The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations' active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
To be eligible to apply for the EOCGE citation, organisations must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and must meet all the EOCGE assessment criteria.
The criteria for the citation cover seven focus areas. These reflects findings from the latest academic research into drivers of improved gender equality outcomes and consultation with gender equality experts and practitioners, industry groups and employers.
- Leadership, strategy and accountability
- Developing a gender-balanced workforce
- Gender pay equity
- Support for caring
- Mainstreaming flexible work
- Preventing gender-based harassment and discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying
- Driving change beyond your workplace
The citation also assesses employees’ lived experience within the workplace through a consultation process; and applicants have the opportunity to highlight any outstanding initiatives that are driving change towards gender equality in their organisations.
For a top-level summary of the EOCGE criteria to highlight current, new and future requirements please refer to the EOCGE criteria summary checklist:
The EOCGE citation is awarded for two years, with application questionnaires from new applicants accepted each year.
In 2021, applications close on 31 October. The application needs to be completed and uploaded into the WGEA platform.
The reference date for information provided is the due date for applications. For example, for applications in 2021, requirements that need to have taken place in the past two years relate to the two years prior to 31 October 2021 (1 October 2019 to 31 October 2021).
The list of successful applicants will be announced in March 2022.
An annual fee of $1,950 (including GST) is applicable to maintain the high standard of assessment. The fee covers the cost to the Agency of administering the citation.
The non-refundable fee for two years is $3,900 (including GST). Half of the fee ($1,950) is payable on submission of your application, the other half is payable in the interim year. A separate invoice for $1,950 will be issued in the interim year.
If the application fee is a barrier to applying for the EOCGE citation, please contact WGEA to discuss further.
Development of the citation
Commencing in 2014, the citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and recognises that gender equality is increasingly critical to an organisation’s success and is viewed as a baseline feature of well-managed and leading organisations.
As part of the Agency’s commitment to continually improving the standard of leading practice in workplace gender equality, every five years the Agency reviews the citation to ensure it continues to reflect best practice and remains relevant and accessible to employers. As such, the Agency reviewed citation in 2017, with a revised version developed and effective from 2019-20.
According to recent research, the EOCGE citation is driving improved gender equality outcomes in Australian workplaces.
2021 EOCGE citation online event
Below is a recording of the 2021 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation online event.