By Bridge Consulting
Jun 12, 2019
Why Australian universities are leading employers
Australian universities are considered world-class in terms of their educational facilities and opportunities for graduates, but we don’t hear as much about how they perform as employers. But as recent accolades highlight, they’re also in the ranks of some of Australia’s best employers. There are four reasons why Australian universities are considered to be some of the best places to work.
1. Talented professionals
According to the QS World University Rankings, seven Australian universities are ranked in the top 100 in the worldin 2019. These include Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, The University of New South Wales and Monash University. These universities provide employees with the opportunity to collaborate with world-leading experts. They also have strong support networks in place with opportunities to be mentored and developed in a high calibre professional environment.
2. World-class research facilities
Many Australian universities have high-quality research facilities that give technical staff the opportunity to advance their research and access best-in-class equipment. This gives researchers the ability to innovate and make a real and rewarding impact in their chosen area. Many Australian universities also partner with industry, government and international organisations to enhance the breadth and depth of their research capabilities.
3. Work-life balance
Regardless of job role or level, work-life balance is essential to all employees in this day and age. Many universities have led the way when it comes to introducing policies and practices that allow employees to manage their work and home lives. Things like flexible working hours, generous and various leave entitlements, paid parental leave, and opportunities to grow personally are available to all employees. In combination, these extend beyond traditional career path and salary benefits and contribute towards making their employees feel valued.
4. Inclusive environment
Australian universities are a melting pot that bring together people with diverse backgrounds, ideologies and interests. Many devote considerable resources to make their working environment inclusive so that the benefits of this diversity can be realised by all.
Some universities have even been recognised for the inclusive environments that they’ve created. The Australian Workplace Equality Index 2019 has recognised institutions like the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Curtin University and Monash University for their diversity and inclusion programs. In fact, RMIT was recognised as Employer of the Year for LGBTI Inclusion at the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards 2019.
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