ACU supporting women and men to reach their potential

Published: Wednesday 14th December 2016

This month ACU was recognised for the fifth successive year and awarded an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

ACU remained in the group of 106 employers, including 13 universities, to receive the prestigious award from the Australian Government, despite more rigorous criteria in 2016.

ACU was recognised as a gender equality leader due to its employment initiatives such as the Transition to Retirement Program, which has been featured by WGEA as a leading practice on its website.

This ground-breaking program provides the opportunity for staff over fifty years of age to reduce their workload and fraction for up to five years prior to retirement, and retain full time superannuation benefits.

Other ways ACU is actively supporting gender equality include maintaining high levels of women’s participation at all levels of the workforce, providing generous parental leave provisions to women and men, and providing a range of flexible working options to allow staff to manage their work and personal commitments.

“WGEA data shows there is progress towards gender equality in Australian workplaces, but it is too slow,” Director of WGEA, Libby Lyons, said.

“It is only through more employers adopting leading practices to promote gender equality in the workplace that we will see the pace of change pick up,” Ms Lyons said.

ACU will continue to implement the Gender Equality Strategy 2015-2020 which aims to leverage the benefits of diversity, and provide opportunities for women and men to reach their potential.