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Whilst this situation is extraordinary, working from home and flexible working arrangements are not new concepts and, in fact, are key enablers of achieving workplace gender equality. The Agency has developed comprehensive resources to help you plan and implement these arrangements. 

AS COVID-19 continues to cause disruption in many workplaces, the Agency has decided to delay the start and extend the report submission period for 2020 to assist employers who may need some additional time to prepare and submit compliance reports.

Women face greater risk of economic insecurity in retirement than men. To be economically secure in retirement means to be financially secure through a steady income and/or other resources to support a decent standard of living in the foreseeable future.

119 organisations have received the citation this year, which recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces.

A list of the 2019-20 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holders by state.

A list of the 2019-20 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holders by industry.

A list of the current WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holders.

This year marks 50 years since the landmark 1969 equal pay decision that first saw Australian women win the right to be paid the same as men for doing the same work, or work of equal or comparable value. 

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.

Australia’s workforce remains highly gender segregated

Across the workforce, women and men are concentrated in different industries. Of 19 industries, just eight have at least 40% women and men. Women are concentrated in Health Care and Social Assistance and Education and Training and are least represented in Construction and Mining.

Mining, Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Public Administration and Safety, and Administrative and Support Services are the only four industries where women are not under-represented in management compared to representation across the industry. All other industries, even female-dominated ones, have a lower proportion of women in management compared to women in the workforce. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17.2pp), Financial and Insurance Services (13.7pp), Arts and Recreation Services (13.8pp) and Wholesale Trade (11.6pp) have the biggest gap between representation of women in the workforce and representation of women in management.

2019 Scorecard table 7 - proportion of female employees and management by industry

Where do women and men work?

Women’s workforce participation is concentrated in a few large industries. Health Care and Social Assistance is by far the largest employer of women, followed by Education and Training and Retail Trade.

Men are more evenly spread across the workforce than women, although they have low representation in the highly-feminised
industry of Health Care and Social Assistance.

2019 Scorecard table 8 - gender composition by industry

Workforce composition by gender dominance

Over half of Australian employees work in industries that are dominated by one gender. An organisation or industry is classified as gender mixed if it has at least 40% representation of both women and men.

2019 Scorecard chart 15 - industry segregation