UNSW Employer of Choice for Women

UNSW has met tough new selection criteria to be named as an Employer of Choice for Women for the fourth year running.

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The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) has again recognised UNSW for creating a work culture that supports and advances women with an Employer of Choice for Women citation.

This is the fourth year that the University has received the citation. This year six new prerequisites were sought from workplaces including: a minimum of six weeks paid maternity leave after 12 months of service; the ability for female managers to work part-time; a reduction in the pay gap between male and female employees; higher representation of females in management positions; and a commitment by the organisation to fully utilise their female workforce.

EOWA stated that UNSW 'not only met these pre-requisites but also helped raise the bar for what it means to be an Employer of Choice for Women'.

"The University is very proud of this achievement but recognises that there is more to be done to improve the representation of women at UNSW, particularly in senior academic and management positions," says Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer.

"We are committed to enhancing our reputation as an institution that supports and promotes its female staff and much is planned throughout 2008 and beyond to attract, retain and develop more women employees."

EOWA's citation made particular mention of the following UNSW initiatives and programs: