ACU passes the gender test

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Tuesday 8th March, 2011: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is one of 98 organisations to have achieved EOWA Employer of Choice for Women status for 2011.

Awarded by the Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, ACU was recognised for its policies and practices that support and encourage women, achieving positive outcomes for both women and the University.

Particular highlights included women being represented at all levels of the University including senior management roles; flexible work policies in place to support family life; research awards for female academics following a period of parental leave; 70 per cent of Certificate IV in Business – Frontline Management Scholarships awarded to women; and sponsorship of the 2010 Australian Regional Women Leaders Convention.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said that since the EOWA application was made, the University has further enhanced parental leave provisions - allowing parents of either gender to be primary carer and receive generous parental leave benefits.

“We will continue to strive towards gender equity in the workplace through ongoing review of our workforce profile, policies and practices and aim to achieve the Employer of Choice status on an ongoing basis,” he said.

EOWA Acting Director, Mairi Steele said bolstering gender equality in workplaces was not just a social justice issue.

“These organisations represent smart business management... they are positioning themselves to attract and retain the best female talent in what is still a highly competitive market for skilled employees,” she said. “Women now represent just over 50 per cent of university graduates and are a huge proportion of the talent pool.”

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