About the Agency

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

The Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

We work collaboratively with employers providing advice, practical tools and education to help them improve their gender performance. Our staff are workplace gender equality specialists and  provide industry-specific advice.

We also work with employers to help them comply with the reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. This reporting framework aims to encourage measures that improve gender equality outcomes and has been designed to minimise the regulatory burden on business.

The Agency uses the reporting data to develop educational Competitor Analysis Benchmark Reports based on six gender equality indicators. The reports can be customised by industry and organisation size and enable employers to identify areas for focus, develop informed strategies and measure performance against peers over time.

We are committed to promoting and contributing to understanding, acceptance and public debate of gender equality issues in the workplace. We work collaboratively with employers, business, industry and professional associations, academics and researchers, equal opportunity networks and women’s groups and regularly speak at private and public events on workplace gender issues.

About the Workplace Gender Equality Act

The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act) replaced the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999. The legislation aims to improve and promote equality for both women and men in the workplace.

The principle objects of the Act are to:

  • promote and improve gender equality (including equal remuneration between women and men) in employment and in the workplace
  • support employers to remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce
  • 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)
  • foster workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning gender equality in employment and in the workplace
  • improve the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of gender equality in employment and in the workplace.

 

    Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012

    The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency that:

    • promotes and improves workplace gender equality
    • administers the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act).

    The Act’s main goals are to:

    • promote and improve workplace gender equality, including equal remuneration between women and men
    • promote consultation between employers and employees about workplace gender equality
    • recognise women’s disadvantage in the workforce and help employers remove barriers that stop them from fully and equally participating
    • encourage employers to end gender discrimination, including for family and caring responsibilities
    • boost Australian business productivity and competitiveness by advancing workplace gender equality.