Before the pandemic hit, modest gains had been made in reducing inequality in some areas. However, inequality persists in its various forms, whether income, wealth, opportunities or other dimensions.
– United Nations

In everything we do, from our teaching to our outreach projects, we strive towards equality and inclusion for our diverse, treasured community.

Several VU programs work directly with local government to improve access to education and employment, and provide support where it is most needed.

Research activity extends the reach of this approach, addressing global inequalities through economic and social investigation.

Goal 10: reduced inequalities

Research projects & engagement 2020-21

Victoria University contributes to Reduced Inequalities through the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC) and the Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES) research into investments for sustainable and inclusive development.

VISES, in conjunction with the Global Initiative on Health and the Economy, an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released a joint report on Increasing Social and Economic Benefits Globally: Rates of Return on Health Investments. The report establishes the economic return on government investment around the world in the prevention of chronic or non-communicable diseases. This is a study of health effects on productivity globally. It entails investigating health investments focused on disease conditions that are especially important for work force participation. This includes the diseases which have a high impact on absenteeism and presenteeism such as mental disorders (depression) and high burden diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancers, diabetes and respiratory diseases.

The Centre of Policy Studies examined The Effects on the Indian Economy of an Expansion in Financial Capital Supply to understand the impact on the Indian economy of a hypothetical rise in foreign-supplied capital to local Indian financial institution investees, and the engagement activities that might be associated with it, that might potentially improve the allocation of capital within India.

Victoria University has a long-standing engagement with Timor-Leste and partnership with the National University of Timor-Leste, the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e and the Dili Institute of Technology. The Timor-Leste Strategy 2018-2020 commits Victoria University to provide educational exchange and projects to support the young nation to build its skills and capabilities.

In 2020, VU continued this engagement with a joint event 'Covid-19: Threat And Opportunity In Timor-Leste?' with an impressive list of speakers and panellists from Timor Leste and Australia, including Dr José Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate, who provided a broad overview of the contemporary political and economic situation in the nation.

VU also published the first edition of Voz Timor in 2020 to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the vote for independence, as well as the part young people are playing in working towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The specialisation in Aboriginal Yulendj (Knowledge) and Community is a ground-breaking program managed and taught by the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit. The specialisation to incorporate Indigenous perspectives is offered across a range of degrees.

Research groups addressing Goal 10

Programs addressing Goal 10