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Gender equity at USQ

The University of Southern Queensland is committed to providing equal opportunity and an inclusive work environment for our people and is undertaking a number of programs and initiatives aimed at progressing and improving gender equity outcomes.

Our initiatives

The University engages in a number of external accreditation programs which aim to develop and advance the careers of women.   We are proud to have recently received the Bronze Award under the Athena SWAN Charter - an initiative which will help drive positive and lasting change in progressing gender equity at the University.  The Charter recognises excellence in employment practices that advance and promote the careers of women and gender minorities in STEMM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medical). 

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena Swan Action Plan

With a four-year action plan in place, the University is embedding a range of organisational wide programs and initiatives including strategic human resource priorities.  The SAGE Athena Swan Action Plan will be bought to life through formal committee structures within our Research and Innovation and Academic Divisions and the active engagement and participation of key stakeholders across the University.  Some of the key priorities for the coming year include:

  • Establishment of key positions that support the advancement of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines at the University.
  • Increased transparency and accessibility of data that enables awareness and access to information about gender equity initiatives within the University.
  • Enabling inclusive workplaces, specifically for women in STEMM, with a focus on inclusive language and removal of systemic barriers in policies, procedures, strategies and processes.
  • Development of cascading key performance indicators to drive values aligned behaviour and expectations for senior leaders.
  • Comprehensive gender pay gap analysis to ensure equity across the workforce.
  • Engaging with the workforce in a partnering approach to understand needs and provide appropriate supports.
  • Development and implementation of a comprehensive academic promotion support program.
  • Upskilling of leaders to create inclusive workplaces that support gender equality.
  • Recognising women in STEMM through a University-wide Research Excellence Award scheme.