Strategies and support programs
At USQ we seek to ensure that all staff are able to contribute to their full potential - informed equity, diversity and inclusion strategy is vital in achieving this goal. The 2014 - 2017 Employment Equity and Diversity Strategy (PDF* 549kb) is a key document that outlines the University's approach to enhance inclusion and opportunity and address and redress barriers to employment.
Diversity and inclusion support programs
USQ has developed a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs which assist in supporting our diversity groups, including but not limited to the following.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment
USQ is fully committed to increasing the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed at the University.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy seeks to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to both academic and professional positions across all facets of the University through a range of initiatives.
USQ recognises that gender equality and supporting workplace flexibility are critical aspects of any organisation's success. USQ is actively committed to remaining an advocate and supporter of gender equality, and has identified gender equality as a core priority for the organisation. As part of working towards this goal, a number of activities and initiatives to support equal employment and gender equity have been put in place.
Employees with a disability
The University of Southern Queensland strongly supports the continued inclusion of employees with a disability in all aspects of the University community and provides a range of information to assist employees and supervisors.
The USQ Ally Network aims to provide a safe-zone and visible support network for employees and students who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ). The program is a collaboration between Human Resources and Student Services.
Employees with parenting, family or caring responsibilities
At USQ we are committed to supporting employees accessing leave provisions and flexible working arrangements for both birth parents and their partners, along with providing support to adoptive and foster parents.
Employees considering transitioning to retirement
Every employee's journey to retirement is personal and unique. USQ provides information and resources to help you make the most of your transition to retirement.
USQ proudly supports, values and respects a wide variety of cultural identities, languages, and beliefs through its commitment to multiculturalism.
Other programs and initiatives
A number of other diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives are available and include the following:
Domestic and Family Violence Support
The University acknowledges that employees may face situations in their personal life in which they are subject to domestic or family violence and that this may impact considerably on their attendance at work and ability to undertake and perform work activities. USQ is committed to supporting employees experiencing domestic or family violence to continue to participate in the workplace and maintain their employment by providing a wide range of support mechanisms.
Equity and diversity e-induction modules
Upon commencement, and then annually thereafter, all employees are required to complete USQ's e-learning Equity and Diversity module.
Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion
Each year, the University calls for nominations for the Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion which recognise commitment to diversity and inclusion at USQ.