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Gender equity

USC is committed to the principles of equity, fairness and inclusivity, and actively promotes an environment in which the diversity of its staff, students and wider community members are valued and where people can reach their full potential, regardless of gender.

SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN 

Athena SWAN member

USC is a proud recipient of the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Award, granted as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative which aims to address and improve gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

Attaining an award is recognition of our ongoing commitment to improving gender equity and ensuring that women from diverse backgrounds, as well as underrepresented groups, are best positioned to reach their full potential.

Workplace flexibility

USC is committed to creating a supportive working environment and have a range of guidelines, policies and procedures in place to ensure that staff of all genders feel supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Arrangements that may support a healthy work-life balance include flexible work hours, purchase of additional leave credits, working from home, and a variety of leave options including parental and carer’s leave.

Current staff can find more information about workplace flexibility on MyUSC.

Workplace Gender Equality

USC is passionate about improving and promoting equality and outcomes for both women and men in the workplace. We report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency every year, as required under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. For more information, read USC’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency Public Report 2020-2021 or contact Human Resources.

Domestic and Family Violence support

USC is committed to supporting staff and students who experience domestic and family violence.

Staff experiencing domestic or family-related violence can access:

  • Paid leave to attend related matters
  • Workplace flexibility arrangements
  • Personal support via our Employee Assistance Program

Further information for current staff is available on MyUSC.

Students can access free on-campus support and information from USC’s qualified counsellors located in Student Wellbeing.

For immediate assistance, contact the Domestic Violence Hotline Queensland Tel: 1800 811 811. This line is available 24/7 and is staffed by qualified counsellors.

USC is a supporter of the Respect. Now. Always and White Ribbon campaigns.