Gender Equality & Social Inclusion

Australia Awards promotes equity and broad participation by all groups in society

The Australian Government seeks equity and broad participation by all groups in society. This includes women, people with disability and people from traditionally-marginalised groups.

Australia Awards is committed to ensuring equal access to opportunities, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, religion, minority group status or disability.

Australia Awards offers a range of support to remove different barriers to fair participation and create a level starting point for all eligible people interested in applying for Australia Awards Scholarships and Short Courses.

To ensure equity and diversity of participation, Australia Awards applications are actively encouraged from eligible women, people from traditionally-marginalised groups and people with disability. The selection process for Australia Awards Scholarships takes into account barriers to participation faced by applicants from under-represented groups and, where appropriate, makes adjustments to improve their competitiveness.

Australia Awards has gender equality and social inclusion initiatives tailored and contextualised for each participating country in South and West Asia.

Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment is a core policy priority for the Australian Government and is centred on women’s economic empowerment, women in leadership and the elimination of violence against women.

Australia Awards aims for equal participation by both women and men. All women—in particular, women from traditionally-marginalised groups, and women with disability—are encouraged to apply for Australia Awards.

There is a range of adjustments and support that can be made at different stages of the Australia Awards process to remove barriers to fair participation that women may experience. Australia Awards aims to offer at least 50% of Scholarships and Short Courses to women.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability are included in, and equally benefit from, Australia’s development assistance. Australia Awards empowers future leaders, including those with disability, to drive change and contribute to development.

Australia Awards strives to ensure equal access for people with disability at all stages of a Scholarship or Short Course opportunity: application, selection, pre-departure, in-Australia and after returning home. People with disability are encouraged to apply for Australia Awards. Assessment of their application is made fairly and equally, and applicants will not be excluded on the grounds of disability.

Applicants are encouraged to notify the program early about any disability they may have. Early notification enables Australia Awards to provide appropriate support in the application and placement process.

Recipients with disability are provided with reasonable adjustments, based on a needs assessment. The objective is to allow recipients with disability to participate on an equal basis with others. Australian institutions are very experienced in providing different types of assistance or adjustments.

Disability Inclusion & Australia Awards – Bangladesh

Disability Inclusion & Australia Awards – Bhutan 

Disability Inclusion & Australia Awards – Nepal

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Disability Inclusion & Australia Awards – Sri Lanka

Australia Awards is committed to ensuring equal access to opportunities. Depending on country-specific contexts, certain people-groups are at times marginalised. These groups can include women and people with disability, as well as people living in remote areas; people from particular religious, ethnic, tribal or caste groups; or people with different sexual orientations and/or preferences; or people living with HIV/AIDS.

People from traditionally-marginalised groups are encouraged to apply for Australia Awards Scholarships and Short Courses. Assessment of their application will be made fairly and equally, and applicants will not be excluded on the grounds of their gender, disability, race, sexuality, religion or minority group status.

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