Take action

Businesses that take action to improve workplace gender equality are often more profitable and productive. The policies and strategies they implement help to improve recruitment, retention and reputation. 

This page contains tools, guides and case studies to help you take action to improve workplace gender equality in your business. Scroll down to browse all the areas where you can make a difference. Or use the left-hand column to jump straight to the section you need.

Business strategy and planning

Make a business case for promoting gender equality in your workplace.

WGEA's gender strategy guide shows you how to analyse, design, implement and review changes that will improve workplace gender equality. 

WGEA's Gender Equality diagnostic tool will help you pinpoint equality gaps in your organisation. 

Employer gender pay gaps and pay equity

Use the WGEA gender pay gap calculator to find out the size of your gender pay gap. 

This step-by-step guide will help you address gender pay gaps and their causes.

Find out how to address gender pay gaps when your business uses awards and agreements. 

Confused by the gender pay gap? WGEA's gender pay gap guide explains what the gender pay gap is, what it isn't, how it is measured and what causes it. 

The gender pay gap is a simple calculation that always stays the same. What changes is how people define ‘pay’ or ‘remuneration’.

Why KPMG calculates and publishes its gender pay gap each year in the firm’s annual ‘Impact Report.’

Women in leadership

Increasing the number of women in leadership reduces the gender pay gap, improves profitability and productivity. 

This guide will help you to set realistic targets to improve gender diversity in your business. 

Evidence-based insights from Australian companies on how to dismantle barriers to women's participation at senior levels. 

In 2016, Griffith University launched a program to increase the number of women in leadership. Find out what they did that resulted in 10 women being promoted.  

Research shows women face a backlash negotiating salary and men face a backlash for negotiating flexible work. 

What's the difference between mentoring and sponsorship? And which one has the best outcomes for workplace gender equality?

Flexible work

A formal policy states the principles, guidelines and procedures for flexible work. Find out what you need to know to write one. 

Calculate your organisation's flexibility score and find out how you can improve. 

WGEA's flexible work guide details best practice for employers and includes a diagnostic tool to check how your organisation is performing. 

Are you an employee thinking about flexible work? This guide will help you sort through all the options available. 

Use this guide to understand your role as a manager of flexible workers.

Find out how you can develop the leadership skills to implement more flexible ways of working. 

Parental leave

How to build a business case, implement and review a parental leave policy. 

How the distribution of caring work between men and women causes unequal labour market outcomes. 

Use this guide to ensure your parental leave policies are gender equitable. 

How Stockland improved return to work rates by 20% and employee engagement by changing its parental leave policy. 

Men make up 42% of all parental leave taken at John Holland. Find out how, and why, they did it. 

Employee support

How to support people performing caring roles in the workplace, and ensure they’re not penalised.

How to tackle and eliminate these issues in the workplace.

Resources to help implement family violence policies and support.

This useful guide will help you bring employees along on your journey to workplace gender equality 

Recruitment and promotion

Use this guide to help identify and remove gender bias from interviews, selection criteria, employee feedback and 'merit' promotion. 

Need help to prove that gender bias in recruitment and promotion exists? This page runs through all the research and studies. 

Kimberly-Clark Australia's Millicent Mill site has zero female hires in 2019. Find out how changes in recruitment resulted the workforce becoming 50:50. 

Help for small business

WGEA's 3-step pay equity guide will help small businesses address pay equity issues. 

These two examples show how a small business can conduct a pay gap analysis. 

Become a recognised leader

Learn how to apply for our Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.

We can collaborate with employers to improve gender equality for all - find out how.