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.
Organisational and leadership commitment to gender equality
The University's former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas, laid the original foundation for leading the recognition of gender equality and pay equity as a priority within USQ's overall strategy.
USQ and its leadership team continues that initial work and has embedded these principles into day to day University operations. The University'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 the initiatives and practices put in place at USQ, the University was awarded a WGEA citation in 2016.
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.