Gender Equality Strategy


Did you know that…

…Australia’s gender wage gap is above the OECD average?

…women make up around 26% of the top three management layers in Australian organisations with 100 or more employees?

research shows that more diversity in senior leadership roles has a positive effect on a range of workplace indicators, including staff satisfaction and productivity?

In spite of this…

…only 13% of Australian businesses have a strategy for implementing flexible work policies that take into account family and caring responsibilities.

…only 7% of Australian businesses take a strategic approach to gender equality.

The Centre for Workplace Leadership was commissioned by the Department of Employment to examine how organisations can be supported in taking a more sustainable and integrated approach to gender equality. 10 organisations, covering a range of industrial sectors, locations and workplace sizes, worked with the CWL to take stock of their current progress towards gender equality and receive tailored recommendations to help them embed a more strategic approach.

The observations we made in our work with the 10 organisations provide some general direction for other organisations that are looking to take a more long-term and strategic approach to gender equality. A case study of each one highlights a particular issue that can apply to a range of workplaces. The case studies discuss the specific issue, detail the recommendations made and signpost further useful resources.

A final report of the project details the process undertaken in assessing each organisation. It also provides further examples of recommendations in areas such as flexibility, manager/leader capability and measurement/reporting. Drawing on the WGEA’s Gender Strategy Toolkit, the report provides advice to leaders seeking to embed a gender equality strategy in their workplace. Suggestions include:

  • using the WGEA’s diagnostic tool within the Gender Strategy Toolkit to map the organisation’s current position;
  • using educational resources provided by WGEA to gain an understanding at leadership level of how gender equality is important to their organisation;
  • building a business case for gender equality that is specific to the organisation.

Key Resources

Organisations looking to implement a gender equality strategy will find the following resources useful:

Workplace Gender and Equality Strategy Project Final Report

WGEA’s Gender Strategy Toolkit includes self-assessment tool and support for building a business case

WGEA’s eLearning portal

WGEA’s Gender Equality resource centre

AHRC toolkit on women in male-dominated workplaces

Women’s Empowerment Principles at UN Global Compact and UN Women

Case Studies