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WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

28/02/2020

Greg Barsby, Managing Director QinetiQ Australia

For the second year in a row, we’ve committed meaningful action to support equality in the workplace and to champion change through WGEA’s voluntary leading practice recognition program.

The award of the WGEA EOCGE citation marks a significant journey for QinetiQ in Australia. Diversity and inclusion is an area of continued focus for us.

Through our diversity and inclusion committee we have strategies in place aimed at addressing gender balance across the organisation and at normalising flexible work for all employees.

As a member of Australia’s Defence Industry we have a strong focus on supporting the STEM ecosystem in Australia by actively championing women in STEM careers, encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers and setting ambitious targets to improve the gender balance within our STEM fields.

In 2019, we made public our commitment to supporting women in STEM by becoming a Women in STEM Decadal Plan Champion and aligning our gender equity plan with Australia’s Women in STEM Decadal Plan.

We also strengthened the support we provide to employees with caring responsibilities.

Our parental leave policy provides up to 16 weeks paid leave to primary care givers, up to four weeks for secondary care givers, no minimum tenure requirement and includes back to work support initiatives. This year, we enhanced the policy by including top up super payments for primary care givers on unpaid leave, ensuring greater retirement security and support for when it is needed most.

Our flexible work initiatives have seen a 40% increase in take up as compared to two years ago, with more than 80% of employees self-reporting flexible work patterns.

Normalising flexible work is a critical part of our strategy. By creating an environment that provides equal opportunity for people to engage and succeed, and by offering people the flexibility to better balance their work and life priorities, we make our business more accessible to a diverse range of talented professionals.

The WGEA EOCGE citation is a voluntary recognition program that recognises that gender equality is critical to an organisation’s success and is a feature of well-managed, leading organisations. Research has demonstrated that groups with diverse perspectives and flexibility in thinking almost always outperform homogenous groups, leading to higher levels of creativity, innovation and organisational agility.

Find out more about WGEA EOCGE 2020-21