Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Diversity and inclusion are integral to a strong research environment. The QBI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to enacting this principle at all levels within our institute. We aim to ensure that QBI is welcoming, supportive and inclusive to all staff, students and the wider research community.

Women and minorities have historically faced and are still affected by disproportionate obstacles within the STEM fields. To address this, our committee is undertaking initiatives to improve the research culture within QBI to eliminate unconscious bias, create a family-friendly, flexible and supportive work environment, provide access to leadership mentoring and to drive change to allow everyone within our institute to thrive.

Our goal is to promote equity at QBI. Some of the ways in which we will do this are as follows:

  • Reduce the effects of unconscious bias by
    • Having diverse representation on recruitment panels
    • Assessing job candidates relative to opportunity
    • Ensuring a diverse speaking roster at QBI seminars
  • Create a family friendly working environment with
    • Flexible working hours
    • Parent’s room
    • Flexible carers leave
    • Family friendly meeting times
  • Clear leadership pathways
    • We have several plans for events this and next year to foster leadership and mentoring at QBI! Watch this space!

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee is integrated within the QBI community, and aims to foster an inclusive environment for staff and students.

  • The committee includes ECRC and student committee representatives
  • Our members at the faculty, ECR and student levels are a part of the UQ Ally Network
  • We will participate in the warm welcome initiative at UQ







Postdoc representatives

Student representatives

Administration and HR

New leave types with implementation of new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, contact QBI HR for further details:

  • Cultural Leave – for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to attend Indigenous Australian Cultural/Ceremonial obligations
  • Primary Care Givers Leave – when taking on primary caregiver responsibilities during the first 12 months after the birth or adoption of a child


5 February

Chinese New Year

11 February

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

13 February

National Apology Day


8 March

International Women’s Day

21 March

Harmony Day

21 March

National Close the Gap Day

31 March

International Transgender Day of Visibility


6 May

Ramadan starts

17 May


20 May

World Refugee Day

26 May

National Sorry Day

27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week


3 June

Mabo Day

17 June

World Refugee Week

20 June

World Refugee Day


1 July

Coming of the Light

5 July

Pride in STEM day

7 - 14 July

NAIDOC week starts


4 August

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

9 August

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

12 August

Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan)

26 August

Wear it Purple Day



Brisbane Pride

23 September

Bisexuality Day


Equal Pay Day (dependent on the national pay gap but generally in Sept)


11 October

National Coming Out Day

11 October

International Day of the Girl

22 October – 28 October

Asexual Awareness Week

26 October

Intersex Awareness Day

27 October



8 November

Intersex Day of Solidarity

19 November

International Men’s Day

20 November

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Week of 20 November

Transgender Awareness Week

25 November

White Ribbon Day


1 December

World Aids Day

3 December

International Day for Persons with Disability