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Gender equality

Our commitment to promoting gender equality

We are committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive work and study environment. Regardless of gender identity, every Bondy – staff or student – deserves to be part of a safe, respectful and inclusive community. This commitment is underpinned by our Gender Equality Strategy.

Bond University Gender Equality Strategy

The Bond University 2023 - 2027 Strategic Plan’s mission to imbue a spirit to innovate, a commitment to influence, and a dedication to inspire tomorrow’s professionals is dependent on the performance, dedication, professionalism, innovation, and diversity of staff.

The University recognises that we operate in a diverse local, national, and global community. We value the diversity of our staff and student community. Embracing this diversity enables us to fully advance the University's innovative, creative, and intellectual achievements.

The Gender Equality Strategy supports our equitable culture and ability to recruit and retain highly qualified staff, including internationally recognised academic staff, using flexible work practices. Fostering a culture of inclusion is crucial to achieving this goal.

The benefits of gender diversity and equality are well documented, with research citing improved productivity, innovation and creativity in those organisations that recognise and harness their diversity as an asset. Bond recognises that building social inclusion leads to improved student outcomes and greater innovations in learning, teaching, and research.

The University has made significant improvements in community awareness of gender equality, the representation of women in senior leadership positions, and attracting women to the University. While the University has made great progress in creating a fair, flexible, and equitable workplace, our current workforce data indicates that we continue, like many institutions worldwide, to under-utilise the talents of women.

The Bond University Gender Equality Strategy articulates the University’s goals to address the underrepresentation of women and promote gender diversity. The University's leadership team develops implementation plans, including measures of success. The Gender Equality Committee monitors and reports to the University Management Committee on the progress of the implementation plans. 


Gender equality for students

We foster a safe and supportive learning environment that understands individuality and diversity and provides a respectful community for every student.   

Gender equality for staff

We want to harness and grow the skills and capabilities of our workforce, benefiting from the talent of all our staff. We support employment equity through our policies, practices and our inclusive culture. We embrace the importance of work-life balance and the significance of family and community.

Bond embeds a philosophy of gender equality into every facet of its operations.

Our key priorities

The Gender Equality Strategy provides a framework for the University to develop and implement effective strategies around workplace culture, leadership and employment practices to improve gender equality. Our key priorities are:

  • An inclusive culture

    We reinforce an inclusive and equitable organisational culture and working environment, where all staff are supported to reach their full potential.

  • Equal opportunity

    We aim to achieve equal opportunity for women in leadership and management roles through appropriate interventions. We manage gender balance in outcomes of academic promotion and professional staff promotion.

  • Gender pay equality

    We are committed to addressing gender pay equality gaps.

  • Work-life balance

    We aim to build a flexible workplace that enables staff to balance work and life responsibilities.

  • Gender diversity

    We acknowledge and support gender diversity and intersectionality.

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