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Curtin named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Media release

Curtin University’s commitment to gender equality has been recognised with the University named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.

Curtin is one of only 76 organisations in Australia awarded the title by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

The University has held WGEA’s predecessor citation, the Employer of Choice for Women citation, since 2002.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the announcement recognises the University’s continued focus and commitment to achieving gender equality in the workplace.

“The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation addresses the structural and cultural barriers that prevent women and men from equally participating at all levels of an organisation. And we are delighted that Curtin has been recognised for our sustained effort to embed equal employment opportunities in policy and practice,” Professor Terry said.

“Changes made to the University’s Academic Promotions policy to recognise non-linear and interrupted careers and academic achievement has benefited all staff by allowing for more diversity in career and life choices. This ultimately benefits the University, as we are able to attract, reward and retain staff who can make a valuable contribution to our organisation.

“Receiving this citation celebrates and confirms the inclusive culture of the University,” Professor Terry said.

WGEA Director Helen Conway said holders of the 2014 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation can be distinguished by their commitment to ‘doing’ rather than simply ‘talking’.

“They are driving the lasting cultural and organisational change that is essential for any organisation committed to maximising the potential of women and men,” Ms Conway said.

The new Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, reflecting the change in focus of legislation to promote and improve gender equality for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace.