Gender equity

We have a responsibility to ensure girls and young women have female role models at all levels in their fields.

By building capacity for female staff and working towards equal representation across our organisation we are showing students they can be what they see.

Video: International Women's Day 2020

Progress to Equity Plan

We are proud to be at the forefront of gender equity in the workplace but there is more we can and must do. Our Progress to Equity Plan focuses our efforts in the following areas:

  • Attract and retain more women in 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
  • Foster an inclusive and equitable organisational culture
  • Embed accountability for leaders in gender equity
  • Maintain a flexible workplace culture

We are an Employer of Choice

WGEA employer of choice accreditationIn February 2020 we received an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality accreditation which the University has held now for 10 years in total.

The WGEA citation recognises progress in areas such as leadership, flexible working, preventing harassment and discrimination, and setting targets for improving gender equality outcomes.

In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, on 11 August 2021 the University lodged its annual public report () PDF, 579.17 KB with WGEA.

We are a SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Institution

Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation

Our University is proud of the many outstanding women achieving research excellence in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

In December 2018 we were among the first Australian universities to receive the Bronze Award under the Athena SWAN charter. We are working hard to improve gender equity and diversity across the STEMM disciplines.

Preserving gender equity during and after COVID-19

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.