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Gender equality

Prioritising gender equality at USQ

At USQ, our continued success as a University depends on our people.  We are committed to providing equal opportunity and a rewarding workplace for all employees.   Promoting and improving gender equality and outcomes for both women and men in the workplace is a key priority.

Our corporate strategies, plans and initiatives aim to promote USQ as an employer of choice for employees from diverse backgrounds and create an inclusive environment in which all individuals are supported and respected.  This includes women, in recognition of their historically disadvantaged position in the workplace.

For many, a career is about growth and progression; for others, it's about flexibility and balance.  We understand and appreciate the benefits of equality and ensuring a workforce that reflects the diversity of the students and communities that we serve.  We have targeted programs and initiatives, including a wide range of flexible working arrangements, to achieve our goals and to attract and retain talented men and women.

We also understand that advancing gender pay equity requires a pro-active and deliberate effort and have an ongoing long term commitment to reducing the gender pay gap. 

Leadership commitment to gender equality

Throughout many years, USQ has laid a strong foundation for leading the recognition of gender equality and pay equity as a priority within the  University's overall strategy.

The Vice-Chancellor continues to champion that philosophy and has embedded these principles into day to day University operations. The Vice-Chancellor's leadership statement on gender equality formalises this commitment.  

Workplace Gender Equality Agency 'Employer of Choice'

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) recognises institutions who have elevated gender equality as a business imperative through their Employer of Choice Citation. In recognition of USQ's ongoing commitment to workplace gender equality, the University has again been awarded the  WGEA citation for 2017.  This marks the University's second consecutive year of being awarded the citation.

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USQ also annually reports to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on its outcomes against a range of gender equality indicators, and its initiatives aimed at developing, supporting and improving the representation of, women at USQ.