Relevant employers are required to report against a set of standardised gender equality indicators (GEIs). The specific matters for each GEI are set by the Minister in consultation with the Agency and other stakeholders and are outlined in the WGEA (Matters in relation to Gender Equality Indicators) Instrument 2013
The GEIs relate to areas that are critical to gender equality:
- GEI 1 - gender composition of the workforce
- GEI 2 - gender composition of governing bodies of relevant employers
- GEI 3 - equal remuneration between women and men
- GEI 4 - availability and utility of employment terms, conditions and practices relating to flexible working arrangements for employees and to working arrangements supporting employees with family or caring responsibilities
- GEI 5 - consultation with employees on issues concerning gender equality in the workplace
- GEI 6 - any other matters specified by the Minister: sex-based harassment and discrimination
Relevant employers are required to report annually to the Agency on both a workplace profile and a reporting questionnaire, structured around the six GEIs.
The Agency must submit a report to the Minister on the progress achieved in relation to the gender equality indicators every two years. Its first progress report for 2014-16 was tabled in Parliament in March 2017.