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The story


EQUALS was founded 30 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


The concept of EQUALS was inspired by the beauty of the spiritual principles and writings of the Bahá’í Faith. Today, those spiritual principles are firmly embedded in our DNA.

EQUALS is values based, mission focussed education institute that has been providing meaningful training and education solutions to people all over the world for 30 years. At EQUALS, we offer a different perspective to traditional learning – we are driven by a unique set of values and look to cultivate these within our students.

We believe in the uniqueness and inherent nobility of each student who enters our doors and regard them “as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value.  Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.” (Baháʼu’lláh) We believe all human beings are endowed to fulfill their latent potentialities and at the same time, contribute to the development of society. We give equal emphasis to spiritual and intellectual progress and strive to cultivate and prepare students to maximise their opportunity for professional, personal and community fulfilment.

When you are accepted to study at EQUALS, you will join an institute where the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your life are valued and supported. At the same time, flexible, integrated, learning options, industry connections and personalised student support will assist you to achieve your vocational, personal and professional goals.

Our commitment is to ensure that you receive an integrated learning experience that nurtures the highest standards of intellect and spiritual development, in a safe, harmonious, nurturing environment.

The EQUALS community offers a rich tapestry of culturally diverse people working and learning together, in a spirit of unity and fellowship.

We look forward to welcoming you to the EQUALS community.

We are here for you.

Warmest regards

Katina Jones

Founder & Chair of the Board of Directors


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.



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.


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.

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 Health and Nursing, Human Services, Integrative Health, Aged and Community Services, Mental Health, Disability, Leadership and Management, Early Childhood Education & Care. We deliver a unique and high quality learning experience for our students with high rates of graduate employment and further study pathways.

We do this by focusing on a holistic approach to adult learning and teaching, 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  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.

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

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

Higher Education Admissions Information

At EQUALS our higher education courses and qualifications are nationally-recognised through our registration and accreditation by TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality Standards Australia).

The Australian Government requires higher education institutions to make data on their undergraduate admission cohorts available to the public each year.

This information is intended to assist future and prospective undergraduate students understand the courses available to them, the typical student cohort each year and specific admission requirements.  The following information has been prepared to assist future and prospective undergraduate students to make informed decisions about studying at EQUALS.

Courses: Qualifications (recognised with the AQF) Annual enrolment numbers (2020 EFTSL*) Course Accreditation Status Location of delivery CRICOS Registered
Bachelor of Human Services

Nested qualifications include:

·  Diploma in Human Services

·  Associate Degree in Human Services  

28 Accredited On Campus, Adelaide Yes

* EFTSL included for currently offered courses only. Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Course enrolment by basis for admission

ATAR (or equivalent) HEd Course VET Course Mature Age Special Provision Professional Qualification Other
Total 3 7 18 0 0 0
Total % 10.7% 25% 64.3% 0% 0% 0%

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). 


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.




Mariē Chittleborough – Chief Executive Officer


Jeff Jones – Chief Financial Officer


Vahid Chittleborough – Chief Quality & Risk Officer


Melissa Slattery – Academic Manager (VET)


Samantha Ellis – Campus Manager


Khyati Gajjar – Business Development Manager

24 Hour Emergency Contact: 
In the event of an emergency please contact 0432 635 249


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



Katina Jones – Founder and Chair

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 for over 30 years to ensure that EQUALS’ spiritual principles and mission are brought to life through an enduring commitment to developing human potential through education.  

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. 

Professor Paul Babie – Deputy Chair, Independent Member
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.  






Helen Edwards – Independent Member

Helen’s career began as a student nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital where she graduated as Dux of the State Nursing Exam and ended as a Health Commissioner of the South Australian Health Commission.  In the intervening three decades Helen was Dux of the Adelaide Children’s Hospital Paediatric Certificate, Team leader of the South Australian Adolescent Health Research Project, Chief Executive Officer of Family Planning and Registrar of the Nurses Board of South Australia for 8 years.

Helen has been President of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Association and Chair of Adelaide Hills Tourism.  Her extensive board experience includes The Australian Press Council, St Peters College, the Guardianship Board of SA and The Australian Association for Adolescent Health. Helen is currently a Non Executive Director of the National Wine Centre and South Australian Tourism Commission.


Wendy MacDonald – External Member  

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.


Vahid Chittleborough – Chief Quality & Risk 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.


Mariē Chittleborough – Chief Executive Officer

Mariē has over 18 years experience in the independent education and training sector, the last 10 in senior leadership roles.  She 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).

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 is available here.

Click here to access our Statement on Tuition Assurance.


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, industry experts and members of EQUALS’ academic staff.  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 Peter Majewski – Independent Chair

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 broad 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.

Professor Hugh Grantham – Independent Member

Hugh was educated at the Medical School London and subsequently moved to Australia in 1983. He started in general practice in Mildura and was recruited to Adelaide to lead the clinical development of the Ambulance Service in 1992.  Hugh was Medical Director of the South Australian Ambulance Service until 2011 and inaugural Professor of Paramedics at Flinders University until 2019.

Engaged in postgraduate medical emergency education since 1990, Hugh has developed a range of education programs in paramedics, including postgraduate paramedic courses. He is currently the Senior Educator for the National Advanced Life Support program run by the Australian Resuscitation Council and teaches for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the College of Surgeons, the College of Sports Physicians.   He is also the State Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council and National Facilitator for the basic life-support committee of the National Council.  His educational interests include emergency medicine and interdisciplinary education.

Further, Hugh holds the Humanitarian Services Medal for leading overseas humanitarian aid teams in disasters and the Ambulance Service Medal for development of the Ambulance Service.


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. 

Mariē Chittleborough – Chief Executive Officer

Mariē has over 18 years experience in the independent education and training sector, the last 10 in senior leadership roles.  She 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).


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

Please check Seek for current vacancies.  

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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.

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Partnership with JFA Purple Orange (Julia Farr Association)



EQUALS is collaborating with Purple Orange, a disability research and advocacy organisation working in disability employment. 

The issue:  We know that people living with intellectual disability experience low rates of employment in Australia and when they are employed, they are less likely to work in sustainable employment than their peers with other types of disability. 

The aged care sector is a growing industry with high recruitment needs. The Aged Care Strategy Taskforce has identified that innovative models are required to improve attraction and retention rates of employees The Taskforce also recommends that such models target diverse groups including young people and people with a disability.

The solution:  We know that employing people living with a disability can bring benefits to the culture of an organisation and to the quality of care provided to residents. This project showcases how targeting people with a disability for employment in aged care is a strategic and viable approach for aged care providers to expand their talent pool and improve retention rates. This project is focused on uncovering the barriers to participation and identifying the steps required to address those barriers and assist people with a disability to gain access to employment in aged care.

This project will explore what a successful traineeship program in the aged care sector looks like for people living with a disability, and particularly an intellectual disability. The goal is to develop a model that can be replicated, and implemented, sector-wide.

Project Overview:  Under their Road to Employment project (a three-year project funded by the Department of Social Services), Purple Orange has established a Disability Employment Industry Working Group in aged care (DEIWG). The group will explore how organisations can increase their  confidence in working with people with a disability and how, together with industry, it can  work collaboratively with the sector to improve employment opportunities for people living with a disability. This project leverages the work already underway in this space. Having worked in this project for the past 18 months, Purple Orange has established two working groups, successfully bringing together representatives from aged care and finance to identify the needs of the sector and ways to facilitate change at an industry and organisational level.

The project has two major phases.  With the support of the Government of South Australia, the first stage has involved EQUALS International and Purple Orange, working together to establish a workforce plan that details an approach to engaging new staff living with disability through a traineeship.  The second phase of the project will see the traineeship plan roll out across a number of committed and enthusiastic aged care employers across South Australia.  Aged care partners include St Anna’s Residential Aged Care Home, ECH, Eldercare, Kalyra Communities, and Amber Aged Care.

If you’re excited to know more, please contact us

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