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.
Guide to EOCGE Citation
Download the 2022-24 Guide to Citation for information on the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) program, including why being an EOCGE citation holder makes good business sense, and what requirements need to be met if your organisation is applying this year.
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 reflect 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.
Applications for 2022-24 are to be completed offline, and can be accessed further down the page. Once completed, you will be able to upload the application into the portal, the full instructions for this process are contained in the application document.
Please refer to the 2022-24 Guide to Citation and other documents below for a summary of the citation and criteria.
Organisations that submitted applications in 2020 and were awarded the 2020-22 citation will need to submit a renewal application by 30 September 2022 if they want to continue to be recognised as an EOCGE.
Organisations that submitted applications in 2021 and were awarded the 2021-23 citation will need to submit a renewal application in 2023 if they want to continue to be recognised as an EOCGE.
2022-24 EOCGE Criteria Summary
This document contains a top-level summary of the EOCGE criteria in a format that enables you to record which criteria you already meet and which ones need to be actioned. To determine your eligibility for the EOCGE criteria, please refer to the full EOCGE Criteria Checklist to assist with that process.
2022-24 EOCGE Criteria Checklist
The Agency has created a Criteria Checklist for 2022-24 applicants to assist in preparing for your WGEA EOCGE citation application.
2022-24 EOCGE Application Questionnaires
The EOCGE citation is awarded for two years, with application questionnaires from new applicants accepted each year.
In 2022, the application deadline is 30th September. Organisations wishing to apply for the 2022-24 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation will need to register in the WGEA Employer Portal from 1st August 2022. The application itself will be an offline document and will be available to download from this website from 1st August. To apply, organisations will need to upload their completed application, supporting evidence and completed payment form to the WGEA Employer Portal by 30th September 2022 to apply.
The reference period for information provided covers the period 1st October 2020 to 30th September 2022 for renewing applicants. For new applicants, information provided must cover the 12 months from 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2022.
The list of successful applicants will be announced in 2023.
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.