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, online applications will be available in August and applications close on 30 September. Meantime, the criteria check-list is available to determine your eligibility. An offline EOCGE questionnaire will also be available mid-June should you wish to use this to prepare your information in advance. This will make it easy for you to copy and paste into the portal when it opens.
The reference date for information provided in the application is 30 September in the current year. For example, for applications received in 2021, any requirement that needs to have taken place in the past two years relates to the two years prior to 30 September 2021 (i.e. 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2021).
The list of successful applicants is announced in mid-late February of the following year.
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.