UOW was again named among the nation’s most inclusive employers on Thursday 11 June 2020 achieving a Bronze Award for the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).

For the second consecutive year, UOW has been recognised as a Bronze employer for its efforts to support its gender, sex and sexually diverse community. The AWEI is the definitive national benchmarking instrument that measures how LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) inclusive a workplace is. UOW achieving bronze reflects its policies and practices surrounding diversity and inclusion.

The University was also placed in the Top 3 for Regional Head Office Employers.

UOW’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, said the University is committed to gender, sex and sexuality inclusion, for both academic and professional staff, and was thrilled to be involved in the Australian Workplace Equality Index initiative.

“UOW is delighted to have received this recognition and aims to consistently improve its position as a diverse and inclusive organisation through its workforce policies and practices.

“Inclusion is critical to an organisation’s success and crucial for society as a whole, and we are working to ensure that message is conveyed to all staff and students,” Professor Wellings said.

The award highlights positive changes being implemented across the University and the progress being made to date. UOW has implemented policies, strategies and initiatives to best support and include staff and students who identify as gender, sex and sexually diverse.

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