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Key to gender equality reporting

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Cite as: March 2014 88 (03) LIJ, p.17

A new secure online web portal which will streamline reporting requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Act) will be launched by April.

Access is via an AUSkey which is available from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) website.

The portal, overseen by the WGEA, will process reports covering the 2013-14 assessment and beyond.

The assessment period is from 1 April to 31 March and reports are due between 1 April and 31 May.

All information provided through the online portal will be treated in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 so reports made public when published will not include personal information, remuneration details or other private information.

From the 2013-14 reporting period, the requirements of the Act will be fully operational, although minimum standards will not apply until the 2014-15 reporting period.

Relevant employers (all non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees) are required to provide a workplace profile and complete a questionnaire. Employers report against a set of six standardised gender equality indicators (GEIs) which are set before the beginning of the reporting period.

The framework aims to reduce the regulatory burden on employers and encourage measures that improve gender equality outcomes by providing employers with a means of measuring progress in areas which are critical to workplace gender equality.

For those employers who cannot access online reporting, report forms will be available.

The reports gathered will generate a world-leading gender equality data set. WGEA will analyse the data and provide every reporting organisation with a confidential, customised benchmark report enabling them to compare their gender performance to other organisations in their industry and of a similar size.

In addition, following the reporting period, WGEA will make publicly available the aggregated results by industry and organisation size. This will provide the public with an unprecedented picture of gender equality in Australian workplaces while also informing policymakers, academics and researchers.

The data will also inform WGEA’s research activities and insights gained from analysis will be used to identify barriers to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. WGEA will develop practical toolkits and resources to help employers improve their performance on gender equality.

For information go to http://www.wgea.gov.au/report/reporting-2013-14-reporting-period.

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