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Family and domestic violence

More organisations support employees experiencing family or domestic violence

There was a substantial increase in the number of employers who have a formal policy or strategy to support employees who are experiencing family or domestic violence, up 13.3pp to 60.2%. The industries with the strongest increase were Arts and Recreation Services (up 21.2pp to 67.3%), Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (up 21.1pp to 66.3%) and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (up 20.9pp to 68.5%).

There was also a strong increase in the number of employers offering paid domestic violence leave (up 8.9pp to 30.3%).

2019 Scorecard chart 6 - orgs with a DV policy/strategy

More organisations offer domestic violence support mechanism

The number of employers offering some form of support for employees experiencing family or domestic violence increased by 2.9pp to 88.3%.

2019 Scorecard chart 7 - DV support mechanisms

We have waited 59 [un]equal days and finally today is Equal Pay Day, Wednesday 28 August. [Un]Equal Pay Day marks the additional 59 days women must work from the end of the last financial year to earn the same amount as men.

WGEA data shows employers are realising the importance of doing a gender pay gap analysis with 37.7% of organisations conducting an analysis last year, an increase of almost 11 percentage points. It is important for all organisations to look at your data, as you may be surprised by the results. 

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) today released today which shows that over the last five years, employer action is improving workplace gender equality. The Agency’s Director, Libby Lyons, is launching the 2017-18 WGEA data at the National Press Club in Canberra today.

Flexible work is good for business and good for employees. The evidence is clear. To celebrate 22 May, Flexible Working Day, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (‘WGEA’) is asking all organisations to think about how they could become a little ‘flexier’.

Flexible working

More organisations promote flexible working

The 2018-19 data shows a 2.0pp increase in the number of organisations reporting they have a formal flexibility policy and/or strategy in place.

2019 Scorecard chart 9 - orgs with a flexible work policy/strategy
  • Financial and Insurance Services has the highest proportion of organisations with a formal policy and/or strategy on flexible working arrangements (up 4.7 pp to 90.6%).
  • Construction has the lowest proportion (down 0.4pp to 55.5%).
  • The strongest improvements were in Wholesale Trade (up 6.4pp to 74.8%), Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (up 5.1pp to 77.1%) and Mining (up 5.1pp to 68.0%).
  • Just over one in four organisations with a flexible working strategy provide manager training on flexible work and only one in 20 set targets for employee engagement in flexible work.
2019 Scorecard chart 12 - flexible work strategies