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CUA named employer of choice for gender equality for 4th year in a row

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Member-owned organisation CUA has been recognised for its commitment to workplace equality for the 4th consecutive year, today being named as a recipient of the 2017-18 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.

CUA is among more than 100 organisations across a broad range of industries and sectors nationally to be recognised with a citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The citation recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces.

CUA Chief Executive Officer Rob Goudswaard said he was proud of CUA’s ongoing efforts to embed equal employment opportunities in the workplace.

“At CUA, diversity and inclusion is much broader than gender and pay equity. It also extends to cultural diversity and religious beliefs, age, experience, catering to a geographically dispersed workforce and being able to support indigenous and community issues,” he said.

“50 per cent of my executive team are women. Ultimately, there is no barrier to any individual reaching a leadership position at CUA where they demonstrate they have the talent and skills required for the role.”

CUA has reflected its commitment to diversity, inclusion and workplace flexibility with enhanced provisions in its 2017 CUA Enterprise Agreement, including paying superannuation for up to 13 weeks of unpaid parental leave, an additional day’s leave each year for health checks, as well as an entitlement for domestic and family violence leave.

CUA has also established Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to support team members with protected characteristics as specified under the Australian anti-discrimination laws. These characteristics include gender, cultural background, age, sexuality and disability. Each ERG, which is managed by team members and sponsored by an executive member, serves to raise awareness while engaging CUA’s workforce in conversations about inclusion.

“Our aim here at CUA is to help our team members to perform at their best. Receiving this citation confirms the inclusive culture at CUA where we support a diverse group of team members through life changes,” Mr Goudswaard said.