Workplace Gender Equality Act, 2012

The Workplace Gender Equality Act replaces the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act, 1999.  The amended act addresses gender equality in the workplace, with a focus on equal remuneration between women and men and the family and caring responsibilities of women and men as being central to achieving this outcome.

The principal objects of the Act are to:

  • Promote and improve gender equality (including equal remuneration between women and men) in employment and in the workplace
  • Support employers to remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce, in recognition of the disadvantaged position of women in relation to employment matters
  • Promote, amongst employers, the elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender in relation to employment matters (including in relation to family and caring responsibilities)
  • Foster workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning gender equality in employment and in the workplace
  • Improve the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of gender equality in employment and in the workplace

The Act covers all employers and requires higher education institutions and non-public sector organisations that employ a workforce of 100 or more to report annually to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency against a set of standardised Gender Equality Indicators.

Workplace Gender Equality Act, 2012

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