promotion

19. Information and educational resources regarding this policy will be included in employee induction and reinforced in ongoing programs of professional development and workplace conversations.

20. Signposting to this policy will be included in handbooks, course guides and student diaries, in the RTO Student Library and Student Central, and on the RTOs website. Promotion of the policy to students will be available in a range of languages.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

21. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that Cornzal operates in compliance with legislation and the terms of this policy.

22. Senior Executives and Managers have the responsibility and authority to implement this policy within their work areas, creating a socially inclusive learning, research and work environment where:

a. The history and culture of First Nations people is respected and valued,

b. Students and employees can realise their full potential without fear of discrimination or harassment,

c. A diverse range of people have genuine participation in decision-making,

d. People are encouraged and protected to speak up against all forms of discrimination and harassment; and

e. Priority measures are implemented to redress past or current disadvantage experienced by some groups.

23. Senior Executives and Managers will be required to report annually on the measures taken to achieve outcomes committed to within the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Enabling Plan.

24. People and Culture and Student Engagement will raise awareness of this policy and achieve targets set out in the Enabling Plans and the Student Experience and Success Core Plan.

25. The Chief Executive Officer and their Delegate/s, representing First Nations Leadership, will take the lead in raising awareness of this policy and developing, monitoring and evaluating associated programs and plans as they relate to First Nations students and employees.

26. All members of Cornzal must behave in a respectful, fair and equitable way and must not discriminate, harass, sexually harass, victimise or vilify others or request, instruct, induce, encourage, authorise or assist any other person to discriminate, harass, sexually harass, victimise or vilify others.

27. Complaints regarding conduct that contravenes the principles of this policy will be dealt with under the Code of Conduct – Staff or the Code of Conduct – Students, as applicable.

 

SECTION 5 – DEFINITIONS

28. Definitions of key terms can be found in the Cornzal Glossary.

 

SECTION 6 – NON-COMPLIANCE

29. Non-compliance with Governance Documents is considered a breach of the Code of Conduct -Staff, or the Code of Conduct – Students, as applicable, and is treated seriously by Cornzal. Reports of concerns about non-compliance will be managed in accordance with the applicable disciplinary procedures outlined in the Cornzal Enterprise Management Agreement and the Code of Conduct – Students.

30. Complaints may be raised in accordance with the Code of Conduct – Staff and Code of Conduct – Students.

31. All staff members have an individual responsibility to raise any suspicion, allegation or report of fraud or corruption in accordance with the Fraud and Corruption Control Policy and Whistleblower Reporting (Improper Conduct) Procedure.

 

Date

Document Title

Review Date

13 October 2023

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

03 October 2024

     
     

 

Approved By:

Position

Version

Niraj Shekhawatia

RNMX Chief Executive Officer

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Melissa Bailey

Corporate Director

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