GOTAFE launches social justice charter

LAUNCHING A SOCIAL JUSTICE CHARTER AT GOTAFE... Local musician and Yorta Yorta man, Neil Morris, aka DRMNGNOW, carries out a smoking ceremony to launch the justice Charter. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

IN keeping with its ongoing commitment to equity, fairness and respect for its community today, GOTAFE has launched the Victorian TAFE sector’s first ever Social Justice Charter.

The creation of prayer rooms, multilingual interactive displays on campus, and LGBTQI+, autism and mental health training for staff are just some of the tangible actions outlined in the new Social Justice Charter, unveiled onsite at GOTAFE’s Shepparton campus.

The Charter pays particular focus to those community groups more likely to experience discrimination, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, multicultural communities, LGBTIQ+ identifying people, people with disabilities, younger and older community members. Its benefits will be far reaching across Victoria, set for implementation across GOTAFE’s eight campuses in Shepparton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Seymour and Wallan campuses.

“GOTAFE has had an inclusion focus for a long time, but now we have a systematic and planned approach to embedding social justice and inclusion across our organisation and into everything we do, ” said CEO at GOTAFE, Travis Heeney.

Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, who also attended today’s launch, celebrated what the Charter represented for the state’s education sector.

“We’re committed to giving every Victorian access to a quality education and making them feel safe while they study – which is at the heart of GOTAFE’s new Social Justice Charter,” said Minister Tierney.

To access the Social Justice Charter, visit the GOTAFE website for more information visit: