Workplace Gender Equality Procurement Principles and User Guide

The Australian Government’s revised procurement policy connected to the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Act) came into effect on 1 August 2013.

The Workplace Gender Equality Procurement Principles and User Guide (the Principles) outlines the steps employers who wish to participate in Government procurement processes must take to comply with the policy.

Where the Principles apply, non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees in Australia must supply a letter of compliance with their tender submission or prior to contracting with the Australian Government.

Letters of compliance are issued by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

The Principles replace the former contract compliance policy connected to the Act (formerly named the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999).

The Principles are a central component of the Government’s commitment to fairer and more consistent measures for ensuring the Government only deals with organisations who comply with the Act.

The Government is committed to improving access to the Australian Government marketplace. In addition to providing clarity to employers, the Principles will help reduce unnecessary complexity for Government agencies, making it easier for businesses to sell to Government.

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