For the ninth year running, Teachers Health is proud to be awarded the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. Teachers Health is one of only 119 organisations across Australia to receive the 2019 -20 citation.
WGEA Director Libby Lyons congratulated this year’s citation holders. “All these organisations are at the forefront of the momentum for change towards gender equality in Australian workplaces. These industry leaders are showing other Australian businesses how to create a better and more equal future for both women and men, ”said Ms Lyons.
Many of Teachers Health’s 350+ employees have benefited from the policies in place to support its people. This includes parental leave and return-to-work policies, gender pay gap reviews, flexible work arrangements and the promotion of women into leadership positions.
Commenting on these policies in action, Teachers Health employees Rosie and Leilani have recently returned from parental leave. Ezra (also a Teachers Health employee, and Leilani’s partner) is currently on parental leave.
“I’ve felt really supported by Teachers Health during my parental leave and on my recent return to work. It’s been great having access to a flexible work arrangement, which allows me to balance work and family commitments.” – Rosie
“Being able to access both parental leave and a flexible work arrangement shows my employer understands the challenges of being a parent. My husband works for Teachers Health as well; he’s accessing parental leave to have time to bond with our daughter too. I’m grateful Teachers Health recognises that parents (regardless of gender) need time with their child. It’s definitely helped our family.” – Leilani
“We support and want the best from and for our people; we value this external recognition of our achievements,” said Teachers Health CEO Brad Joyce. “As an organisation we continue to work hard and smart to reinforce our positive workplace culture, supporting men and women to succeed. The Board, Executive team and I have been, and remain committed to building and maintaining a genuinely diverse, talented and capable organisation. Our strategies and policies support our gender equality objectives and in addition to achieving the citation, we’ve made measurable improvements against the WGEA’s criteria,” said Mr Joyce.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.