Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer Statement 2022-23

27 February 2024
University of Sydney employer statement
The University of Sydney today published an employer statement following the release of the institution's gender pay gap data by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

We are deeply committed to gender equity and our ongoing work to reduce the gender pay gap. 

We are proud of our initiatives addressing this issue, with WGEA data indicating our gender pay gap (3.1 percent in median total remuneration and 2.4 percent in median base salary) is lower than that of the higher education sector (5.4 percent and 5.1 percent), but we recognise there is more to do. 

Women make up more than half our staff community and we are determined that every staff member be valued for the contribution they make to our collective success, with University-wide initiatives that put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do.  

We have initiatives in place to ensure equitable pay and promotion practices, inclusive leadership, career support and flexible working arrangements. 

Women make up more than half our staff community and we are determined that every staff member be valued for the contribution they make.

Our approach is continually evolving as we assess best practice and we are fortunate to have world-leading researchers at our Gender Equality in Working Life Research Initiative, led by Professor Rae Cooper and Professor Elizabeth Hill, who are at the forefront of research into equal pay and the gender pay gap. 

We work to increase representation of women at all levels of the University with initiatives including the Sydney Women's Leadership Program and the Vice-Chancellor’s Sponsorship Program for culturally diverse women. 

The newly established role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Community and Leadership will provide strategic direction and oversight for the University's culture, with emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. 

We promote equality and diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine through the Science in Australia Gender Equity program (SAGE), which assesses gender equity policies and helps organisations develop ways to promote and retain women and gender minorities. In recognition of our efforts to improve gender equity and diversity, we received a SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Award. As part of our ongoing commitment to improvement in this area, we are currently working towards SAGE’s Silver Award.  

As one of the first universities in the world to admit women on equal terms with men in 1881, we are proud of our history of leadership in gender equality – and determined to build on our legacy. We will continue this essential work to achieve long-term change at the University and throughout our society.

Related stories