Everything you need to know about the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation
The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation recognises, encourages and promotes organisations with an active commitment to workplace gender equality.
WGEA accepts new applications for the voluntary leading practice program each year. Successful organisations will hold the citation for two years.
EOCGE organisations must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. They must also meet all the assessment criteria.
WGEA's EOCGE criteria spans seven focus areas:
- Leadership, strategy and accountability
- Developing a gender-balanced workforce
- Gender pay equity
- Support for caring
- Mainstreaming flexible work
- Preventing sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and discrimination, and bullying.
- Driving change beyond your workplace
These seven areas reflect the latest academic research in how employers can improve workplace gender equality. WGEA also consulted gender equality experts and practitioners, industry groups and employers.
During the application process WGEA will assess employees’ experience through a consultation process. Applicants can also highlight any outstanding initiatives they have undertaken.
How to become a WGEA Employer of Choice
Employers who do not currently hold a WGEA Employer of Choice citation will need to enrol in the EOCGE program in the WGEA Employer portal. To apply for the 2023-25 citation, enrol in the 2023-25 EOCGE program.
Enrolled applications must complete the online questionnaire and application in the WGEA Employer Portal between 1 June and the due date of 30 September 2023. The information provided in your 2023-25 application must cover the 12 months from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023.
In 2022 WGEA conducted a five-year review of the Employer of Choice citation. The details of this review and a revised guide to the citation criteria will be available on this website to help you with your application soon.
How to renew your EOCGE citation
Organisations holding the 2021-23 citation who wish to renew for a further two years will also need to enrol in the 2023-25 EOCGE program in the WGEA Employer Portal. Once enrolled, employers should submit an online renewal application between 1 June and the due date of 30 September 2023. Information provided in your 2023-25 application must cover the period 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2023.
Note that WGEA introduced one new requirement to the citation in 2022. This requirement is related to employer funded parental leave. Renewing employers must meet the new criteria to be eligible for the citation. For more information see the last requirement under 4.2 in the 2022-24 Guide to Citation below.
WGEA will provide an offline Word version of the renewal application form and a 2023-25 Guide to Citation to assist you in preparing your application soon.
2022-24 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation guides and forms
2022-24 Guide to EOCGE Citation
The 2022-24 WGEA Employer of Choice citation guide details the requirements employers need to meet to hold the EOCGE citation. It also includes helpful information on why being an EOCGE citation holder makes good business sense.
COMING SOON: 2023-25 Guide to Citation and resources
WGEA will add the new Guide to Citation and resources here as soon as they are available.
How much does the WGEA Employer of Choice citation cost?
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.
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A list of the current WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holders.