Gender Equality

VC Statement on Gender Equality

Professor Barney GloverGender equality is about fundamental human rights and is integral to our commitment to be a world class university recognised for world class education and research.
The University has a proud track record on advancing gender equality. My predecessor, Emeritus Professor Janice Reid AM and the senior executive worked for many years to increase the representation of women in leadership positions, to reduce the gender pay gap and to promote workplace flexibility.
There are a range of supporting strategies and policies in place in the Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan, the Our People 2015 Staffing Strategy, the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policy and the Enterprise Agreements.
Currently over 50% of our staff and students are women, 41% of all managers are women and we have one of the highest rates of women professors (41%) in the sector.
I want to build further upon this impressive foundation. If we are to be leaders in excellence in teaching, innovation and research it is critical that we utilise the skills and capacities of all our staff.
To guide this process I established the Gender Equality Committee to assist in implementing the University's Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020 PDF, 56.96 KB. The Strategy addresses how to better support those areas of the organisation that have traditionally struggled to recruit, retain and advance female staff, as well as strategies to facilitate a deeper understanding and commitment to gender equity across the entire organisation.
To progress gender equality further we must challenge the beliefs and attitudes that are undermining progress.
To progress gender equality I want to renew the focus on workplace flexibility. We have the policies and procedures in place. It is time to commence a dialogue on how to better implement flexibility in practise at all levels of the university.
I want us to challenge the status quo, to be innovative and creative in how we overcome the barriers that women face, particularly in the STEM disciplines and related non-traditional occupations.
I want to continue the University's proud reputation as a sector leader in gender equality.

Professor Barney Glover
Vice-Chancellor and University President

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Employer of Choice Logo of WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Western Sydney University is an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

This citation was awarded by the Federal Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) on 6 November 2015 by WGEA. This marks 11 consecutive years that the University has received the award.

In congratulating award recipients, Agency Director, Libby Lyons said: "2015 WGEA Employer of Choice citation holders are at the frontline of driving positive change as they set the gold standard for inclusive workplaces."

The University Application for the 2015 Award (opens in a new window) (PDF, 1481.37 KB)

Workplace Gender Equality Reporting

Under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, Western Sydney University has an obligation to improve and promote equality for women and men in the workplace.

The University is also required to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annually on a set of standardised reporting matters under six gender equality indicators. The reporting period refers to the 12 months from 1 April to 31 March annually.

The 2015-2016 Public Report (PDF, 197.34 KB) (opens in a new window)  has been lodged with the Workforce Gender Equality Agency.

Comments on the report can be made to  Dr Sev Ozdowski, Director of Equity and Diversity at or to the Workforce Gender Equality Agency.

If you require the Report in another format please phone Equity and Diversity on 9678 7378.

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Equal Pay Day - 8 September 2016

Today, 8 September, the University celebrates Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of gender pay equity issues. As a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador, our aim is to address systemic factors contributing to gender pay gaps in Australia.

Western Sydney University has an ongoing commitment to reducing the pay equity gap. Measures currently in place to improve gender pay equity include:

  • Annual gender pay equity audits;
  • Target of 40% representation of women in management by 2020;
  • Promotion of workplace flexibility;
  • Policies and training in areas such as unconscious bias and structural issues in recruitment and promotion, and talent identification.

This is an important initiative sponsored by the University, and I encourage you to share your ideas about how to address the gender pay gap with your colleagues.

For more information on Equal Pay Day and gender pay equity please visit the Workplace Gender Equality Agency website (Opens in a new window).

Barney Glover
Vice-Chancellor and President

Western Sydney University Equity and Diversity unit celebrates Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day marks the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men.

Using Average Weekly Earnings data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency calculated that the national gender pay gap to be 16.2%, a decrease of 1.7 percentage points over the previous 12-month period.

On average, men working full-time earned $1,613.60 and women earned $1,352.50, a difference of $261.10 per week. For more information see WGEA: Save the date: 8 September is Equal Pay Day (opens in a new window).

The University conducts annual pay equity audits. To find out the gender pay gap at the University and more details go to the Western Sydney University 2015 Gender Pay Analysis (PDF, 214.99 KB) (opens in new window).

On Equal Pay Day 4 September 2015 the Vice-Chancellor was named a Pay Equity Ambassador (opens in a new window) as part of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency's campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of pay equity.

Gender Equality Policy

A draft Gender Equality Policy is being developed. It will be available for consultation soon.

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