University-wide recognition of the invaluable contribution of women in the work place is at the heart of UTS receiving a citation for the eleventh year in a row as an employer of choice for women.
It's the view of UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne, who says he is proud that UTS has received a citation from the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) every year since the awards commenced.
"The award is acknowledgement that UTS continues to demonstrate it is a workplace that values women and men equally," Professor Milbourne said. "We foster and embody a culture of 'stepping up to the mark' for leading practice in gender equality."
Professor Milbourne himself received an award from EOWA in 2009 as Australia's Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women.
"The new Workplace Gender Equality Act puts an even greater responsibility on our society to recognise that gender is not just about women," he said. "It is significant that the new Act includes men as well as women, especially in relation to caring and family responsibilities.
"Gender equality is about challenging and changing culture and tradition-based assumptions that fail to reflect the realities of how both men and women work and live today."
Organisations are assessed for EOCFW against rigorous application criteria which consider a number of workplace issues including pay equity, women in executive management, flexibility, sex‐based harassment and career-development training.
Professor Milbourne said at UTS women made up 64 per cent of general staff while the proportion of women employed in senior general staff positions was 40 per cent. Women represent 46 per cent of academic staff and constituted 39 per cent of associate professors. The representation of women at professorial positions was 31 per cent in 2010.
"I am specifically committed to improving the representation of women in senior roles," Professor Milbourne said. "I also wish to ensure UTS undertakes regular reviews of pay equity data and to actively work to close any unfair pay gaps between women and men working at UTS."