Research papers

Gender equality is the result of a number of complex issues. The Agency produces insight papers that draw on both the data and academic research to investigate both the causes and impacts of gender inequality. The evidence-based papers listed below offer deeper insights into topics such as negotiation in the workplace, parental leave, women's economic security in retirement, unpaid care work, mentoring and sponsorship and targets and quotas.

The Business Council of Australia, McKinsey & Company and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency teamed up to undertake a study using three years of WGEA data and more than 40 interviews. The result, Women in Leadership: Lessons from Australian companies leading the way, provides an evidence-based recipe for dismantling barriers to women’s participation at senior levels and a correlation between representation of women in senior roles and the practice of normalising flexible work.

This paper explores the different parental leave policies available in OECD countries and offers suggestions for increasing the share of men using parental leave.