According to the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 if your organisation employs 100 or more people, it needs to report, publicly and in writing, on over 50 topics in six areas, called gender equality indicators:
- the gender composition of its workforce
- the gender composition of its governing bodies (e.g. board of directors, councils, management committees, trustees)
- relative remuneration between men and women
- its employment terms, conditions and practices regarding flexible working arrangements and other arrangements that support employees with family or caring responsibilities
- how it consults with employees about gender equality
- other matters specified by the Minister, which allows the Minister add other reporting topics through a legislative instrument, such as how employees are selected, promoted, transferred, trained and developed, and terminated; conditions of service; arrangements for dealing with pregnant or potentially pregnant employees and mothers breastfeeding their babies; and how sexual harassment complaints are dealt with.
The report must be made available to employees, shareholders and other interested parties. Organisations failing to report cannot tender for federal government work and some state government work, will not be eligible for some Commonwealth government grants, and will be ‘named and shamed’ — not good for workflow, employee engagement or employer brand!