The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) explains that gender equality in the workplace is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of their gender.

Although there has been some improvement, gender inequality is still a real and prevalent issue in Australian workplaces. WGEA identifies the main areas of this inequality as being:

  • Women earning less than men in the same position.
  • Women less likely to advance their careers as far as men.
  • Women more likely to spend their final years in poverty.
  • Men have more difficulty accessing family-friendly policies, or flexible work arrangements than women.
  • Gender stereotypes.

These inequalities exist due to a number of cultural and structural barriers evident in our society, which can be reflected in the workplace. In order to create gender equity in the workplace, gender stereotypes must be dismantled and access to resources must be made equal to both genders. Structures must be developed to reduce inequalities in career opportunities, and growth, between genders.

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The University of Queensland is committed to improving gender equity in the workplace. Based on guidelines provided by WGEA, the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN and the University of Queensland Strategic Plan 2014-2017, the University is striving to achieve a number of aspects of workplace equality. These involve:

  • Increased proportion of women in senior positions.
  • Increased support of career progression of women in research.
  • Provide equal remuneration for women and men for work of equal or comparable value.
  • Remove barriers that prevent women from participating equally in the workplace.
  • Provide more access to resources for women to achieve leadership roles.
  • Elimination of assumptions of caring responsibilities of men and women.
  • Change workplace culture to embrace gender equality as a normative practice.
  • Assist in making transition from parental leave to return to work as smooth as possible.

In order to achieve these objectives of gender equity a number of resources, programs, policies and training are available at The University of Queensland. If you have any questions or would like any further information about this, please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion