15 May 2012
An increase in women on the governing body has helped RMIT University win its sixth successive Employer of Choice for Women award.
RMIT has now been recognised by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) over nine years - in 2001 to 2003, and from 2007 to 2012.
Speaking at the launch of the 2012 list in Perth, EOWA Director, Helen Conway, said Australian business leaders understood the citation was a major drawcard in the war to attract and retain the best people.
"The leaders of the organisations on this list recognise there is a competitive advantage to be obtained by employing a diverse workforce," Ms Conway said.
"They are attracting women into non-traditional roles where there are skills shortages, reaping the rewards of increased retention rates, and realising the benefits of flexible work practices."
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said: "I am proud to lead an organisation that has an ongoing commitment to a fair and equitable workplace that supports all staff, irrespective of gender, age, culture, sexual preference or disability.
"RMIT has a history of ongoing commitment to gender equity and the promotion of women in management and senior management positions.
"Female representation on the governing body (RMIT Council) is now 50 per cent, with 45 per cent representation in the Senior Executive Group.
"This high representation of women in senior positions is testament to RMIT's commitment to diversity."
RMIT has been awarded its sixth successive Employer of Choice for Women award.