The 2017 reporting period is under way and across Australia, thousands of organisations are preparing to submit their gender equality reports.
Here are five things you might not know about reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2017.
1. We are expecting 5,153 reports covering over 12,000 relevant employers this year. Under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), all non-public sector organisations with 100 or more employees in Australia must report annually on six gender equality indicators.
2. Reporting data represents around 40% of Australia’s workforce and reveals much more than the gender pay gap. The number of females being promoted to leadership roles and employers providing flexible working conditions and paid parental leave are just a few of the data points collected.
3. While organisations have between April 1 and May 31 each year to submit, most will leave it to the last minute. In fact, in 2016 nearly 2000 organisations had not even started their reports in the last week of May. We urge organisations to beat the rush and start their reports early.
4. The depth of data collected ensures Australia is a world leader in measuring workplace gender equality. There are many other countries now following our lead. From this month in the United Kingdom, all private, public and voluntary-sector employers with 250 or more employees will be required to publish pay gap data.
5. Organisations who do not report will be deemed non-compliant with the Act and may not be eligible for Federal Government contracts. This list is published in the Agency’s annual report and on our website.