Gender equality

Gender equity is essential to our integrity and credibility as a School that prides itself on educating the leaders of the future. Professor Paul Jensen, FBE Deputy Dean

Business and Economics has often traditionally been an area that is male dominated, an area that, in this day and age should be more balanced. FBE aims to increase the ratio in our current academic staff cohort. We strongly encourage applications from female candidates in all our advertised positions to help us achieve this goal.

A key area of focus for FBE is to increase the percentage of female academic staff, with a focus on staff retention, promotion and recruitment. We are committed and proactive in reaching gender equality in the Faculty and supporting women in all stages of their personal and work life.

To foster the recruitment and retention of female talent in FBE, the University of Melbourne has set gender targets for each Faculty. A recruitment strategy has been developed to ensure that we meet these targets.

Caron Beaton-Wells and Paul Jensen

Gender equity strategy at FBE

University of Melbourne's Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and Melbourne Business School (MBSL) are launching a new strategy to improve gender balance and equity. Under the strategy, the two institutions will recruit, develop, support, and promote more women to senior academic and leadership positions.

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Athena SWAN program

University of Melbourne is one of the 43 organisations including universities and research agencies to participate in the Athena Swan Charter in Australia, a framework that enables structural and cultural change to achieve gender equity and has been successfully implemented in the UK. In 2020, The University of Melbourne achieved Bronze Award status. We are committed to this initiative and are excited to improve gender equity.

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The University Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-2025

This Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) will support the advancement and embedding of diversity and inclusion principles at the University to create enduring and widespread cultural change.

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Women are the business

The Women are the business page shares insights on how women work and live. This page showcases how University of Melbourne leaders are changing the professional landscape for women – from researchers to alumni.

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Student clubs for women in business

FBE supports a range of clubs aiming to empower women in business.

Women in Commerce & Politics

Women in Economics Students Society

Banking on Women

UMSU Women Department

Other useful information and links

We are passionate about creating environments that support and encourage your success. Please find more about information and resources on gender equality and women's empowerment.

  • Pathways to Politics for Women: The University of Melbourne Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a proudly non-partisan initiative that aims to change the face of politics by equipping women with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and networks they need to run for elected office and thrive as political leaders.
  • Strong Women: Promotes the inclusion of women at Melbourne University Sport across all levels of participation.
  • Gender Equity Victoria: Peak body for gender equity, women's health, and the prevention of violence against women.
  • Safe and Strong, Victorian Gender Equality Strategy: Victorian Government strategy to prevent violence against women through gender equality.
  • Chief Executive Women Australia: Advocates and engages with government and business to achieve gender balance and equal opportunity for women.
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