We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunity for all. All our employees are entitled to work in a safe and enjoyable environment regardless of their age, gender, intellectual or physical ability, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, physical appearance or socio-economic background.
We know how important it is for employees to strike a balance between their work and personal lives. We have a range of flexible policies and practices in place that help our people juggle their commitments.
Job sharing is a great way for our people to keep their career on track while having more time outside of work. A job-sharing arrangement usually involves dividing the workload of a full-time position between two people (usually each working a part-time schedule).
A part-time arrangement enables employees to work less than 38 hours ordinary hours per week. Employees can apply to work fewer hours per day or fewer days per week subject to organisational requirements and approval by the supervisor/manager.
We are committed to gender equality in the workplace. 60% of our total workforce and student population are female, and in scientific leadership roles, 40% of QIMR Berghofer Faculty are female.
Paid Parental Leave
We provide eligible employees with:
- 14 weeks paid Maternity Leave, or 28 weeks at half pay, in addition to the national Paid Parental Leave scheme.
- Additional unpaid Maternity Leave of up to 104 weeks, or for the lifecycle of your grant, whichever comes first.
- 2 weeks paid Spousal Leave to spouses, subject to eligibility.
Benefits for women at QIMR Berghofer
We provide facilities to cater for nursing mothers who wish to express breast milk during working hours (or as required).
child care assistance
We recognise that many women have difficulties returning to the workforce after giving birth. We have secured a number of places with a nearby childcare centre for infants under the age of two years.
Financial support for female career researchers
Raising a family while juggling the practical demands of research experiments and maintaining publishing output can place considerable pressure on female career researchers balancing work and life. We recognise this challenge and provide targeted financial support to help mothers with this burden and improve female retention in research.
International Women’s Day
Our employees participate in and celebrate International Women’s Day in March each year.