SAGE is a program owned and managed jointly by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The SAGE program focuses on piloting the Athena SWAN accreditation framework, which is owned by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which is a unit of the newly established Advance HE. The ECU is the owner of the intellectual property rights in the Athena SWAN Charter, including the accreditation framework and trade mark “Athena SWAN”. SAGE has licenced the Athena SWAN framework, and so accreditation awards conferred under SAGE will be branded as “Athena SWAN” awards.
Calls for intake into the pilot are currently communicated annually; SAGE called for membership for Cohort 3 intakes in quarter 2 2017, which have since closed. There are no plans to call for further intakes into the Pilot in 2018 or 2019. The SAGE Management Board will continue to assess the progress of the pilot implementation, and will consider the feasibility of future intakes and timelines based on the pilot’s evaluation and development of a business model for the future.
To be a member, institutions must agree to commit to the ten principles of Athena SWAN Charter, pay an annual subscription fee, and prepare and submit an application for accreditation in accordance with the SAGE Programme Guidelines. The fee is dependent on the size of the institution and ranges from $10,000 – $25,000 (excluding GST). The fee is payable annually from the time of membership approval and continues throughout the period of holding and/or applying for awards.
Membership fees enable SAGE to deliver a series of engagement activities and accreditation resources that support SAGE members. These include: workshops that guide members through the accreditation process, including peer review processes; a national annual event, including the awards ceremony; other resources such as facilitating access to UK expertise and applications and relevant literature.
Annual membership fees are set according to the following scale:
|Number of staff (professional, administrative and academic)||Annual fee (excl. GST)|
|Up to 50||$10,000|
For information on the Athena SWAN accreditation framework click here
Please sign into the charter members portal to access all materials relating to SAGE program guidelines and processes (including peer review); workshop materials; FAQ’s related specifically to the application; dates of SAGE activities (including regional network meetings and workshops); and other resources developed by SAGE and/or shared by SAGE members.
Recipients of the inaugural Bronze Awards will be announced late in 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Bronze Award application, under embargo, in September – October 2018. A public announcement will be made in late November / early December to coincide with the SAGE Symposium and awards dinner.
While all employers have a responsibility to make sure that their employees are treated fairly, SAGE cannot act on any complaints outside its remit (piloting of Athena SWAN accreditation), including all matters associated with employment. Resolution and/or complaints about workplace matters can be addressed directly with the supervisor and/or employer; where this may not be preferred/possible, complaints can be directed to either the Australian Human Rights Commission (https://www.humanrights.gov.au/complaints/complaint-guides) or the Fair work Ombudsman (http://www.fairwork.gov.au/complaints).
SAGE welcomes feedback from members and stakeholders; we are committed to resolving any issues or complaints raised by SAGE members about the SAGE services. Please refer to the SAGE Service Charter for details.
SAGE is unable to accept monetary donations. However, you can support SAGE by following our activities on social media and by attending future SAGE events. If you belong to a SAGE member institute and would like to contribute to their SAGE journey, please contact the Self-Assessment Team for your institute directly. Contact details can be found here.