To be eligible to apply for this citation, organisations must be compliant with the Act and must meet all criteria.
The citation application process is separate from compliance reporting. As a result, the compliance reports do not contain any validations for WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) eligibility.
Any employer who believes they meet the criteria is able to complete and submit their EOCGE application via the reporting portal. You will need to log into the portal with an AUSkey.
Where there is a criterion, your organisation will need to confirm it meets the criterion and provide supporting information. Please download the EOCGE guide to citation document to determine your eligibility.
Process and timing
The timeframe for the submission of applications opens on 1 June and closes on 30 September annually. The list of successful applicants are announced in February of the following year.
The online application comprises a series of questions under seven focus areas and an examination of the employees' lived experience. In answering questions 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, an offline questionnaire will be available soon.
The Agency will conduct a 15 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.
The revised citation is awarded for two years, with applications from new applicants accepted each year.
Successful applicants will enjoy recognition as an EOCGE employer and be authorised to use the EOCGE logo for a period of 24 months from the announcement date of the successful application.
An annual fee of $1950 (including GST) is applicable to maintain the high standard of assessment. On initial application, or subsequent renewal, $1950 will be payable at the time of submission of the online application. In the intervening year, employers will be invoiced separately for $1950. (If the application fee is a barrier to applying for the EOCGE citation, please contact WGEA to discuss further.)