Consultation on reporting matters under the Workplace Gender Equality Act

On 6 December 2012 the Workplace Gender Equality Act (WGE Act) received Royal Assent.  This heralded in the first, and very important, implementation phase of the new Act.

The WGE Act requires that reporting matters, under the Gender Equality Indicators, be set by disallowable instrument prior to the start of the 2013 reporting cycle, forming the basis for reporting from 2014 onwards.

The aim of collecting this information is to assess gender equality in the workplace. Businesses should be able to identify their strengths and areas for improvement. Reporting will enable employers to consider their practices and outcomes from year to year, and in comparison with their industry peers.

The reporting matters will be developed in close consultation with key stakeholders including industry, business, employee organisations, higher education institutions, and other stakeholders with a special knowledge or interest in gender equality in the workplace.

The reporting matters should be useful for identifying and measuring progress, and encourage improvements in gender equality in the workplace.

The Act provides an opportunity for all stakeholder groups to identify the issues affecting gender equality in the workplace. The views of the business and broader community are important, and your participation in the development of the reporting matters is welcomed and encouraged.

The Issues Paper provides an outline of some key areas for consideration in the development of reporting matters. Submissions were sought from a broad range of stakeholders, including industry, business, employee organisations, higher education institutions, and other stakeholders with a special knowledge or interest in gender equality in the workplace. Submissions closed 29 January 2013.

You can view the WGE Act , the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 , the Explanatory Memorandum or the index page at the house of representatives website.

Information about the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and the review of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act (the EOWW Act) and Agency (EOWA) are also available.

List of Submissions Received

The organisations and individuals below have consented to public release of their submissions. However, a number have requested personal or contact details remain confidential. Please note that not all organisations or individuals who provided submissions to this consultation have consented to making their views publicly available.

The submissions on this page are owned by the relevant agencies and individuals and were correct at the time of publishing.

Content Updated: 17 May 2013