Senior Partnerships Adviser
As Australian employers report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency this month and next, they can take comfort in the knowledge they have mastered a process other countries are rushing to imitate.
In the last six months numerous countries have created schemes requiring employers to measure, analyse and publish gender pay gaps.
Late last year the United Kingdom announced that employers with more than 250 staff will be required to publish their organisation’s gender pay gap on their website. The new measures will see pay data covering 8,000 British employers published and updated annually from 2018.
In January this year, just months after the British announcement, US President Barack Obama laid out new rules requiring American businesses who have over 100 employees, to submit gender pay data to a government commission.
The US and UK initiatives trail the current Australian reporting process, now in its third year.
The Australian reporting framework is arguably the most sophisticated, with employers also reporting on other gender equality indicators besides pay equity, including the gender breakdown of the workforce, the availability of flexible working arrangements, and the availability of support for employees experiencing domestic violence.
This generates a comprehensive picture of the state of gender equality across the workforce and Australian employers can be proud to be at cutting edge of efforts to improve gender equality internationally.