What a big month November was! It feels like we are only now just starting to catch our breath after the sprint across the country for the 2018 data launch.
This year marked the fifth year of data collected from Australian employers in the private sector. For the Agency, five years of data is momentous because it gives us a detailed picture about how trends in workplace policies and practice are making a difference in gender equality.
We were thrilled to see the packed rooms for each event during our national roadshow. We travelled from Canberra to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. At each event, there were lively discussions about the change that is happening in Australian workplaces.
In some areas, it is happening quickly. In others, far too slowly. One fact that is confirmed year-on-year is the importance of measuring workplace gender equality – but the data also shows us that we must not become complacent. Sitting among the hundreds of attendees, representing so many organisations, we were optimistic that the strong increase in employer action on gender equality will continue to grow. Our data shows clear evidence that employer action has delivered real results.
We were also very fortunate to share this year’s data launch journey with Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Head of the UK Government Equalities Office and Head of Gender. Elysia provided fascinating insights from the UK and shared with us a wealth of knowledge.
Our discussions at each event allowed us to explore in great detail the shared challenges and potential solutions for Australia and the UK. Making this international connection can only benefit our two countries and we look forward to continuing our work together.
What was clear from the conversations being had at each event was that closing the gender gap at work is a growing priority for policy makers and employers alike. It is gratifying to report such positive outcomes for the 2017-18 dataset.
What we now need to see over the next five years and beyond is more action to keep delivering improvements in gender equality outcomes in Australian workplaces for women and men.
Thank you to everyone who attended our events and the Australian British Chamber of Commerce for collaborating with us throughout the event roadshow.
See you all again next year!
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