I recently signed up as a Pay Equity Ambassador with the Worklplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), joining leaders from a range of organisations who understand, as I do, that achieving gender pay equity is not only the right thing to do, but is also good for business .
Providing an inclusive and respectful environment for work and study, where difference is embraced and all are valued for their contributions, aligns strongly with the University’s Mission and values. This means that working to achieve gender equality is a priority at ACU.
Over 70% of ACU’s students are women, and they see women represented at all levels of the University, including within senior leadership in significant numbers. It’s important that the value women leaders at ACU add to the University continues to contribute to our success.
Actions that cascade from ACU’s Gender Equality Strategy build on our strong gender equality foundations. The University conducts yearly pay reviews at each position level. Benchmark reviews of senior staff salaries have resulted in corrective action being taken to ensure there is pay equity.
The University reviews and, where required, makes adjustments to employment provisions that support women and men to reach their potential, including options to work flexibly, support for working parents and monitoring access to career development opportunities.
Consideration of further options for providing career breaks that support staff to manage their career and family responsibilities are in progress.
In my role as Pay Equity Ambassador I have committed to ensuring that the University conducts a gender pay gap analysis annually, and acts on its outcome.
I strongly encourage my peers in other organisations to consider joining me in signing the pay equity pledge and publicly committing to achieving gender pay equity.