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Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

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The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is pleased to announce 76 organisations have been awarded the inaugural WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation.

Like its predecessor, the Employer of Choice for Women citation, the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation will deliver a significant advantage to citation holders in differentiating their employer brand and attracting and retaining top talent.

Developed in consultation with previous citation holders, the EOCGE criteria serve as a comprehensive ‘roadmap’ for change, guiding employers on how to develop leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of female and male talent.

The new citation is also aligned with reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and reflects the change in focus of the legislation to promote and improve gender equality outcomes for both women and men.

In fact, 2014 applications highlight a growing recognition of the need to integrate men into diversity initiatives with a focus on promoting acceptance around men taking parental leave and working flexibly. 
 
The 76 organisations that have been awarded the citation in 2014 come from a diverse mix of organisations and industries and demonstrate that it is not only large organisations that realise the value of taking a strategic and systematic approach to achieving a gender diverse workforce.

A full list of the 2014 citation holders can be downloaded here.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this citation, organisations must be compliant with the Act and must meet all prerequisites.

Some of the prerequisites relate to questions included in the annual compliance report. An indicative format of how to answer your compliance report to be eligible to apply for the citation is available here. For questions that are not prerequisites, answering ‘No’ will not prevent an employer from being successful with their application.

For all prerequisites, including those that do not relate to the annual compliance report, download the criteria and guide to citation to determine your eligibility.

Application

Process and timing
The application process is online, flowing on from compliance reporting. Online applications open on 1 April and close on 31 July annually with the list of successful applicants announced in November each year. Applications for the EOCGE citation are confidential and accessed with an AUSkey.

Format
The online application comprises a series of additional 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.

The Agency will conduct a 15-minute telephone interview with any new CEO who has not previously participated in an EOCGE interview.

Recognition
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.

Fees
Annual application fee: $750 (reduced to $400 for applicants in the not-for-profit sector)

If your organisation would like to apply for the citation in 2015, download the criteria and guide to citation.