The story
of EQUALS
International

THE EQUALS GROUP

Some 25 years ago EQUALS began with a dream of promoting and developing human potential. Throughout our history we have been involved in philanthropic projects and activities and the promotion of human rights within the local and wider community.

As our capacity has grown, so has our ability to meet the needs of our changing world. Over time EQUALS has established new entities that deliver services and products contributing towards social advancement. Similarly these entities act as a vehicle towards achieving our overarching vision and mission.

The following is a graphical representation of our different entities, all of which uniquely contribute to our vision for humanity.

Please visit Industry & Partners for more information on our organisations.

FOUNDER'S WELCOME
For almost 25 years, EQUALS has been providing quality and meaningful learning and development opportunities to people from all walks of life.

Since our inception in 1991, our vision to develop the latent potentialities of individuals and organisations has seen us expand in Australia and various parts of the world delivering both accredited and non-accredited programs addressing the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of life.

EQUALS is committed to addressing the skills required for a sustainable future in a rapidly changing world. Our focus is on empowering and encouraging individuals and organisations to make a positive difference in their own work environment thereby creating meaningful and sustainable outcomes.

We advocate a new paradigm of work through our spiritual principles: ethical business practices, promotion of partnerships between women and men in all fields of endeavour, advocate and participate in corporate social responsibility and promote values based leadership. Our bedrock is non- adversarial decision making through consultation.

We welcome you to have an EQUALS experience.

With warm greetings,
Katina Jones
Founder & Chief Executive

Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value.
Education can, alone cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable humankind to benefit therefrom.
Bahá’u’lláh

OUR VISION & MISSION

Katina Jones launched EQUALS International in South Australia on 19 March, 1991. 25 years later, the company has grown into an international provider of education and development solutions servicing partners and clients from all around the world.

 

Created to promote and develop human potential, our focus is on creating sustainable and meaningful outcomes for our clients.

While the world around us has changed, and the company has grown, Katina’s original vision has remained the same.


OUR VISION

EQUALS has a vision of a new world based on universal spiritual principles. A prerequisite to this is the equality of women and men.

The world of humanity has two wings… one is women, the other men. 
Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly.
Abdu’l-Bahá

OUR MISSION

EQUALS’ mission is to:
Empower individuals and organisations to realise their potential and maximise their capacity;
Recognise, value and promote gender equality and cultural diversity;
Promote education as a means to achieve universal peace and unity.
Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value.
Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures,
and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.
Baha’u’llah
WHO ARE WE?
EQUALS was established in 1991. We are an internationally recognised and Registered Training Organisation (registered with the Australian Quality Training Framework) that delivers innovative vocational education solutions to Australian and international students.

 

We specialise in creating innovative solutions for our clients. We work with individuals, government, NGO’s, corporate and community sectors.

We also offer nationally recognised training for individuals and groups. Focusing on Integrated Health, Aged and Community Services, Disability, Nursing, Business and Management, Retail, Hospitality, Early Childhood Education & Care and more, we provide our learners with high quality learning experiences and excellent career pathways.

We do this by focusing on a holistic approach to adult vocational learning, and utilise accelerated learning principles within a supportive, enriching environment.

SPIRITUAL VALUES & PRINCIPLES
  • Equality of Women and Men
  • Unity in Diversity
  • Development of Human & Spiritual Potential
  • Service
  • Decision Making through Consultation
  • Ethical Business Practice
  • Promoting Human Rights
  • Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Growth & Development
  • Values Based Leadership

EQUALS is also a registered supplier to the United Nations Procurement Division and a supporter of the UN Global Compact principles, Women’s Empowerment principles Business for Peace. To learn more about the Global Compact and the UN please visit www.un.org

ACCREDITATION
EQUALS is a registered training organisation that delivers nationally accredited and customised training.

EQUALS is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority and is an approved CRICOS provider.

National RTO Code: 3492 / CRICOS Code: 02804C

We are an approved education provider with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and a member of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET).

Important Note about Tuition Assurance: EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd and all CRICOS approved qualifications that we deliver are covered under the Tuition Protection Scheme.

You’ll also be pleased to know that our students can access Austudy approved programs (subject to eligibility).

LEADERSHIP TEAM
 

The face of EQUALS is rich in diversity and professional expertise. Our accredited and industry experienced people come from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds, all of whom welcome the opportunity to be of service to you… our clients and students.

Existing students can locate contact details of our team in EQ-Online Moodle or by  phoning + 61 (8) 8110 1200.

 

EXECUTIVE TEAM

 


Katina Jones – 
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Email: kjones@equals.edu.au

 


Jeff Jones – Chief Financial Officer
Email: jjones@equals.edu.au

 


Marie Chittleborough – Chief Operating Officer
Email: mchittleborough@equals.edu.au

 


Melissa Slattery – Academic Manager (VET)
Email: mslattery@equals.edu.au

 


Ursula Franck – Academic Director (HE)
Email: ufranck@equals.edu.au


24 Hour Emergency Contact: 
In the event of an emergency please contact 0487 875 000.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd (EQUALS) is governed by a Board of Directors that includes a majority of independent members and a representative of the owner of the Institute. The Board of Directors is chaired by one of its independent members.

The independence of the Board of Directors provides a mechanism to separate the ownership and governance of the Company from the management of the Institute and to provide independent business, financial and higher education expertise and advice at the highest level of decision-making. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction of EQUALS in addition to ensuring that EQUALS continues to meet its legal, regulatory, financial, social and societal obligations and responsibilities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 


Wendy MacDonald (Independent Chair)

 


Alan Branch (Independent Member) LLB BEc Notary Public
Alan has over 30 years’ experience as an international business advisor encompassing education, international trade and scalable growth of successful businesses. Intermittently, Alan has provided independent business advice to EQUALS over the last 20 years. For eight years he was a board member of the University of South Australia Barbara Hardy Advisory Board and six years of the Franchise Council of Australia. Alan is a mentor for many successful individuals and independent director for a range of corporations. Alan has been a non-executive board member since June 2016.

 


Professor Paul Babie (Independent Member and Chair of the Academic Board)
Paul Babie is Adelaide Law School Professor of Property Theory and Law and Director of the Law and Religion Project of The University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law (RUSSEL) (which he founded in 2007). He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2017. He is currently Associate Dean of Law (International) of the Adelaide Law School and Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of the Professions.  He has previously served as Associate Dean of Law (Research) of the Adelaide Law School (2007-2017) and Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of the Professions (2011-2017). He holds a BA in sociology from the University of Calgary, a BThSt from Flinders University, a LLB from the University of Alberta, a LLM from the University of Melbourne, and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford.

 


Katina Jones (Founder and CEO)

 


Vahid Chittleborough (Chief Risk & Quality Officer)

ACADEMIC GOVERNANCE

In order to provide a framework whereby EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd (“EQUALS”) is provided with independent academic advice, EQUALS’ Board of Directors delegates the academic governance of the Institute to the Academic Board. The Academic Board is comprised of independent academic staff from other higher education providers as well as an industry expert, members of EQUALS’ academic staff and a student representative.  The Academic Board is chaired by one of its independent members.

The Academic Board operates independently of the ownership and management of EQUALS so as to ensure sound academic leadership and integrity. The Academic Board has responsibility for academic policy making, academic administration and oversight of scholarship, learning and teaching.   This ensures that the Academic Board maintains appropriate control over the administration of the curriculum to allow educational objectives to be achieved.

 

THE ACADEMIC BOARD


Professor Paul Babie (Independent Chair)
Paul Babie is Adelaide Law School Professor of Property Theory and Law and Director of the Law and Religion Project of The University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law (RUSSEL) (which he founded in 2007). He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2017. He is currently Associate Dean of Law (International) of the Adelaide Law School and Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of the Professions.  He has previously served as Associate Dean of Law (Research) of the Adelaide Law School (2007-2017) and Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of the Professions (2011-2017). He holds a BA in sociology from the University of Calgary, a BThSt from Flinders University, a LLB from the University of Alberta, a LLM from the University of Melbourne, and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford.