Senior Partnerships Adviser
Thirteen business leaders from the built environment consulting sector have publicly expressed support for gender reporting.
The group, known as the Consult Australia Champions of Change, have issued a media release stating the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 provides a useful framework for helping to drive gender diversity in the workplace.
“All reporting regimes include an element of administrative burden but, as business leaders, we understand the primacy of data and the merits in making the effort to collect it,” said the group’s Chair Greg Steele, Managing Director – Australasia, Hyder Consulting.
“We support the principles of reporting as a valuable tool. The reporting rquirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 are a framework to help us achieve our workplace diversity and business growth goals. The important thing is to ensure that there is a good balance of efforts and rewards,” Mr Steele said.
The business leaders who have expressed their support for gender reporting include:
- Megan Motto, Chief Executive, Consult Australia
- Matt Harris, President, Consult Australia
- Greg Steele, Managing Director – Australasia, Hyder Consulting
- Peter Bailey, Chair and Chief Executive Officer - Australasia Region, Arup
- Gary Spence, Managing Director, Brown Consulting
- Phil Duthie, General Manager - Australia/New Zealand, GHD
- Adam Kilsby, Managing Director and Principal, Golder
- Mark Bruzzone, Managing Director, Government & Infrastructure, Australia, MWH
- Ian Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, NDY
- Melvyn Maylin, Managing Director Australia, Opus
- Mark Dimmock, Managing Director Australia-Pacific, Parsons Brinckerhoff
- John Pitt, Managing Director, Pitt & Sherry
- Michael Shirley, Group Vice President ANZ Infrastructure & Environment, Jacobs SKM
- Hari Poologasundram, Chief Operating Officer, Australia and New Zealand, SMEC
- Bob McGowan, Managing Director Australia, URS
From this year, reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency is based on a range of gender equality indicators including gender composition of the workforce, pay equity and flexible working arrangements, and will be focused on outcomes.
This ‘output’ data will provide an unprecedented picture of gender performance across Australian workplaces and the Agency will use the data to develop a customised, confidential benchmark report for each reporting employer. This benchmark report will be a powerful business intelligence tool. Employers will be able to compare their gender performance to their peers, identify areas for improvement and track the effectiveness of their gender equality strategies over time.
The government recently decided to delay by one year the introduction of some additional gender reporting requirements that had been due to commence in the 2014-15 reporting period, and to undertake further consultation on changes to the existing reporting framework.
Arup chair and CEO – Australasia Region, Peter Bailey said this consultation process presented an opportunity “to increase support for collecting, reporting on, and analysing gender equality data that will deliver huge benefits to the business sector and the economy in gender.”
The Consult Australia Champions of Change join other leaders who have recently stated that gender reporting is a valuable exercise, including:
- Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev
- Citibank CEO Stephen Roberts
- ANZ Bank CEO Mike Smith
- Martin Parkinson, Treasury Secretary