The University of Western Australia has been named a National Employer of Choice for Women for the seventh consecutive year.
The Federal Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) made the announcement today.
The University has made the list every year since the award was first offered to Australian employers in 2002. Six pre-requisites were added to the selection process this year, making the award even more competitive.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said UWA had been a long-time advocate of equal opportunity and gender equity, and as a result, had increased the number of women at senior levels, as well as development plans for high achievers, paid parental leave retention rates and family friendly working arrangements.
The University had also established a Leadership for Women program and won a national Leadership Development of Women award in 2007.
"To be named an Employer of Choice for the seventh year in a row shows that UWA has a real commitment to women. It is part of The University's culture to help women and men achieve their full potential while also helping them find a balance between work and family," Professor Robson said.
"It is very important to us that women working at UWA feel supported and valued and we work very proactively to achieve this."