SAGE Updates
In this issue:

Message from the CEO

Headshot of Dr Wafa El-Adhami.

Dear subscribers and friends of SAGE, 

How quickly another quarter has flown by! It has been a busy one for SAGE, and I am pleased to share with you some updates on our activities. 

Firstly, I am delighted to congratulate Edith Cowan University (ECU) on achieving their first SAGE Cygnet Award, which recognises the outcomes and impact from implementing their Athena Swan Bronze Award action plan. This tremendous achievement marks an important milestone in their journey to an Athena Swan Silver Award. You can read about their work to improve access to flexible working arrangements in their Cygnet Award application

To support our other subscribers who are applying for Cygnet Awards, the SAGE team delivered 22 one-on-one consultations between July and September. I was happy to hear that our ECU colleagues found this service useful. If you would like guidance on preparing your application, our advisory team is eager to help. 

I also encourage you to take part in the Intersectionality Series – a key component of our 2022-23 Capacity Building program, developed in collaboration with the SAGE Special Interest Group on intersectionality. The first six events, which introduced the concept of intersectionality and how it can be applied in collecting diversity data, have been very well received.

Those of you who have been following updates from the SAGE Special Interest Group on Workload Allocation will be thrilled to hear that the Workload Allocation Principles Matrix is now ready to pilot. My heartfelt thanks goes to the Group for producing this terrific tool for the sector. 

SAGE continues to contribute to the work of the National Women’s Safety Alliance, in this quarter providing input into the Alliance’s response to the ‘Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022’ which amends the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. 

Our engagement with government remains strong; in July, I represented SAGE at a Respect@Work Council event to discuss reforms to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment and reflect on the Council’s work. SAGE has also been contributing to the APEC Women in STEM: Metrics Framework project that commenced in mid-2022. 

The last quarter also brought other outreach opportunities. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to ALS, a global laboratory testing company, about steps that everyone can take to promote gender equity in the workplace. And on her recent visit to the UK, Libby Lyons, Chair of the SAGE Board, met with the CEO of Advance HE, Alison Johns as we continue to build our partnership and collaborations with Advance HE.

The next quarter shows no sign of slowing down, as we have much in store for the coming weeks. I look forward to hosting senior leaders at the Heads of Institutions Forum on 7 November, and to welcoming all subscribers at next week’s National Network Meeting.

Dr Wafa El-Adhami 
Chief Executive Officer, SAGE Ltd


Teammates discussing workload.

Workload Allocation Matrix now ready for pilot

SAGE subscriber institutions are invited to trial the Matrix, a tool for promoting fair, equitable workloads for all staff.

The tool comprises guiding principles for workload allocation and case studies that show how the principles may be applied in practice.

A big thank you to the SIG members who developed this tool: Liz Mackinlay, Cate Thomas, Kieryn McKay, Tara Magdalinksi, Analise O’Donavan, Nicci Poole, Steve Wilcox, Kate Huppatz, Peter Bansel, Kaye Mazzoleni and Jenna Ardagh.

Download the Matrix >>

Senior managers having discussion.

Heads of Institutions survey consultation 

In May, we surveyed heads of SAGE subscriber organisations to seek their views on the structure of our accreditation pathways, if they remain fit-for-purpose, and their organisation’s future engagement with SAGE. 

The second stage of this process, which comprised follow-up interviews with Heads of Institutions, is now completed.

We look forward to presenting the key findings and themes to the Heads of Institutions at their next Forum meeting on 7 November 2022.

Man reviewing document.

Become a SAGE Cygnet Award reviewer

Can you help us grow our pool of reviewers and Chairs to assess Cygnet Award applications?

To support the formation of peer review panels with diverse lived experiences, we particularly welcome expressions of interest from:

  • men; 
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people; 
  • people who identity as LGBTQIA+, including trans, non-binary and gender diverse people; 
  • people with disability; and 
  • people from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

Online reviewer training will be provided. 

Become a reviewer or chair >> 

Person browsing SAGE website.

How to use the SAGE website in 3 easy steps 

Any staff member and student from SAGE subscribing organisations can access our good practice resources, even if you're not directly involved in your organisation's SAGE work. 

To get full access, all you need to do is: 

  1. Go to the home page and click Login in the top right corner. 

  1. Enter your staff or student email address in the pop-up box. 

  1. Click on the validation link that's been sent to your inbox. 

Contact us if you need help or to share feedback. 

Visit SAGE website >> 



Woman mentoring younger colleague.

2 November | Webinar

Does mentoring influence women's careers? Melina Georgousakis will present findings from the evaluation of the Franklin Women Mentoring Program for mid-career women in the health and medical research sector. We’ll also hear firsthand accounts from a mentor and mentee who took part in the Program. 

Register now >> 

Intersectionality series banner.

Next event 2 November | Webinars

New to the SAGE capacity building program, the Series supports SAGE subscriber organisations to take an intersectional approach to their equity and inclusion initiatives.

The Series pairs expert webinars with Reflection in Practice sessions, a relaxed space for participants to discuss intersectionality. 

See upcoming events in the Series >> 

Pinned date on calendar.

12–14 September 2023 | Hybrid conference

SAGE, in partnership with Advance HE, is proud to be hosting Diversity Interventions 2023 in Perth, WA. Watch our website and newsletters over the coming months for updates on the location, themes and call for abstracts. 

We are also seeking volunteers to join the program development committee. Committee members will advise on the conference themes, and review and select abstracts for presentation. If you are available in March and April 2023 and would like to contribute, please get in touch by 8 November. 

Boardroom with Australasian map on screen.

18 October | Virtual event 

The Australasian Strategic Advisory Board (ASAB) provides strategic input to Advance HE to inform its operations and services in response to the needs of Advance HE’s members and partners across Australasia. 

As a member of the ASAB, SAGE CEO Dr Wafa El-Adhami will be representing the interests of SAGE and our subscribers at the upcoming meeting. 

Man on video call.

Over the next four weeks, SAGE will host the last national and regional network meetings for 2022. As always, we look forward to connecting with our subscribers and exchanging information on good practice in gender equity, diversity and inclusion. 

  • National network meeting – 18 Oct 
  • QLD regional network meeting – 8 Nov 
  • ACT regional network meeting – 9 Nov 
  • WA regional network meeting – 14 Nov
  • NSW regional network meeting – 15 Nov 
  • VIC regional network meeting – 16 Nov 
  • SA regional network meeting – 17 Nov 

Missed the last meeting(s)? Read the notes to catch up. 

Enquire about network meetings >> 

Want to know how SAGE can help your organisation achieve its gender equity, diversity and inclusion goals? Contact us for an obligation-free discussion today.

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