The Gender Equality Reporting program for the Commonwealth public sector is one of three programs in the WGEA Portal. It is an annual requirement for all Commonwealth public sector ‘relevant employers’ under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Act).
The decision follows the Commonwealth Government's commitment to update the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 to require public sector reporting to WGEA (mandatory from 2022-23) as part of its response to the Respect@Work report (2021). The States and Territories joined this commitment in late 2021, making an in-principle agreement at National Cabinet to provide public sector workforce data to WGEA.
By submitting your report, you’re meeting your compliance obligations and contributing to the Agency’s world-leading dataset on gender equality in Australian workplaces. The process can also help you identify gender equality issues and put action plans in place.
This reporting program is different to the Gender Equality Report for the private sector, the guide for this program can be found on the side menu of this page.
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Data transfer from the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC)
Where Australian public service (APS) workforce data is already captured by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), the APSC will provide this data directly to WGEA to remove duplication and simplify reporting for agencies.
- If you employ your staff under the Public Service Act 1999 you must select ‘yes’ to the ‘bulk upload’ options when registering your employers details.
- Data for questions 1-4 of the Workforce Management Statistics section will be transferred
- All of the data required for the Workplace Profile section will be transferred
For employers where the APSC is transferring data:
- You must complete the questionnaire and questions 5-7 of the Workforce Management Statistics section and allow 12-24 hours for the transfer to take place, all sections will then be marked in the Portal as ‘completed’.
For employers where no transfer of data from the APSC is taking place:
- You must complete the Questionnaire, the full Workforce Management Statistics and Workplace Profile worksheets and upload them to the Portal.
Offline files to prepare your data
Below are the templates for the 2023 submission period (1 September to 31 October).
- The Questionnaire word version is for working purposes, it is not uploaded. You will complete the Questionnaire in a webform in the Portal.
- If you have agreed to transfer data from the APSC - please download the Workforce Management Statistics sheet that only has questions 5-7, you do not need to complete a Workplace Profile.
- Choose one type of Workplace Profile to complete – we recommend you use the Unit Level file in the first instance as it is the default file for all users.
After receiving feedback, we have created a duplicate version of the Questionnaire where the entire document contains unique question numbers (to simply the process of distribution and completion tracking where multiple parties are involved to answer the questionnaire) - this version can be downloaded below.
Help and support
For assistance or help with any WGEA reporting program please review the information in the reporting guides or use the search function on this page.
If you cannot find an answer to your question: