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Curtin’s inclusive culture continues to be recognised

Media release

Curtin University’s commitment to gender equality has been acknowledged with the University named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) for the second year in a row.

Curtin is one of only 87 organisations in Australia, and the only University in Western Australia, to be awarded the Citation by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

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 EEOCGE 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 practise,” Professor Terry said.

“This ongoing commitment has resulted in increased participation by women in academic and professional roles across the University and we are now focusing on achieving gender equality at senior levels of the organisation.

“We have included KPIs for Women at senior classification levels and for Women in Management in our Strategic Plan. These KPIs are translated into the performance KPIs for all Executive Managers via our Executive Performance Management System.

This ultimately benefits the University, as we are able to attract, reward and retain staff who can make a valuable contribution to our organisation, “Professor Terry said.

“Receiving this citation celebrates and confirms the inclusive culture of the University.”

The University was also awarded the EOCGE in 2014 and has held WGEA’s predecessor citation, the Employer of Choice for Women citation, since 2002.

The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, reflecting the 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.