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There is a lot of exciting progress in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry, with leading employers like Aurecon at the forefront. This engineering, design and infrastructure advisory company set their sights on improving gender balance in their workforce, with tangible results.

Thanks to a new report produced by the University of Queensland, we now have definitive proof of something our Agency has long suspected: that the Employer of Choice Gender Equality citation (EOCGE, the citation) is driving improved gender equality outcomes in Australian workplaces.

Big news: the 2020 leaders in Australian workplace gender equality have been announced! The EOCGE citation has been in place since 2014 and is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

The Agency is currently transitioning from AUSkey to myGovID. As part of this transition, and to minimise potential disruption to reporting organisations, we have temporarily removed access to the online reporting portal.

The availability of employer-funded paid parental leave has reached its highest level in the six-year dataset. This might be a cause for celebration if not for the fact that one in two workplaces provide no access to paid parental leave to their employees.

Parental leave continues to be a major feature of Australian workplaces and can provide employers with a competitive edge in the labour market when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. However, men’s access to and uptake of this entitlement remains low. So, why aren’t more men taking parental leave?