We promote gender equity through a range of collaborative programs and activities across the University designed to enable women 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 Strategy 2017-2019

The Gender Equity Strategy 2017-2019 guides the program of activities that enable women to thrive and succeed at Victoria University.

Implementation of the Strategy is overseen by the Gender Equity Committee, Chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and comprised of senior leaders.

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.

Senior Women's Shadowing Program

We are committed to increasing the representation of women in senior roles and retaining female staff.

The Senior Women's Shadowing Program provides women in senior roles with first-hand access to the executive experience, high-level networking and learning opportunities.

Additional research support when returning from 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.

Academic promotion information sessions for women

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.

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.

Inclusive leadership

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.