Workplace gender equity


UON is committed to an equitable workplace, to building capacity for female staff and working towards equal representation across the organisation.

UON will:

  • create an inclusive and equitable organisational culture
  • embed accountability for leaders in gender equity
  • attract and retain more women in underrepresented areas
  • increase the number of women in senior and leadership positions
  • support women's careers through training, leadership and development
  • maintain a flexible workplace culture
  • close the gender pay gap

In line with the NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025, we are building the capacity of our female staff and working towards equal representation of men and women across all levels of the organisation. By 2020, UON aims to be in the top five of Australian universities for female staff in senior leadership roles.

We are already making some great progress in building the capacity of women at UON with an increase in female senior managers and female academic staff and a steady decrease in the pay gap. Focus will also be given to flexible working arrangement and other initiative aimed at supporting men and women including those with family or caring responsibilities.

Faculty Gender Equity Plans

Institutional gender equity objectives and strategies are supported through Faculty Gender Equity Plans and committees. In alignment with institutional goals, faculty gender equity committees will operationalise strategies and report on progress at regular intervals.

SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN

To further support our commitment to gender equity, UON is participating in the first tranche of the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia. This Pilot (which commenced in January 2016) includes an extensive data extraction and analysis phase from which we will identify areas for opportunities and develop a four year action plan to improve gender equity for STEM and non STEM areas.

Workplace Gender Equality Act

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation is a leading practice recognition program that aims to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

In February 2018 we were recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the fourth consecutive year.

In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, on 31 July 2018 UON lodged its annual public report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.