Workplace gender equity

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

Cover of gender equity planThe University's Workforce Gender Equity Plan - Progress to Equity outlines a suite of actions proposed (under the SAGE Athena SWAN action plan and more broadly) to address known gaps and other issues. The plan outlines the University’s actions that underpin a shared commitment to:

  • Foster an inclusive and equitable organisational culture
  • Embed accountability for leaders in gender equity
  • Attract and retain more women in under-represented areas (STEMM)
  • Increase the number of women in senior and leadership positions
  • Support women’s careers through training, leadership and development
  • Close the gender pay gap
  • Maintain a flexible workplace culture

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, the University of Newcastle 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 2020 we were recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the sixth consecutive year.

In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, on 30 July 2020 the University lodged its annual public report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.