ACU's long-standing commitment to gender equality recognised
A message from the Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven.
ACU has been recognised as a leader in workplace gender equality for the seventh consecutive year.
The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
The citation is a great acknowledgement of the progress ACU is making to improve gender equality in the workplace, cementing ACU’s reputation as an equal opportunity employer. To again receive this recognition is an extremely satisfying result and reflects the progress of our Gender Equality Strategy (GES) 2015 – 2020. I am proud that ACU has once again been recognised as a leader of gender equality in the sector.
The commitments outlined in our GES are good for our people, our business, and our community. ACU continues to progress the achievements of our GES by:
Improving gender balance across the organisation and in leadership roles – 64 per cent of our managers are women and ACU’s peak governing body has achieved gender parity.
Committing to flexible work practices.
Addressing the issue of pay equity by committing to an annual pay gap analysis and acting to correct pay inequities – I also support this important issue through my role as a Pay Equity Ambassador.
Increasing our leave provisions to 10-days paid leave for staff experiencing domestic violence creating awareness and breaking down the stigma around this important issue.
ACU has a long-standing commitment to gender equality as part of our mission and values and a key GES goal is to support staff through all work transitions. ACU’s flexible working policy and practices have been in existence for well over 10 years. I am proud to say that ACU was at the forefront of supporting working parents through the introduction of generous paid parental leave provisions for women in 2001 which were later extended to women and men primary carers in 2011.
On 8 March we will come together for International Women’s Day to celebrate the success of the University’s notable women Alumni. This provides an opportunity to hear about the women making a difference, bettering the balance, and for us to stop and consider the work still required to achieve gender equality across all communities.