Western Wins Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Gender Equality

Western Sydney University has once again been recognised for its longstanding efforts in gender equality in the workplace.

Western met the stringent criteria to join a list of 90 organisations, nationwide, to receive the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, awarded by the Federal Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

This marks 11 consecutive years the University has received the award.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency Director Libby Lyons congratulates all of the 2015 citation holders for their initiative and commitment.

"These employers are at the frontline of driving change as they set the gold standard for inclusive workplaces," says Ms Lyons.

Western continues to address gender equality gaps in the workplace and has a set target of 40 per cent representation of women at all levels of management.

In 2015:
* 61 per cent of the University's workforce are women;
* 48 per cent of academic staff are women; and
* 43 per cent of manager positions are held by women.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, says equity, diversity and inclusion underpin the culture at Western and drive our productivity, innovation and creativity.

"The University has well established parental leave, return-to-work assistance and flexible working arrangements to support both men and women," says Professor Glover.

"Having made great progress in creating a fair, flexible and equitable workplace the University continues, like most institutions around the world, to under-utilise the talents of women particularly at senior levels and in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEM) disciplines."

To address this issue the University has joined the Australian-wide pilot program with the Australian Academy of Sciences to improve the promotion and retention of women in STEM disciplines.

These initiatives combined with the existing suite of policies and programs, including the increased promotion of flexible work for men and women place Western at the forefront of gender equality in the workforce today.

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5 November 2015

Media Contact: Tanya Patterson

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