The story of EQUALS International

AN OVERVIEW

Over 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 expanded to deliver services that actively and consciously contribute towards social advancement and ultimately act as a vehicle towards achieving our overarching vision and mission.  Similarly we choose to work with like minded industry partners on projects and initiatives that support our vision for humanity.

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

FOUNDER'S WELCOME

For over 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

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?

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 recognised 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.

EQUALS is an approved VET Student Loans and Austudy provider for eligible courses (other eligibility criteria applies).

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

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.

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) Dip. Financial Services FIPA MAICD 

Wendy has over 35 years experience in financial services and auditing. She has been an active contributor on a number of Australian Taxation Office committees over the past 18 years and is the Principal Accountant at Wendy J MacDonald Accountants in South Australia. Wendy brings a wealth of experience in public accounting and auditing which, together with her demonstrated abilities in corporate governance, bring significant insight and value to the role of Chairperson to the Board of Directors. 

 

Professor Paul Babie (Independent Member and Chair of the Academic Board) DPhil

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.  

 

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.  

 

Vahid Chittleborough (Chief Risk and Quality Officer) LLB (Honours First Class, University Medal) 

Vahid is an accomplished lawyer and barrister with over 20 years experience in alternative dispute resolution and mediation; commercial and corporate litigation; insolvency and corporate recovery.  Over his career, he has worked with a number of Australia’s top tier law firms as well as internationally.

 

Katina Jones (Founder and CEO)

Katina founded EQUALS in 1991.Throughout this time Katina has steered the organisation through successive cycles of growth and expansion, demonstrating her ability to lead with consistency and purpose, all the while ensuring goodwill with students, suppliers and clients. As the founder of EQUALS, she has worked assiduously to ensure that EQUALS spiritual principles and Mission are brought to life through an enduring commitment to developing human potential through education. In her capacity as CEO, Katina is the head of the EQUALS executive team and provides oversight regarding the day to day operations of EQUALS, its people and resources. In addition, she has held leadership roles with Rotary International (being the first female District Governor of District 9500, South Australia), and held multiple board and committee positions within government, the not-for-profit sector and United Nations agencies.

 

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.  

 

Marie Chittleborough (Chief Operating Officer)

Mariē holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is pursuing doctoral research in graduate employability within the context of Australian tertiary education. She is committed to supporting the voice of industry within the education sector and integrating innovative and high quality work integrated learning opportunities for EQUALS students.
She has over 15 years experience in the education sector, the last seven in senior leadership roles. Over the course of her career, Mariē has developed substantial expertise and skills in human resource management, operations management and in the oversight of organisational risk and compliance requirements. Prior to returning to Australia in 2011, Mariē held a consultancy role with the Cayman Islands Government, where she was responsible for the design and delivery of education projects for indigenous communities in the British Virgin Islands and Caribbean nations. Mariē has also held roles in the banking and finance sector (Macquarie Bank); local government (South Australia) and in commercial property management (Coles Myer Group). 

 

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 Ione Lewis

Ione Lewis is an accomplished academic with significant experience in senior academic leadership roles. Her areas of experience include academic quality assurance, compliance, course development and accreditation, moderation, benchmarking as well as experience as a social work and counselling senior academic. Ione has over twenty years of experience working with both universities and independent higher education providers and she is passionate about the capacity of education to change people’s lives. Ione has published on the topic of professions, quality assurance in higher education, and violence against women in peer-reviewed journals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Peter Majewski (Independent Member)

Peter Majewski is currently Research Professor and Research Leader in the Future Industries Institute of the University of South Australia (UniSA). He has a Degree in Geology and a PhD in Mineralogy from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. After being Senior Scientist and later Deputy Department Head at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Germany, between 1989 and 2002, he started at the University of South Australia in 2003 where he held various positions including Dean Research Education, Associate Head of School in Research, and Head of School of Engineering. In 2000 to 2001, he was member of the Scientific Council of the Max-Planck-Society, member and Deputy Chair of UniSA’s Academic Board between 2014 and 2016, and invited member of the Academic Board of the University College London, Australia, between 2015 and 2017. Peter is also member of the Managing Committee of the Australian Nanotechnology Network and currently Vice President of the Asian Nano Forum. Peter has a brought research interest in the area of materials science and engineering with over 180 journal publications, about 4200 citations, and an h-index of 34. While currently performing research on materials for thermal energy storage he is also Chair and Chief Engineer of Solar Car Project of the Australian Technology Network including five Australian universities to create a solar car for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in 2019.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.  

CAREERS

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:  careers@equals.edu.au

WORKING WITH THE UNITED NATIONS

VALUING THE UNITED NATIONS – OUR COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE EQUALS is a registered supplier with the United Nations Procurement Division. ID no. 14797. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GLOBAL COMPACT The following statement has been taken from www.unglobalcompact.org 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. TEN PRINCIPLES 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.

Environment

  • 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.

Want to learn more? Visit www.unglobalcompact.org

EQUALS INTERACT

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 interact@equals.edu.au or call us on 1300 889 939 for more information. NEWSLETTERS If you would like to receive the EQUALS Interact Newsletter, register your interest on the contact page, or email interact@equals.edu.au. Be sure to quote “please subscribe me to the EQUALS Interact E-News” in the subject line.

OET TESTING CENTRE

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. WHY CHOOSE OET? 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. RECOMMENDED BY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS Research shows that OET is advocated by past test takers as the most suitable test for registration, employment and visa purposes. PROOF OF YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS 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. WHERE AND WHEN CAN I SIT THE TEST? Click here for dates and locations. Simply choose PEAR, Adelaide under South Australia. TEST RESULTS Results are available online approximately 16 days after the test. Results are mailed within 5 days of the online publication of results. READY TO SIT THE TEST? Apply here. Note: This page has been adapted based on the information provided at www.occupationalenglishtest.org

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