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.
Organisations looking to implement a gender equality strategy will find the following resources useful:
WGEA’s Gender Strategy Toolkit includes self-assessment tool and support for building a business case
WGEA’s eLearning portal
- Asciano: Communicating the diversity strategy throughout the workplace (PDF File 1.2 MB)
- Asian Development Bank: Walking the talk on women's empowerment (PDF File 417.2 KB)
- Canberra Grammar School: Ensuring gender equality is embedded in the next generationf (PDF File 831.4 KB)
- Florey Institute: Retaining talent in male-dominated industries (PDF File 1.5 MB)
- Hospitality organisation: Building the business case for gender equality (PDF File 817.5 KB)
- INPEX Australia: Drawing on the full range of available talent (PDF File 392.6 KB)
- Jacobs: Making gender equality the responsibility of all (PDF File 494.2 KB)
- Myer Family Company: Building a gender-inclusive organisational culture (PDF File 661.0 KB)
- St Vincent de Paul: Gender equality in a female-dominated workplace (PDF File 682.3 KB)
- SwanCare: Achieving gender equality from top to bottom (PDF File 690.0 KB)