We promote gender equity through a range of collaborative programs and activities across the University designed to enable women and people of all genders to thrive and succeed.

We are committed to enabling people to access and enjoy the same career success, rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender.

Gender Equity Action Plan 2021-2025

The Gender Equity Action Plan 2021-2025 is currently in development in line with the Victorian Gender Equality Act 2020. The Plan will guide the program of activities that enable people of all genders to thrive and succeed at Victoria University.

Implementation of the Plan will be overseen by the Gender Equity Governance Group, comprised of senior leaders and endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor.

This will build upon the Gender Equity Strategy 2017-2020.

Employer of choice

Victoria University is a proud recipient of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.

The citation is a leading practice recognition program that aims to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Inclusive leadership & senior roles

Front-line and middle managers participate in a module on Inclusive leadership as part of their professional development as managers.

The module includes understanding the value of diversity and inclusion, and reinforces the University’s commitment to promoting.

Senior Women's Shadowing Program

Front-line and middle managers participate in a module on Inclusive leadership as part of their professional development as managers.

The module includes understanding the value of diversity and inclusion, and reinforces the University’s commitment to promoting.

Professional female staff mentoring program

VU's Professional female staff mentoring program pairs professional female staff with mentors to facilitate cross-University networking and provide opportunities for mentees to reflect on their capabilities, skills and career development.

Promotions and support for academics

Academic promotions

Academic promotion information sessions for women coincide with application rounds and provide insight into promotion processes, and planning and writing a successful application.

The sessions are designed to enable women to plan for promotion and showcase their achievements.

Research support after parental or carer’s leave

Researchers who return from parental or carer's leave can apply for an Out-of-Cycle Research Fellowship and Bridging Support under the VU Research Fellowship Scheme.

Out-of-Cycle Research Fellowships and Bridging Support are designed to enable researchers to resume their research program after a period of three months’ or more absence. Bridging Support can also provide additional time for research to enable parents and carers to accelerate their research activities after they return from leave.