Support for the Academic Equity Development Program

The Academic Equity Development Program (AEDP) provides eligible academic and research staff with support to conduct sustained activities to further their development as scholars, researchers, teachers and/or practitioners.

It is awarded in recognition of the achievements and potential achievements of individual staff, despite previous career disadvantage that has been experienced and related to certain attributes or circumstances.

What do I need to know?

Who is eligible?

Nominations are open to level A and B academic staff (including research only staff) who meet the following criteria:

  • must have been employed by the University for three or more years
  • be performing satisfactorily under the Academic Staff Review Process
  • have not been the recipient of any form of teaching release in the past three years (eg. ASP or faculty support)
  • have not been the recipient of this program (includes ASEDP / TASDSS / VCASDS) in the past five years
  • staff with nominated attributes or life circumstances and responsibilities.
What are the nominated attributes?
  • Family responsibilities
  • First Peoples
  • People with disabilities
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People who are sexually and gender diverse
  • Women.
What does the scheme provide?

Each year, central funding will be provided for up to four academic or research staff members to undertake an appropriate six month program (semester one or semester two). The amount provided for each supported program will be approximately $20,000.

Academic Groups may wish to fund additional programs as appropriate.

Central funding may be provided to the School/Department to cover teaching release or may be allocated directly to the staff member to support research or related activities, or a combination of both.

How do I apply?

Applications can be submitted through your Head of Element to the Dean (Academic) at any stage during the year.

  • complete the application form
  • provide a credible proposed program of academic work for the relevant six month period
  • demonstrate the value of the program, in terms of their professional development and the expected benefits for the University
  • attach your Academic Portfolio.
Other information

For further information regarding the Academic Equity Development Program please refer to the policy or contact Marnie King, Senior Consultant (Equity and Inclusion) on (07) 373 53883 or via email to

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