SDG10 Reduced Inequalities

CQUniversity actively participates in, coordinates and leads a range of initiatives and activities that align to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 Reduced Inequalities.

Explore the information and policies outlined on this page to find out more.

Disability Support Accessibility Schemes and Services

At CQUniversity, a range of services are available for students and staff with disabilities. The following services are available:

Inclusion and Accessibility

If you have a disability, illness, medical or mental health condition and would like support or assistance to complete your TAFE or University studies at CQUniversity, the Inclusion and Accessibility service can assist you. The Inclusion and Accessibility service aims to minimise barriers and encourage participation in education and training by all students. Reasonable adjustments including exam accommodations and provision of learning materials in alternative formats can be implemented to assist students who have registered with the Inclusion and Accessibility service. The following services are provided from the Inclusion and Accessibility service:

Disability Advisors

Disability Advisors can arrange the provision of learning resources, adaptive equipment, technology/software supports and will coordinate support staff to assist registered students who require additional help with their learning. Disability Advisors will liaise with relevant external agencies and organisations to assist and support students. This will be agreed upon on an individual basis.

Accessibility Plan

The reasonable adjustments tailored to your circumstances are documented in an Accessibility Plan (AP) based on consultations and documentation provided as part of the registration process. Once finalised, you will be sent a copy of your Accessibility Plan for confirmation.

Reasonable Adjustments

The Inclusion and Accessibility service is able to offer a range of reasonable adjustments to students living with a disability. Some examples include (but are not limited to):

  • adaptive/ assistive equipment, such as page overlays, lumbar support chairs, voice recorders etc.
  • adaptive/assistive technology and software such as screen readers, voice to text software
  • learning materials provided in alternative formats
  • exam accommodations which may include additional time, a scribe or reader
  • consultation with teaching and academic staff regarding coursework (if required)
  • support staff to assist with organisation and planning, notetaking or reading assistance

Disability Accommodation Support

Student Accommodation is available for students with disabilities. More information is available through the Student Accommodation Handbook on page 11.

Support for Underrepresented Groups

CQUniversity is proud to have the highest ratio of students from low socio-economic, mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and first-in-family backgrounds. The University defines itself by who it embraces rather than who it excludes, and because of this is widely recognised as Australia's most inclusive university. CQUniversity is focused on creating and build stronger relationships and sustainable opportunities that will enable equality and integration, greater study, employment and research prospects and the reciprocation of knowledge.

The CQUniversity Office of Indigenous Engagement (OIE) plays a pivotal role at CQUniversity in providing leadership to improve higher education outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The office drives informed policy development to influence the way in which the University provides higher education, training, research opportunities and engagement that expresses a deliberate destiny for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Indigenous Student Engagement Team provides advice about a number of support services available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students including:

  • Free tutoring support
  • Financial guidance
  • Cultural advocacy
  • Safe learning support
  • Basic course information, and more.

Student Support Services are available for all students including those from underrepresented groups such as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island students, international students and students with disabilities.

Services include:

  • Welfare Support
  • Career Support
  • Academic Support
  • Campus Support

CQUniversity has dedicated employees available to assist with any equity or diversity requirement including our Equity Program Officers and Student Access and Equity Manager. To reach out to the Program Officers, contact the Equity and Diversity Office.


At CQUniversity, there are a number of scholarships available for students with disabilities and/or students from underrepresented groups. A sample of the scholarships available are shown below or for more information on available scholarships visit our scholarships page which includes both CQUniversity and external stakeholder scholarships.

Outreach Programs

At CQUniversity, we deliver educational outreach programs and activities such as lectures, demonstrations, presentations and displays. Many of these activities are driven by CQUni staff, and as a student, you may be involved in voluntary student-run initiatives during your time with us.

Explore the sample of the outreach activities undertaken in 2019 and 2020 below.

  • Widening Participation Strategy - CQUniversity has a widening participation strategy that aims to promote higher education to low socioeconomic, regional and remote, and indigenous school students and sees our CQUni Connect team partnering with schools to deliver programs outreach programs.
  • Choices Program - CQUniversity students engage with police and community stakeholders in delivering a theatre production called Choices to year 12 high school students as part of the preparation for post year 12 celebrations.
  • First Lego League - First Lego League Challenge is a competition catering to upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.
  • Safety Circus – conveys road safety and personal safety messages to year 3 school students. This product has been operating since 2012.
  • TeacherFX (Teacher Farm Experience) -The Teacher Farm Experience Program aims to increase the knowledge and confidence of STEM, digital technology and agriculture educators to allow them to incorporate food and fibre production into their teaching programs. As part of this partnership with Rabobank, CQUniversity has developed innovative and interactive resources for teachers to take back to the classroom and an evaluation framework to determine its success.
  • PreQUIP - Year 10 Indigenous students attended CQUni as part of their career development to investigate potential career opportunities in the region.
  • Queensland Virtual STEM Academy - Students from several schools were lucky enough to access seagrass meadows and coral rock pools to collect seagrass seeds, assisting with the research CMERC are currently undertaking as well as experiencing some hands-on STEM activities on the barge.
  • Virtual Reality Classroom - Three Rockhampton primary school children went to school “virtually” due to a unique CQUniversity-coordinated VR classroom experience that could revolutionise distance education. We had a 3D heart, planet earth, Sputnik and Space Shuttle visit. The kids even passed around a bottle of water and had a drink all from different physical locations.
  • RoboCup Junior Competition - CQUniversity was proud to support the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enthusiasts at the recent RoboCup Junior competition in Mackay. By exposing school-aged kids to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore its concepts, they will hopefully develop a passion for it and pursue a job in a related field.
  • Townsville Campus Science Experience - CQUniversity Townsville played host to 21 high school students this week for the Townsville Campus Science Experience. Year 9 and 10 students from across the region travelled to attend the three-day event for the opportunity to explore a range of scientific fields, including Virtual Reality, Biodiversity and Data Analysis.
  • The Scene Project with Queensland Theatre – The interactive drama program for regional secondary drama students was presented by The Queensland Theatre and hosted by CQUniversity Mackay. They participated in practical drama workshops with CQUni students, led by Trevor Dowling, and watched the QT actors perform ’Wisdom’ by David Burton, which was written especially for Queensland Theatre’s Scene Project.
  • Women in Agri-Tech Pitch Competition - The Agri-tech Pitch Competition offered small groups of female students in years 7-10 from remote, regional and rural Australia.
  • CQ Junior Robotics CompetitionOpen to school students in years 4 – 12 within the Central Queensland region, CQUniversity hosts the CQ Junior Robotics Competition and it provides a fun environment for students to develop pivotal skills in problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and teamwork.
  • Project Booyah - CQUniversity is a training partner in Project Booyah which provides educational opportunities for at-risk young people. It is a partnership between CQUniversity and the Queensland Police Force
  • Smith Family Learning for Life programCQUniversity partners with The Smith Family to deliver the Learning for Life Program. The Smith Family is a charity that supports financially disadvantaged young people with assistance in maintaining their educational aspirations. The University is working with Rockhampton and Mackay Learning for Life staff to open up pathways to higher education for scholarship families, through information sessions and by supplying families with university program and scholarship information.
  • Seagrass: Citizen Scientist Program - This initiative engages volunteer community members to collect seagrass flowers in Gladstone Harbour, for the final harvest of the season.  This is part of the Sea Flowers: Growing Community Engagement for Seagrass Restoration Project and teaches volunteers how to work together to ensure the restoration of the vital flora.
  • Parasites in the Wild - Citizen Scientist Program - Participants developed a project plan addressing a hypothesis through the scientific method. Participants collected and identified ticks using field and laboratory equipment and easy-to-understand identification keys. Citizen Scientists will be able to get hands-on in the design and construction of laboratory and field equipment, including tick traps.
  • WinTECH Society - The Women in Technology (WinTECH) Society has developed free online workshops teaching students skills in data science using Excel and Python software. The workshops encourage students to choose STEM career paths.
  • CQUniversity Gladstone’s STEM Central - It’s a state-of-the-art experience that takes science, technology, engineering and mathematics out of the classroom and into the real world, one of the highlights of STEM Central has been the diversity of people who use of the facility – from five-year-old children getting their first experience of flying a drone, primary and high school groups from right across the region, then Indigenous elders, and even senior citizens.
  • Mission Australia Coffee Van Partnership - A hospitality training partnership between CQUniversity and Mission Australia will help provide valuable skills and employment opportunities to people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage in Cairns.
  • Student Health Clinics -Our Student Health Clinics operate in Rockhampton, Mackay, Sydney, and Brisbane. These clinics are a collaboration between health care practitioners and our students to deliver local health services in oral health, speech pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry, and chiropractic services.
  • Australian Defence Force Reservists - In the past year, several CQUniversity employees have been deployed with the ADF Reserves in response to the national bushfire crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. CQUniversity’s commitment to supporting staff to engage in such activity led to it being announced as the 2020 Defence Reserve Employer Support Award winner under the not-for-profit organisation category.

Studying abroad for a year, term or even just a couple of weeks is a very rewarding and educational experience. You will have opportunities to travel, make friends from around the world, enhance your employment prospects and possibly even learn another language. Above all, you will gain a fresh perspective on the world around you. We are all part of an increasingly globalised world and international study will give you a cultural awareness and life experience that will set you apart from your peers.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Global Outreach programs available for students at CQUniversity were interrupted in 2020 however students are excited to be able to restart these projects when available.

  • GGC Volunteers LTD: Our Physiotherapy students, all funded under the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan, visited Vietnam and conducted clinics and therapy sessions within 10 different youth centres, charity clinics or schools.
  • Nepal's Fishtail Hospital: CQUniversity Bachelor shadowed staff at Nepal's Fishtail Hospital. Exposing them to areas such as paediatrics, intensive care, medical and surgical, theatre, maternity, outpatient clinics, renal dialysis, accident and emergency, and medical imaging. They also provided health assessments and education to locals in rural villages.
  • Malaysian Theatre Production: Performing the joint production of Chess The Musical by CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Bentley Music Academy of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Cambodian Children's Fund: CQUniversity Oral Health students provided dental services to impoverished children at schools during their trip to Cambodia. The project was run by the Cambodian Children's Fund and the People Improvement Organisation.
  • Antipodeans Abroad: Thailand's Rachawadee disability centres recently welcomed 16 of CQUniversity's Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Exercise and Sports Science students. Students were able to work in multidisciplinary teams to work with residents who have a variety of significant physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
  • Wild Medic Project: Nine CQUniversity Paramedic students and two lecturers travelled to Nepal to assist with priority screening at a remote health clinic


Explore the CQUniversity policies that align with SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities:

This policy and procedure is a non-discriminatory policy designed to meet the University’s admissions requirements, academic policies, quality assurance standards, accreditation requirements and relevant administrative systems.

This procedure ensures a consistent, timely and merit-based recruitment and selection process is used to attract quality employees to CQUniversity. Special measures are taken to recruit staff and faculty from underrepresented groups (refer to Clause 3.6 and 3.7 of this Procedure).

This policy and procedure provides a framework and information for University employees to appropriately resolve alleged cases of workplace harassment (excluding sexual harassment), workplace bullying, and unlawful discrimination.

This policy and procedure provides a framework and information for University employees on how to appropriately resolve alleged cases of sexual harassment.

This procedure informs and assists CQUniversity students with disability on how to access specialised support services, assistive technologies, equipment and other reasonable adjustments.

This procedure informs and assists CQUniversity employees with disability on how to access specialised support services, assistive technologies, equipment and other reasonable adjustments, to ensure equitable access to employment opportunities, training, promotion, services and facilities.

This policy outlines the legislative requirements that underpin a range of equity-related policy documents and programs at CQUniversity. The University is dedicated to providing an environment that upholds the principles of social justice, equity, diversity and social inclusion without fear of discrimination, harassment or bullying, where all students, employees and others participating in our community are treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. It strives to build a vibrant community that respects the inherent dignity of the individual and values the unique knowledge, skills, abilities, life skills and competencies that each person can contribute to learning and workplace culture.


Bundaberg, QLD residents living with a disability will be able to access local beaches and enhance their lives through movement thanks to the Universal Beach Access Hub (U-Beach). U-Beach is a project driven by CQUniversity, in collaboration with Bundaberg Regional Council, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Community Lifestyle Support, and Rotary Bundaberg Region, as well as local education providers and sporting clubs.

A CQUniversity-led project to create a wearable robotic glove to help people with spinal injuries has been named as a finalist in the 2020 Bionics Queensland Challenge. Initiated by Dr Vanesa Bochkezanian, CQU Lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy, in partnership with the University of Queensland, the ‘Intuitive Grasp’ concept aims to improve mobility and grasp function by using electrodes and muscle stimulation. This project has the potential to help lots of people and will give them independence and help them complete simple tasks like holding a cup or a knife and fork much easier