The Australian Centre for Student Equity and Success acknowledges Indigenous peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which our campuses are situated. With a history spanning 60,000 years as the original educators, Indigenous peoples hold a unique place in Australia. We recognise the importance of their knowledge and culture, and reflect the principles of participation, equity, and cultural respect in our work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future, and consider it an honour to learn from our Indigenous colleagues, partners, and friends.

You are reading: It’s time for an Australian Widening Participation Statement of Ethics

Written by Maria Raciti1

Australia’s widening participation (WP) agenda is decades old and it is championed by a dedicated community of WP practitioners and scholars. It is a community that I am proud to be a part of. In 2022, it would be fair to say that the WP community is pandemic-weary and fatigued by the demands of continuous change as these days it seems like there are more unknowns than knowns. Despite the magnitude and velocity of change, WP practitioners remain strong and committed to keeping the doors of opportunity open for priority groups who are underrepresented in Australian higher education.

Read the full blog article: It’s time for an Australian Widening Participation Statement of Ethics

The blog post is based on this accompanying book chapter: Recommendations for reducing higher education inequality in a post pandemic Australia


1University of the Sunshine Coast