The story


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.

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.

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.


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 woman, the other men. 
Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly.


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.
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.

  • 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

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).


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.




Katina Jones – 
Chief Executive Officer & Founder


Jeff Jones – Chief Financial Officer


Marie Chittleborough – Chief Operating Officer


Melissa Slattery – Academic Manager (VET)


Ursula Franck – Academic Director (HE)

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


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.



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)


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.



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.


Ursula Franck (Academic Director)
Ursula Franck commenced as Academic Director at EQUALS in April 2018, following over 6 years at UniSA as Manager in the School of  Engineering and Senior Policy Advisor in UniSA International. From 2005 to 2010 she was Executive Dean at the Australian Lutheran College, successfully leading the College through their inaugural AUQA registration and accreditation audit. Appointed by TAFE in WA, Ursula served over 6 years variously as Delivery Team Leader, Principal Lecturer, Acting Director Training Services and Campus Program Manager until 2002. In Tasmania from 1993 to 1996 she undertook various roles including School Development Officer and Acting State Coordinator of the Drug Education Network Inc. From 1986 to 1992 Ursula taught and held leadership positions in South Australian schools.

An experienced executive leader with first-hand experience in higher education academic governance, management and quality assurance across private and public sectors, with strong business, company and financial acumen and national and state networks, Ursula consults broadly with higher education authorities, industry, business, peak bodies and government authorities, and provides valued advice to independent higher education institutions. Ursula’s extensive experience has spanned roles as non-executive Board Director, Academic Board Chair, UniSA representative on TAFE SA Higher Education Academic Board, Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member of Australian Council of Education, Committee Member of Universities Australia Higher Education Services Higher Education Quality and Compliance Network, Central Region Committee Deputy Chair and Institutional Coordinator with the Association for Tertiary Education Management, Honorary Auditor/Interim Expert, Australian Universities Quality Agency/Tertiary Education Quality Agency over 3 successive terms, Inaugural Committee Member with the Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) for over 6 years, and leader of teaching/lecturing staff, academic standards, ethics & human research committees and executive leadership and management teams including offshore operations. She has provided leadership in many areas of private higher education policy including teaching, quality assurance, improvement & review and strategic planning & implementation.  Ursula holds a Master of Education [TESOL] from Deakin University, complementing her Bachelor of Education and Diplomas in Business, Training & Management. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies through Finders University.


Steve Hutchinson (Independent Industry Expert)

Steve Hutchinson is a Registered Nurse with over 27 years of clinical experience in medical/surgical, critical care, community/aged, occupational health, correctional health and education working in both the private and public health sector. He is a Nurse Consultant within  Training & Practice Development and is passionate about clinical practice development and transforming research into practice. Steve has been a regular presenter at local, national and international symposiums and conferences, and workshops. His current research focus is on anxiety and depression and is currently working on a project focused on developing healthy relationships and healthier families.

Steve holds a Masters of Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Nurse Education from the University of South Australia, and a Graduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing from the University of Adelaide.  He also holds an Intensive Care Nursing Certificate, Certificate lV TAA/TAE,  and has completed an International Practice Development Collaborative School at Monash University.



Dr Chris Riley (Independent Member)
Chris Riley has a solid commercial background in management, financial accounting and administration. He has worked for more than 25 years in government, corporate and community organisations, and 18 years in academic, research and consulting positions. He currently lectures in business and management subjects, primarily with international students, and has many years of work applied learning experience in the facilitation of action learning and action research projects. 

Marie Chittleborough (Chief Operating Officer)


Dr Maboh Nkwati (Independent Member)

Maboh Nkwati is the Head of Nursing and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University Institute of Buea Cameroon. Maboh is a 2012 Fellow of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (Philadelphia USA). He has 13 years experience in health professions education and academic governance and is passionate about improving individual and community health through education and has been active in the development of health professions education in Cameroon. In this context he has led curriculum development in a wide range of health and nursing subject areas. His primary research interest is in the area of health professions education and improving healthcare, active learning and elderly care. This has led to publications in academic journals that include articles on innovative approaches to curriculum development, elderly care, student-led community health improvement projects, and the evolution of professional education.. Maboh is currently serving as Co-chair of a World Diabetes Federation funded project to improve rural diabetes management using a synergy of student nurses and primary care nurses. He is also introducing the concept of interdisciplinary clinical simulation in health professions education in Cameroon at Biaka University Institute of Buea. Maboh is a member of multiple professional associations in Cameroon and internationally. He is also the founder of the Health Research Foundation that provides health research consultancy and training services in Cameroon. 

Maboh’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Nursing Science and Masters in Nursing Education from the University of Buea Cameroon, and a PhD from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.


EQUALS International, which is part of the EQUALS Group of organisations, are an internationally recognised vocational education provider.  We engage professional educators, academics and facilitators, administrative and support related staff who support and value our philosophy and principles.


While our journey began 25 years ago, it is the opportunities ahead that excite us the most. If you are interested in working with EQUALS International, please contact us.

P:  + 61 8 8110 1200   E:


EQUALS is a registered supplier with the United Nations Procurement Division. ID no. 14797.


The following statement has been taken from

In an address to The World Economic Forum on 31 January 1999, United Nation Secretary-General Kofi Annan challenged business leaders to join an international initiative – the Global Compact – that would bring companies together with UN agencies, labour and civil society to support ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The Global Compact’s operational phase was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 26 July 2000.

Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to advance responsible corporate citizenship so that business can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalisation. In this way, the private sector – in partnership with other social actors – can help realize the Secretary-General’s vision: a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.


The ten principles are:

Human Rights

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights within their sphere of influence; and
  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labor Standards

  • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • Principle 6: eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


  • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti Corruption

  • Principle 10: Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.

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EQUALS Interact is a social and personal development network focused on supporting learners, graduates and industry partners.

EQUALS Interact is a network whose purpose is to….

  • Provide a supportive environment for women and men to affirm their worth and assist them in their endeavours in development and advancement.
  • Foster human potential in the community.
  • Provide the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds in a relaxed, social and friendly environment.
  • Provide personal and professional development opportunities for graduates, current students, clients and staff.
  • Promote and encourage the development of soft and hard skills.
  • Promote and encourage the achievement of equality.

As an Interact Member, you will receive:

  • the opportunity to register and participate in professional development seminars.
  • special guest speaker evenings.
  • social networking events.
  • regular e-newsletters.
  • discount offers and early bird notification of EQUALS programs.

Contact Interact at or call us on 1300 889 939 for more information.


If you would like to receive the EQUALS Interact Newsletter, register your interest on the contact page, or email Be sure to quote “please subscribe me to the EQUALS Interact E-News” in the subject line.

In collaboration with PEAR, EQUALS is pleased to be able to offer OET Testing. Starting your international healthcare career is just a step away!

The Occupational English Test (OET) is recognised and trusted by healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment.


OET instills confidence in the language competence of practising healthcare professionals. Here’s three great reasons why OET is the preferred English test for healthcare professionals:

1.  Test materials reflect real workplace scenarios. You will know exactly what to expect and feel more confident on test day. Friendly staff who respect you as a professional.

2.  Walk into an English-speaking healthcare job and quickly gain the respect of your patients, colleagues and employer. Use the skills you learn immediately, and for the rest of your career.

3.  Official preparation material you can access anywhere, anytime. Fit preparation into your busy schedule and improve your ability to be your best in an English-speaking healthcare environment.


Research shows that OET is advocated by past test takers as the most suitable test for registration, employment and visa purposes.


Discover the growing list of organisations that accept OET results as proof of English language proficiency. Please check with the organisation you are applying to regarding the OET grade(s) they will accept. Click here for details.


Click here for dates and locations. Simply choose PEAR, Adelaide under South Australia.


Results are available online approximately 16 days after the test. Results are mailed within 5 days of the online publication of results.


Apply here.

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