Charles Sturt University vice-chancellor Andrew Vann takes pledge for gender equality

CSU vice-chancellor Andrew Vann has become an ambassador for pay equity. Photo: FILE
CSU vice-chancellor Andrew Vann has become an ambassador for pay equity. Photo: FILE

Charles Sturt University vice-chancellor Andrew Vann has vowed to champion gender equality, becoming an ambassador for pay equity with the federal Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

In 2017, there was a 14.6 per cent gap between what the genders were paid and Professor Vann said the university was working hard to correct.

“In 2017, the gender pay gap at CSU was 14.6 per cent. While this is a significant improvement on the previous year, it is still far too high,” Professor Vann said.

“We are a values-driven institution that is committed to inclusiveness and the benefits that brings to our students, staff and communities.

“I am proud to lead an organisation which supports women and recognises their capacity to make significant contributions at all levels.”

During 2016-17, CSU’s overall gender composition was made up of 64.9 per cent females and 35.1 per cent males.

CSU’s management team consisted of 122 (54.2 per cent) women and 103 (45.8 per cent) men, while 60.6 per cent of all those awarded promotions during the period were female.

The university’s current chancellor and three deputy chancellors are female.

Professor Vann said work had begun on a CSU Gender Equity Strategy, that would be finalised later in 2018.

The strategy would outline the strategic direction of the university in gender equity, to ensure CSU remains insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring, he said.

“Charles Sturt University is committed to providing a safe and equitable work environment that recognises the contributions of all staff,” Professor Vann said.

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