Gender Equality

VC Statement on Gender Equality

Professor Barney GloverGender equality is about fundamental human rights and is integral to our commitment to be a world class university recognised for world class education and research.
The University has a proud track record on advancing gender equality. My predecessor, Emeritus Professor Janice Reid AM and the senior executive worked for many years to increase the representation of women in leadership positions, to reduce the gender pay gap and to promote workplace flexibility.
There are a range of supporting strategies and policies in place in the Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan, the Our People 2015 Staffing Strategy, the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policy and the Enterprise Agreements.
Currently over 50% of our staff and students are women, 41% of all managers are women and we have one of the highest rates of women professors (41%) in the sector.
I want to build further upon this impressive foundation. If we are to be leaders in excellence in teaching, innovation and research it is critical that we utilise the skills and capacities of all our staff.
To guide this process I established the Gender Equality Committee to assist in implementing the University 's Gender Equality Strategy 2015-2020 (PDF, 51.95 KB) (opens in a new window). The Strategy addresses how to better support those areas of the organisation that have traditionally struggled to recruit, retain and advance female staff, as well as strategies to facilitate a deeper understanding and commitment to gender equity across the entire organisation.
To progress gender equality further we must challenge the beliefs and attitudes that are undermining progress.
To progress gender equality I want to renew the focus on workplace flexibility. We have the policies and procedures in place. It is time to commence a dialogue on how to better implement flexibility in practise at all levels of the university.
I want us to challenge the status quo, to be innovative and creative in how we overcome the barriers that women face, particularly in the STEM disciplines and related non-traditional occupations.
I want to continue the University's proud reputation as a sector leader in gender equality.

Professor Barney Glover
Vice Chancellor and University President

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Employer of Choice Logo of WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Western Sydney University is an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

This citation was awarded by the Federal Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA on 6 November 2015 by WGEA. This marks 11 consecutive years the University has received the award.

In congratulating award recipients, Agency Director, Libby Lyons said: "2015 WGEA Employer of Choice citation holders are at the frontline of driving positive change as they set the gold standard for inclusive workplaces."

The University Application for the 2015 Award (opens in a new window) (PDF, 1481.37 KB)

Workplace Gender Equality Reporting

Under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, Western Sydney University has an obligation to improve and promote equality for women and men in the workplace.

The University is also required to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annually on a set of standardised reporting matters under six gender equality indicators. The reporting period refers to the 12 months from 1 April to 31 March annually.

The  2014-2015 Public Report (opens in a new window) (PDF, 141.94 KB) has been lodged with the Workforce Gender Equality Agency.

Comments on the report can be made to  Dr Sev Ozdowski, Director of Equity and Diversity at or to the Workforce Gender Equality Agency.

If you require the Report in another format please phone Equity and Diversity on 9678 7378.

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International Women's Day 2016

International Women's Day (IWD) (Opens in a new window) is celebrated every year around the world on 8 March.

Western Sydney celebrates IWD 2016

IWD Speakers 

It was a full house for the University's Annual International Women's Day Staff Breakfast on March 7.

The 2016 theme for International Women's Day  Pledge for Parity was taken up by the Vice Chancellor in his opening address. Professor Glover spoke of the need to keep a strong focus on gender equality and women's rights.  He outlined the University's Gender Equality Strategy and urged staff to think about the concrete actions that they could take to help achieve gender parity more quickly. 

This was followed by an engaging presentation on Using Gender Equality to Drive Innovation and Success by guest speakers Rodin Genoff and Narelle Hooper, authors of the recently released and highly acclaimed "New Women, New Men, New Economy.

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