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Workplace gender equality: call for public comments



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Thursday 10 January 2013

Workplace gender equality: call for public comments

Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion is urging anyone in Wakefield with a passion to improve gender equality at work to contribute to the next stage of the Australian Government’s landmark workplace gender equality reforms.

The introduction of the Workplace Gender Equality Act in November means employers with 100 or more employees will be required from 2014 to provide information against a standard set of gender equality indicators in their workplace.

“The Government is currently consulting on the specific reporting detail contained in the gender equality indicators,” Nick Champion said.

“It’s a great opportunity for interested people in Wakefield to let the Government know your priorities.

“The consultation process and the development of the reporting matters will help increase understanding of what’s most important in improving gender equality in the workplace.

“Measures of outcomes could include the number of men and women at different levels in an organisation, the proportion of employees using parental leave, occupations by gender and part-time work by gender.

“Other reporting matters could be about practical ways in which employers promote workplace gender equality.

“These could include flexible working conditions, strategies for dealing with gender-based discrimination, consultation with employees on gender equality, talent identification processes and child care provision,” Nick Champion said.

The issues brief is available at http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/publications-articles/consultation-process-to-develop-reporting-matters-under-the-workplace-gender-equality-act or by contacting the Office for Women on 02 6146 1861.

Written comments are invited by 29 January 2013. Submissions can be sent to women@fahcsia.gov.au.

Media Contact: Mathew Werfel 8284 2422 - 0417 805 384

Media Release Nick Champion MP Federal Member for Wakefield