Frequently Asked Questions

See also

What is the SAGE Pilot?

What is Athena SWAN?

Getting started with Athena SWAN


How to get involved

How can my institution get involved in Athena SWAN Charter?

Athena SWAN is being introduced to Australia through a staged process under the SAGE Pilot. Once the Pilot is complete, SAGE will consider opening up membership of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia to all eligible institutions.

Can a department within the University apply separately for an Athena SWAN Charter Award?

The Athena SWAN Charter requires organisations to achieve an Institutional Bronze Award before any individual department, school or business unit is eligible to apply for accreditation in its own right. The SAGE Pilot will accordingly only accept applications for Institutional Bronze Awards.

Our institution has several partner organisations or research institutes associated with it. Can they be part of our organisation’s Institutional Award and gain accreditation as an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder?

In order to be included as part of an institution’s Award application, an entity must be part of the institution, functioning as a department or faculty. Partner organisations and research institutes that function as autonomous entities, have their own management, decision-making and independent funding structures, and have autonomy to develop their own policies, such as independent institutions which are members of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes, are not considered part of the host institution and are therefore not eligible to participate in their affiliated institution’s Bronze Award application.

SAGE Pilot

What does the administration fee of the SAGE Pilot cover?

  • Staff to oversee and support SAGE Pilot activities
  • A license to utilise Athena SWAN Charter materials owned by the Equity Challenge Unit (ECU) in the UK, including a license to accredit organisations with Athena SWAN Awards
  • Adaption of Athena SWAN materials to the Australian research environment and development of benchmarking data
  • Extensive training of SAGE staff in Athena SWAN protocols
  • Direct ongoing support to SAGE pilot participants in planning and undertaking their self-assessments and developing their institutional applications
  • Participant workshops to facilitate data collection and preparation of applications (note, participants will be required to cover travel and other costs of attendance)
  • Development of resources and online materials to support applications
  • Facilitation and organisation of other regular events and activities, including the SAGE Symposium, webinars and support for Regional Networks
  • ECU oversight of the workshops and accreditation processes
  • Independent evaluation of the SAGE Pilot’s outcomes and participant experiences.

After the SAGE Pilot has concluded participant fees will be reviewed against ongoing operational costs. Additionally, significant contributions have already been made by several organisations to ensure the initiation and progress of the SAGE Pilot.

Are participant fees based on number of staff in total in the institution or the number of staff participating in the Pilot (i.e. in STEMM fields)?

Participant fees are based on number of staff in the institution, not just those included in the SAGE Pilot, and are designed not to disproportionately affect smaller institutions.