Professor Thomas said the acknowledgement was testimony to the University’s inclusive culture, and recognised its continued focus and commitment to achieving gender equality in the workplace.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) awarded the Citation after a rigorous assessment of USQ’s initiatives and practices which support workplace gender equality.
USQ is one of only 15 universities in Australia to be awarded the title this year. This was USQ’s first year applying for the Employer of Choice Citation, which is a leading best practice program that aims to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Criteria for the citation included leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the acknowledgement was testimony to the University’s inclusive culture, and recognised its continued focus and commitment to achieving gender equality in the workplace.
“I am proud to have led an organisation that champions diversity in its workforce, especially talented and creative women, and celebrates the unique and invaluable perspectives that this diversity brings,” Professor Thomas said.
WGEA Director Libby Lyons said whilst there was progress being made towards gender equality in Australian workplaces, it was only through more employers adopting leading practices to promote gender quality that the pace of change would increase.
Professor Thomas said USQ remains committed to making sure that every person, regardless of gender, race, age, religion, sexuality, disability or other characteristics, is able to fulfil their potential and fully contribute to the University’s vision and purpose.
“I am very proud of what USQ has achieved in this area and this Citation now publicly affirms our proactive and deliberate efforts in championing equality in our workforce,” she said.
As a Citation holder, the University will have the use of the distinctive WGEA Employer of Choice logo in all its employment and recruitment activities, allowing USQ a significant advantage in the competitive jobs market and showcasing its commitment to diversity.
Learn more about USQ’s commitment to gender equality at www.usq.edu.au/hr/equitydiversity/eopolproc/genderequality.