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Diversity and Inclusion

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At GOTAFE we strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all people within our diverse and vibrant community. You have a right to feel safe to be yourself at GOTAFE and to be celebrated for your unique contributions to our community. We were named Inclusive Training Provider of the Year at the Victorian Training Awards in 2020, recognising our ongoing efforts and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

How does GOTAFE support diversity and inclusion?

In 2020, GOTAFE established a Social Justice Charter with the purpose of embedding the universal principals of equity, fairness, and respect into all aspects of GOTAFE’s operations, systems, and infrastructure.

The GOTAFE Social Justice Charter is an important step to identify principles and actions to create equal opportunities for all students, staff, teachers, trainers, and communities that have a relationship with GOTAFE.

Read our Social Justice Charter here

The Diversity Council of Australia

GOTAFE is a proud member of The Diversity Council of Australia. The independent not-for-profit peak body has been leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace since 1985 as a joint initiative of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Business Council of Australia to take action in the business community's commitment to equal opportunity for women. The DCA has since expanded its focus to cover all aspects of diversity.

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Diversity and inclusion means we...

Provide a safe learning environment

We are committed to providing a safe inclusive environment, free from discrimination.

Welcome and celebrate differences

We celebrate people of every ethnicity, faith, age, disability, culture, language, gender identity, sex and sexual orientation.

Foster a sense of community and belonging

GOTAFE is a family, we're here to support you every step of the way in your education journey and beyond.

Meet Social Justice Champion Liaqat Ahmadi

Liaqat grew up in Pakistan, before fleeing to Australia with his family as a refugee. He faced many barriers on his arrival, especially with language and finding a job. After studying a Business Traineeship through GOTAFE's Fryers Street Campus, Liaqat is now a proud employee of GOTAFE. He is also one of our incredible Social Justice Champions, who helped to guide and shape the Social Justice Charter.

Watch Liaqat's story, or read more through the link below.

Read more about Liaqat's story here

Supporting you through your studies and beyond

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, your disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life throws your way, we are here to help.

Access support and wellbeing services

Partnerships

GOTAFE works in collaboration with organisations to introduce discrete programs and training opportunities for staff and students. In pursuit of inclusive practice, GOTAFE is a member and partner of:

The Australian Network on Disability

A national, membership based, for-purpose organisation focused on the inclusion of people with disability

Pride in Diversity

The national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTQ workplace inclusion

The Equal Employment Opportunity Network

A national forum dedicated to educating decision-makers about creating more inclusive workplaces

Working with us

GOTAFE has a number of career opportunities and encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. GOTAFE is committed to a barrier-free recruitment process. If you have any adjustment requirements, please advise us in your application, contact the hiring manager in the role description or contact us directly.

Further Information

If high school and VCE aren’t your thing, then do something you love! We have a range of courses targeted at students aged between 15-19 years to help you realise your potential and set you on the path to success. Best of all, you don’t need an ATAR to kick-start your career.

Learn more about Youth Pathways at GOTAFE

The Centre for Koorie Education (CKE) is a dedicated space just for Koorie students. With a lounge space for relaxing in front of the TV, and a computer room for studying or job hunting, the CKE is your home away from home at GOTAFE.

Learn more about the Centre for Koorie Education

Whether you've recently arrived in Australia or lived here for several years, improving your English is a great way to connect with the community and feel more at home.

The GOTAFE Multicultural Education Centre (MEC) can help you learn how to use English for reading and writing and play a part in your community—whatever your needs and abilities.

Find out more about Multicultural Education

The Reasonable Adjustment Plan allows anyone to apply for adjustments to their education, and recognises the diversity and individual circumstances that make up people’s lives.

This initiative is inspired by the principles of the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Read the Reasonable Adjustment Plan