What is the employer of choice citation?
The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation commenced in 2014 and is a leading practice recognition program that aims to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
The citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and recognises that gender equality is increasingly critical to an organisation’s success and is viewed as a baseline feature of well-managed and leading organisations.
Criteria for the citation cover leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination and targets for improving gender equality outcomes. Criteria are strengthened each year to reflect best practice.
How was it developed?
The citation was developed in consultation with leading academics in workplace gender equality and previous citation holders.
The criterion reflect the areas focused on by organisations that have elevated gender equality as a business imperative and provides a basis for moving beyond compliance and leading the way in gender equality with sustainable and measurable outcomes.
Who is eligible for the citation?
Relevant organisations that report to the Agency under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, may apply for the citation if they satisfy the necessary eligibility criteria.
2019-20 EOCGE revised citation
In 2017 the Agency commissioned a strategic review of the EOCGE citation to ensure it continues to reflect best practice and remains relevant and accessible to employers.
The review was wide-ranging and included an assessment of the latest academic research into drivers of improved gender equality outcomes, analysis of other leading-practice programs, interviews with gender equality experts and practitioners, submissions from industry groups, employer surveys and focus groups.
This review process has resulted in some significant changes to the citation, which will come into effect for applications submitted in 2019.
Download the 2019-20 guide to citation to learn more about the revised program.