News & Events

21 May 2019

Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces: Upcoming Workshops for Staff

The Office of Equity and Diversity are delivering a series of workshops for staff with a focus on sexual harassment, disability and accessibility, recognising and addressing bullying in the workplace, sexuality and gender diversity, anti-racism and unconscious bias.  All managers and staff are encouraged to attend.  You can find out more about these workshops in the Diverse and Inclusive Workshop brochure, or by emailing Suzanne Fawcus.

26 February 2019

WSU recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has released its list of citation's for the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for 2018-19. In congratulating award recipients, Agency Director, Libby Lyons stated “Each year, I am delighted to see the innovative approaches taken by our citation holders in implementing actions and programmes that we know drives change. I congratulate all of our 2018-19 EOCGE citation holders for being such important agents for change. They are leading the way forward for other Australian employers to follow." View WGEA media release.

The Vice Chancellor welcomed the citation stating "I am delighted to announce that as a result of the University’s commitment to providing an inclusive and fair workplace culture, we have once again been awarded the citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency...We will continue to strive to be innovative and creative in our approach to overcoming the barriers that women, and individuals of all genders and orientations, continue to face." View full media release here.

This is the 14th consecutive year Western Sydney University has received this award.

For more information on gender equality at Western Sydney University visit our gender equality page.

12 February  2019

International Women's Day Staff Breakfast - 8 March 2019

Our annual International Women’s Day Staff Breakfast will be held on Friday 8 March, and provides an opportunity for staff to celebrate the achievements of women in our community and to share ideas on promoting greater gender equality.

This year our keynote speakers will be Professor Kerry Robinson from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and Associate Professor Susanne Gannon from the School of Education. Professor Robinson and Associate Professor Gannon were the recent recipients of a 2019 ARC grant for their research project Gender Matters: Changing gender equity policies and practices.   Their presentation ‘Gender Matters: Changing Times, Policies and Practices’ will draw on their current ARC research focus, looking at the different ways gender has been approached and understood in Australian education.  It will also consider how we might refresh and refocus our understandings of gender for the present.

The breakfast will commence at 8.00am, concluding at 9.30am and be held in the Janice Reid Pavillion EEa, Parramatta South Campus.  Registrations have now closed for this event. to register for the wait list, or for more information contact Katie Hayes at

To find out more about other events happening on the day visit our International Women's Day webpage.

11 February 2019

Registrations open - Gender UNLIMITED* #3: Engaging Communities  - 28 February 2019

Please join us on Thursday 28th February 2019 for the latest seminar in our Gender UNLIMITED* series, “Engaging Communities”. Run by Western Sydney University’s SAGE team, the Gender UNLIMITED* series draws together a network of participants and speakers from across the Sydney region to ask: How can we start to make real progress towards overcoming the challenges to gender equality?

This third seminar in the series explores strategies and opportunities to engage diverse communities in the push for gender equality on our campuses, in our workplaces, and within local communities themselves. The seminar engages with industry and community leaders who have each played important roles in engaging diverse communities over several decades. Our keynote presentation will be delivered by Professor Nareen Young, Industry professor, Indigenous Workforce Diversity at UTS and former CEO of Diversity Council Australia. The Panel Discussion is chaired by Professor Sev Ozdowski AM, Director, Equity and Diversity at Western Sydney University. Panelists include Samantha Webster (Pride in Diversity), Amanda Rose and Maria Kovacic (Western Sydney Women) and B-Ann Echevarria (NSW Refugee Health Service). Morning tea is included.

For more information or to register for this event visit SAGE or contact Kieryn McKay.

6 February 2019

WSU to partner in development of Respectful Relationships training program

As part of our commitment to prevent sexual assault and harassment, and to promote positive relationships, Western Sydney University has agreed to participate in the development of a respectful relationships education program to be implemented across the Australian University sector. Western is one of four Australian universities to contribute to the first-of-its-kind education program and online training module specifically tailored for Australian university students.

The initiative involves Universities Australia (UA), in partnership with lead violence prevention organisation Our Watch, and the Victorian Government’s Office for Women. Together with La Trobe University, Monash University, and Southern Cross University, we will work with UA and Our Watch to develop the online education module, drawing on the best-available evidence and expertise from online learning and violence prevention experts. The program will be trialled with students over the next 18 months.

This online education module is part of the wider program, the Respect and Equality Program (REP) to promote gender equality in our universities. The REP will also include developing workplace standards for the university sector, and creating training packages, resources and toolkits for students, staff, senior leadership of universities and the broader community.

Through the Respect.Now.Always. campaign, the University has implemented a number of initiatives and strategies to affirm that sexual assault and harassment is not tolerated at this University. For further information about these initiatives visit:

13 November 2018

Australia's latest Gender Equality scorecard released

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has launched its annual report on Australia's workforce gender equality data with the release of the 2017-18 Australia's Gender Equality Scorecard.

In the fourth year that data has been collected, the WGEA ‘Scorecard’ provides a comprehensive snapshot of Australia’s workplace gender equality performance. The report highlights areas which have improved, as well as those that still require attention.

Highlights include:

  • The number of organisations analysing their pay gaps has risen by almost 11% in the last 12 months.
  • There has been a small reduction in Australia’s overall gender pay gap, from 17.7% to 17.3%, however women continue to be under-represented in senior management roles.

To view the data in more detail visit the WGEA Data Explorer.

October 2018

WSU 2018 Application for Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Western Sydney University has submitted its application for the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.  If successful this will mark the 14th consecutive year the University has been awarded the citation. Successful applicants will be announced in February next year.  You can find out more about our previous applications on our Gender Equality page.

20 September 2018

Gender UNLIMITED Seminar Series Launch

On 20 September the Gender UNLIMITED* seminar series, hosted by SAGE at Western Sydney University, was officially launched at our Parramatta City Campus. Gender UNLIMITED* draws together a network of participants and speakers from across the Sydney region to examine the persistent challenges to gender equality on our campuses, in our workplaces and within our communities. The series asks: How can we start to make real progress towards overcoming the challenges to gender equality? Are we doing enough? The launch was officiated by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick.

This first seminar addressed “Gender, Equality, and Violence” and featured a keynote presentation from Ms Libby Loyd AM, past President of UN Women Australia, Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children, and Chair of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group. This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), and including Mr Scott Holmes (Our Watch), Mr Ronan Smyth (White Ribbon Australia) and Associate Professor Kate Huppatz (Sociology, WSU). The keynote and launch was followed by a special seminar with Mr Scott Holmes of Our Watch and Associate Professor Michael Salter (Criminology, WSU) which delved into detailed strategies for how to prevent gendered violence in the workplace.

For further information please contact Dr Kieryn McKay -

31 August 2018

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day marks the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work in order to earn the same average income as men. This year Equal Pay Day will fall on Friday 31 August.

Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, states "The gender pay gap is a symptom of a broader issue. It reflects the fact that women’s work is traditionally undervalued and women are often paid less than men. Average full-time salaries are lower for women than men in every occupation and industry in Australia. Women are under-represented in senior executive and management roles and female-dominated occupations and industries attract lower pay than male-dominated ones."

Our Vice-Chancellor stated, in an email to all staff "This year the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) reported a drop in the average national gender pay gap to 14.6% - a 20 year low. Whilst it is pleasing to see the gap narrow, even slightly, there is still much to be done. Our University continues to address the systemic factors contributing to the gender pay gap, and develop strategies to assist in overcoming the barriers which impede gender equality in the workplace"

Find out more about Equal Pay Day at Workplace Gender Equality Agency website.

15 August 2018

Superstars of STEM - Applications now open

The Superstars of STEM program aims to 'smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM'.  Science and Technology Australia (STA) started Superstars of STEM to create a critical mass of celebrity Australian female scientists and technologists - role models for young women and girls – and to work towards equal representation in the media of women and men working in all fields in STEM. In the previous round Western Sydney University had two staff recognised - Dr Kate Umbers and Dr Siobhan Schabrun.  The program runs over a 2 year period and provides training and support for the nation's most dynamic scientists and technologists. Applications for the current round are now open.

If you are thinking of applying and would like some guidance you can contact

To find out more visit Superstars of STEM.

26 July 2018

Senior Women's Group Conference

The Senior Women's Group was established in 2016 and is coordinated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Academic, and the Executive Director of Human Resources. On the 26th of July, the Group hosted it's inaugural Senior Women’s Group Conference at Parramatta City Campus. Over 100 staff registered to attend the 'Women in Leadership' event, with presentations focusing on creating a presence, positioning yourself as a leader and leadership at Western.

August 2017

Australian Human Rights Commission National Survey Results Available

Respect. Now. Always. is an initiative launched by Universities Australia to ensure that university campuses are places of safety and respect for all students and staff.  The Respect. Now. Always campaign (opens in new window)Opens in a new window is about raising awareness in the university community that sexual assault and sexual harassment are completely unacceptable.

The University's results from the National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, are now available on the Respect.Now.Always website.

Respect.Now.Always Overview

Western Sydney University has joined together with other Australian universities to support a new national campaign to prevent sexual assault and harassment. Respect. Now. Always. (Opens in a new window) is an initiative launched by Universities Australia to ensure that university campuses are places of safety and respect for all students and staff. Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and Universities Australia Chair, Professor Barney Glover, says the campaign is about raising awareness in the university community that sexual assault and harassment are completely unacceptable.

Working with partners including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre and The Hunting Ground Australia Project Team, the sector has also begun collaborative work to:

  • Seek more comprehensive data on Australian sexual assault and harassment in universities through a national survey;
  • Participate in a review and update of policies and procedures at universities to prevent sexual assault and harassment; and
  • Share global best practice models for reporting incidents and supporting students who disclose sexual assault or harassment.

For more information:

March 2017

WSU Gender Equality Policy 

The University is committed to improving and promoting gender equality in the workplace. Achieving gender equality enables our University to attract, motivate and retain a diverse and high performance workforce, improve productivity, innovation and creativity, and build social inclusion.

Our University has recently published our comprehensive Gender Equality Policy. This policy applies to all employees, officers, and members of University committees, and aligns with our Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan. Staff are encouraged to review the policy in full, including the associated guidelines via the Policy DDS.

March 2017

A Conversation in Gender Equality

In the second half of 2016, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins travelled to every state and territory to learn about Australia's progress towards gender equality. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has recently released a paper on the key focus area's which came out of the Commissioner's observations and discussions including violence against women, women's economic security and women's voice and diversity in decision making. The full paper can be downloaded from the AHRC website - A Conversation in Gender Equality.(Opens in a new window)

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