(1) The equal participation of women and men on committees is fundamental to the achievement of gender equality in the workplace and contributes to the richness of diversity in decision-making.
(2) The aim of this policy is to achieve equal representation of women and men on Western Sydney University committees.
(3) The policy applies to all committees and sub-committees, including recruitment and selection committees, committees established to undertake reviews, advisory groups, task forces, working groups and reference groups.
(5) For the purposes of this policy:
(6) The University supports the implementation of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 which requires the University to eliminate structural and attitudinal barriers that affect women and men in employment, and to introduce special measures which promote and encourage gender equality in the workplace.
(7) As part of its commitment to gender equality, the University affirms the need to ensure that there is gender balance on all committees with specific attention to women's rate of representation on senior decision-making committees.
(8) As a minimum requirement, women will comprise 40 percent membership of University committees.
(9) The Vice-Chancellor and President, with advice from senior management and the Director, Equity and Diversity, will review committee memberships annually and identify those committees where women are less than 40 percent of the committee membership.
(10) Where a gender imbalance exists on a committee the Vice-Chancellor and President, or nominee, will discuss with the committee convenor the implementation of strategies to increase the representation of women.
(11) Senior management with advice from Equity and Diversity will identify committees which have an under-representation of women. In such cases, the committee convener will ensure equal representation of women by the implementation of strategies.
(12) At the first meeting of a new committee and annually thereafter the convenor will request the committee to review its membership to ensure that there is equal representation of women and men.
(13) Where a committee has less than 40 percent of women represented on the committee, the convenor or chair may implement the following strategies:
(14) It is recognised that there will be some occasions where the 'elected' and 'ex-officio' membership of committees can result in a low level of women's representation.
(15) Some committees have a small membership. Where the committee membership comprises three members there will be at least one woman on the committee. Where the committee membership comprises five members, there will be at least two women on the committee.
(16) The Equity and Diversity Unit will monitor the implementation of this policy as follows:
(17) The Equity and Diversity Unit will report to: