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The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has recognised Teachers Mutual Bank as one of Australia’s leading companies for championing gender equality among their workforce, with a citation as a 2016 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.
The citation was received by only 106 organisations around Australia this year, with Teachers Mutual Bank being noted alongside other prominent companies committed to gender equality. This is the second year running in which Teachers Mutual Bank has been cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice, following a citation in 2015.
Helen O’Reilly, Teachers Mutual Bank’s Chief Human Resources Officer, noted that it was wonderful for Teachers Mutual Bank’s work in the area of gender equality to have the acknowledgement of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
‘The team at Teachers Mutual Bank is thrilled to once again be cited as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the WGEA. As an organisation, Teachers Mutual Bank has consistently aimed to make equality for everyone a key aim of what we believe in and stand for. To receive this recognition is an encouragement that we are building an inclusive and diverse organisation that takes due care and consideration of all staff,’ said Helen O’Reilly.
As a customer-owned mutual bank with a history of supporting the communities, the 2016 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation has added meaning for Teachers Mutual Bank. It signifies both an ongoing commitment and is a broader reflection of the organisation’s original formation and aim.
‘Teachers Mutual Bank was founded in a diverse community, and our members come from an array of different backgrounds. We have a strong desire to reflect this diversity through our hiring practices. Particularly, in as much as it means we understand and share in the values of our members,’ said Helen O’Reilly.
Despite being cited in 2015 and 2016 as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, Helen O’Reilly is adamant that Teachers Mutual Bank will continue building a workplace that reflects equality in other areas, in addition to gender equality.
‘As much as we are delighted to receive this important citation in recognition of our work, we also want to use it as encouragement to keep building an even more inclusive workplace. At Teachers Mutual Bank, we are currently looking at how we can encourage more mature age workers to apply for roles within our team. To be truly inclusive as an organisation, we will continue to turn our values into action when it comes to equality and fair hiring practices,’ said Helen O’Reilly.
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For further information or to schedule an interview with Helen O’Reilly, please contact:
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Teachers Mutual Bank
(02) 9735 9518 / 0467 800 414
Established in 1966, Teachers Mutual Bank has grown to become one of Australia’s largest mutual banks, dedicated to providing financial products and services exclusively for teachers, their families and employees in the education sector.
Teachers Mutual Bank has over 186,000 members and more than $6 billion in assets, following a successful merger with UniBank in August, 2015. For more than 50 years, Teachers Mutual Bank has embedded three core values: advocacy, passion, and sustainability.