To be eligible to apply for this citation, organisations must be compliant with the Act and must meet all prerequisites.
From 2017, the citation application process will be separated from compliance reporting. As a result, the compliance reports will not contain any validations for EOCGE eligibility.
Any employer who believes they meet the prerequisites will be able to complete and submit their EOCGE application available on the “Recognition” tab, available once they log into the portal with their AUSkey.
Where there is a prerequisite, your organisation will need to confirm it meets the prerequisite and provide supporting information. Please download the Criteria and guide to citation document to determine your eligibility.
Process and timing
From 2017, there is a new time frame for the submission of applications, which will now open on 1 June and close on 30 September annually. The list of successful applicants will be announced in February of the following year. Applications for the EOCGE citation are accessed on the “Recognition” tab, which is available once you log into the Agency portal with an AUSkey. Applications for the EOCGE citation that are submitted to the Agency are confidential.
The online application comprises a series of questions under seven criteria in a survey format. In answering questions, where there is a prerequisite, you will need to confirm you meet that prerequisite. For all other questions, you will need to provide an answer, regardless of whether or not that initiative/process is in place in your organisation. To prepare for the online application, download the indicative format of the 2017 EOCGE questionnaire.
The Agency will conduct a 15-20 minute telephone interview with the CEO of organisations applying for the citation for the first time or where a CEO is new and has not participated in an EOCGE interview for that organisation. Additionally, as part of the assessment process, the Agency will continue to conduct interviews with a small number of randomly selected CEOs of current citation holders to assess their ongoing leadership commitment.
Being awarded the EOCGE citation will provide recipients with significant differentiation in a competitive marketplace. Successful applicants will enjoy recognition as an EOCGE employer and the use of the logo for a period of 12 months from the announcement of the EOCGE list each year.
Citation holders from 2016 will be able to continue to use the EOCGE logo until the new list is announced in February 2018.