How do you report?

If you are a relevant employer, you will need to determine if you are reporting as an individual entity or as part of a corporate structure.

  • Standalone entity – If you are a relevant employer and do not have a parent entity or an Australian based subsidiary you are required to submit one report using an AUSkey linked to the ABN of the organisation.
  • Entity part of a corporate structure – Organisations that are part of a corporate structure can submit a combined report if they belong to the same  ANZSIC division (e.g. Mining, Education) and where the roles and responsibilities of managers are similar. Organisations with less than 80 employees can be included in any other report from your group or submit their own report.

Relevant employers will need a standard AUSkey to report online and lodge their data through the WGEA portal.
This is a secure login that identifies you when you use participating government online services on behalf of a business – it is linked to an ABN and an email address and is generally approved by an AUSkey administrator in your organisation.

Find an AUSkey administrator

Administrators can issue a standard AUSkey linked to their organisation and are usually held by the Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary or the person who communicates with the ATO and Centrelink. If you do not have a standard AUSkey you will need to check whether there is an administrator AUSkey holder for your organisation.

If your organisation doesn’t have an administrator, someone who is registered as an office bearer or associate of the business with the Australian Business Register (ABR) will need to contact AUSkey - 1300 287 539 - to obtain one.

Apply for a standard AUSkey

Report contacts can apply directly online for a standard AUSkey through the website.

Administrator AUSkey holders can also apply for a standard AUSkey on behalf of report contacts through their website by logging into AUSkey Manager and completing a registration which requires the report contact’s full legal name and email address.

  1. Click ‘Portal login’ from the top right corner of the Agency website, ensure that you are using the computer to which the AUSkey credential was downloaded
  2. You will be redirected to a confirmation and then to the Australian Business Register website to select your AUSkey credential
  3. Enter your password and click ‘continue’ to be directed to the WGEA portal
  4. The tab ‘Reporting’ will contain all the necessary steps for you to submit your data

AUSkey is a government security credential issued by the Australian Business Register and may not work if changes to your network or system have recently occurred. If you experience any errors:

  • Ensure that you are using the computer that the AUSkey credential was downloaded to
  • If there are no redirects from the WGEA website please ensure that the full web address ‘www.wgea.gov.au’ is in the URL
  • If you experience any errors please try clearing your internet cache, or try using a different browser, or verifying the Java version on your system and update if necessary

For issues relating to the log in installation or the software itself please contact AUSkey directly for assistance on 1300 287 539.

Organisations that report to the Agency are required to keep their details up to date. After logging in to the WGEA portal you can select the tab ‘Organisation’ to view all details and make any necessary changes. You can change who will be your primary report contact, add or remove report contacts and update information on things such as emails, phone numbers and addresses.

Some details such as updating a new CEO/Head of business or ABN/Legal name and reporting hierarchy changes are sent as requests for the Agency to review before making the change, this does not hold up the submission of your report as you can still report online while the changes are being reviewed. 

The ANZSIC system is the national framework for classifying business entities based on their primary business activity for use in the compilation and analysis of industry statistics in Australia and New Zealand. Expressed as a four digit code, the ANZSIC framework is used to classify and benchmark your data against your relevant industry, subdivision, group, and class.

The ABS website provides specific definitions and a list of primary activities and exclusions of each industry class to assist in determining the correct industry required. For further information, please refer to the ABS reference guide.

Once you have logged in and checked your organisations details you can now begin the 6 step reporting process by clicking ‘start or edit report’ from the Reporting tab of the Portal. The first step displays the organisation details you have just checked over - to confirm, check the box and click 'submit' to complete this step.

Workplace profile worksheets

These are the blank workplace profile template worksheets for both the unit level and aggregated options to be used to prepare your workplace profile data.

Salary calculator

This calculator helps organisations convert the salaries of casual, part-time, contract or part-year employees to annualised, full-time equivalent salaries for use in the workplace profile.

Reporting Videos

Upcoming Q&A Webinars

Between April and May we are holding a series of webinars to answer all of your general reporting questions. 

For more details and to register, please visit: 

Reporting to the WGEA: General Q&A Webinar