The story
of EQUALS
International

AN OVERVIEW

EQUALS was founded over 25 years ago, with the 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 a changing world. Over time EQUALS has established new collaborations with government, industry and the not-for profit sector, and innovations in service delivery that have contributed towards social advancement, and act as a vehicle towards achieving our overarching vision and mission.

Please visit Industry & Partners for more information.

EQUALS’ organisational structure can be viewed here. An organisational chart is also available here for review. 

FOUNDER'S WELCOME

For over 25 years, EQUALS has been providing quality and meaningful education and development opportunities to diverse peoples.

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

REGISTRATION AND ACCREDITATION

EQUALS  International (Aust) Pty Ltd (EQUALS, ABN 81 078 991 858, CRICOS 02804C) is a dual sector provider offering higher education and vocational education and training qualifications.  We operate from our Adelaide campus, located at 54 and 81 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

Higher Education:  EQUALS is registered as a Higher Education provider with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).  Provider Registration No: PRV14279

Courses: Qualifications (recognised with the AQF) Indicative student enrolments Course Accreditation Status Location of delivery CRICOS Registered
Bachelor of Human Services

Nested qualifications include:

·  Diploma in Human Services

·  Associate Degree in Human Services  

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Accredited On Campus, Adelaide Not available

Vocational Education and Training:  EQUALS is also registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).  RTO Code:  3492.

Other registrations

Further, we are an approved education provider with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and a member of Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA).  

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.

Students can access VET Student Loans and 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. The instrument establishing EQUALS’ is available here 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS   

Wendy MacDonald (Independent Chair)  

Wendy has over 35 years experience in financial services and auditing. Wendy 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.

  


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)

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.

 


Vahid Chittleborough (Chief Risk & Quality Officer) 

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.

 

Financial Standing 

EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd (EQUALS) (ACN 078 991 858), is an independent education provider. 

As part of its reporting requirements, EQUALS submits independently audited annual financial statements. EQUALS’ most current Statement of Financial Standing will be available here in due course.

 

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.