The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 requires non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees to submit a report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency between 1 April and 31 May each year for the preceding 12-month period (1 April – 31 March each year).
When reporting, all employees (headcount, not full-time equivalent) should be counted across all subsidiaries employing staff in Australia, this includes:
- casual and
- temporary employees of the employer
What is the purpose of the report?
Australia has come a long way in working towards gender equality however according to the Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency (who reviews and compiles all annual reports) the “gender gap in the Australian workforce is still prevalent. Women continue to earn less than men, are less likely to advance their careers as far as men, and accumulate less retirement or superannuation savings.”
As such, the purpose of annual reporting on gender in the workplace is to support organisations to:
- promote and improve gender equality (including equal remuneration between women and men) in employment and in the workplace; and
- support employers to remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce, in recognition of the disadvantaged position of women in relation to employment matters; and
- promote, amongst employers, the elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender in relation to employment matters (including in relation to family and caring responsibilities); and
- foster workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning gender equality in employment and in the workplace; and
- improve the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of gender equality in employment and in the workplace.
How do you report?
What information will I need to include in my report?
The two major parts of the report are your workplace profile (which are relevant pay statistics on all employees in your organisation) and the reporting questionnaire, which asks you a series of questions around gender equality in your organisation. For a step by step guide, click here.
What if I need help?
Liquid HR can work with you to complete your annual report and also support you in the development and implementation of initiatives to drive gender quality in your organisation. Please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1300 887 458
For further information visit https://www.wgea.gov.au/