Our history

2014
A group of people seated at an event, with notepads and pens on their laps.

November

At a groundbreaking national workshop on gender equity, representatives from academic and research institutions across the country agree to pilot the Athena Swan Charter in Australia.

Funding is secured for the Pilot project through the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), individual sponsors, and subscription fees paid by participating institutions.

2015
A group of people posing for a photo inside Parliament House, Canberra.

May

SAGE issues its first call for institutions to join the SAGE Pilot.

September

The SAGE Pilot is launched at Parliament House.

December

Under the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government provides $2 million in funding to expand and evaluate the SAGE program.

2016
A person giving a presentation. The text on the screen says 'Analysis: Unsuccessful applications use data poorly; ignore issues’.

February

The first cohort of 20 institutions formally commence their journey to SAGE Athena Swan accreditation.

September

A further 20 institutions begin the SAGE Athena Swan process.

2017
Close-up photo of ten hands placed in a row on a tree branch.

April

SAGE commissions an independent evaluation of the SAGE Pilot.

July

The final group of participating institutions in the SAGE Pilot begin their accreditation journey.

2018
A room with tables set for a formal dinner. A large screen at the front of the room says ‘SAGE Awards Dinner 2018, 5 December’.

March

The first 20 institutions submit their applications for an Athena Swan Bronze Award.

December

15 institutions receive their Athena Swan Bronze Awards – an Australian first – at the inaugural SAGE Awards Dinner.

Findings from independent evaluation are published, affirming the effectiveness of the Athena Swan framework for achieving gender equity, diversity and inclusion in Australian institutions.

Read the precis report Putting Gender on your Agenda.

2019
Cover of an Athena Swan application featuring a white swan on a black background and text reading “Athena Swan Bronze Award application Acacia University 2019”.

March

16 institutions submit their applications for an Athena Swan Bronze Award.

July

The remaining Pilot participants submit applications for Athena Swan Bronze Award accreditation.

September

13 more institutions achieve Athena Swan Bronze Award accreditation.

2020
A woman speaking into a microphone at the 2020 SAGE Awards Dinner.

February

11 institutions, along with the 13 successful institutions announced in September 2019, formally accept their Athena Swan Bronze Awards at the 2020 SAGE Awards Dinner.

March

SAGE receives further funding of $1.8 million from the Australian Government, moving us closer to our goal of reaching the entire tertiary education and research sector.

June

SAGE launches the Cygnet Awards, providing a uniquely Australian pathway from the Athena Swan Bronze to Silver Awards.

November

Following the Pilot’s success, SAGE transitions from being a partnership between AAS and ATSE to becoming SAGE Ltd, a fully independent entity. Learn more about our governance and structure.

December

An independent evaluation of the SAGE peer review process supports its credibility and robustness while identifying reforms to enhance efficiencies.

Read the findings and SAGE response in the Hartley Report.

2021

March

SAGE welcomes the first institutions to join post-Pilot.

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