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Gender equity

UWA is working to advance gender equity, including through addressing systemic, intersectional and unconscious discrimination.

Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Charter is an evaluation and accreditation program aiming to enhance gender equity across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). The Athena SWAN Charter encourages institutions to ensure women academics and researchers from all backgrounds are best positioned to reach their full potential.

UWA is one of the inaugural members of the Australian SAGE Athena SWAN program. Through this membership, UWA is helping to drive cultural change across STEMM.

Taking part in SAGE Athena SWAN is an important part of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2025, which focuses on developing an inclusive and diverse workforce that lives its values, and demonstrates UWA’s commitment to being an employer that is free from bias.

Through the Athena SWAN project, we have highlighted systemic barriers that limit equitable career advancement of women at UWA. Our Action Plan provides a road map to address these barriers and create new opportunities.

UWA's Athena SWAN action plan was awarded Bronze in 2020, recognising our commitment to gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

UWA Panel Pledge

Take the panel pledge to champion gender equity on panels, at conferences and other professional events.

Learn more and sign up to our panel pledge.

Inclusive meeting guidelines

UWA encourages anyone scheduling meetings to be mindful of attendees' working patterns, including caring for relatives, school drop-offs, and flexible working arrangements.

• Inclusive meeting guidelines [coming soon]

Workplace Gender Equality Agency reporting

In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), UWA has lodged its annual public report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (Agency).

UWA staff may comment on the report by emailing the Director of Human Resources, the PVC (DEI), or Workforce Diversity, or by contacting the Workplace Gender Equality Agency directly.

2023-2024 Workforce Management Statistics – public report [PDF 313KB]

2023-2024 Workplace Profile – public report [PDF 205KB]

2023-2024 Questionnaire – public report [PDF 290KB]

In February 2024, WGEA published the median Gender Pay Gaps for all organisations with over 100 employees. This information is available to the public on the WGEA Data explorer

UWA has provided a statement with a further commitment to conducting a more thorough Gender Pay analysis. 

2022–2023 UWA Gender Pay Gap - Employer Statement [PDF 2.5MB]

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