In 2016 for the 2015–16 reporting period and onwards, a relevant employer will comply with the Act if it:
- lodges a report containing required information each year on time
- complies with the notification and access requirements
- meets minimum standards or, if a minimum standard is not met, makes improvements against it by the end of two further reporting periods
- has the report signed by the chief executive officer (CEO)
- if asked, gives the Agency information for the purpose of reviewing compliance
- does not give false or misleading information in a report, or when providing information as requested by the Agency for the purpose of reviewing compliance with the Act.
The Agency may review a relevant employer’s compliance with the Act by seeking further information from the employer. We may do this on a random basis and may also take into account comments made to us by employees or employee organisations when determining if a review is to be conducted.
The Agency issues compliance letters to confirm that an organisation is compliant with its obligations under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
If your organisation is currently reporting compliance letters are available to download from the online portal after the assessment period, that is, 28 days after submitting a report. For organisations that are relevant employers and have never reported to the Agency before, this letter is supplied at the time of registering with WGEA, then annually after the relevant employer submits a compliant report to the Agency. See the reporting registration guidelines.
If your organisation is not required to report the Agency, you can request a letter confirming your organisation is not covered under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. This may be required for tender purposes. Please contact the Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the relevant employer’s ABN.
- the Agency may name a non-compliant employer in a report to the Minister or by electronic or other means
- non-compliant employers may not be eligible to tender for contracts under the Commonwealth and some state procurement frameworks and may not be eligible for some Commonwealth grants or other financial assistance.