Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 410. Updated Tuesday, 20 May 2014

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Views sought on gender equality reporting

Consultation on workplace gender equality reporting requirements has begun, according to the Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz.

The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 introduced ongoing reporting and compliance measures for businesses with more than 100 employees, to assist employers build a long-term picture of how to improve gender equality in their workplace.

Senator Abetz, said consultation with stakeholders would identify opportunities to streamline reporting requirements to ensure that the information obtained would drive change and represent the best value for effort.

"We gave a commitment to engage with stakeholders because our priority is to ensure that gender reporting delivers real benefits in the workplace to employees and employers," he said.

Consultation to help refine requirements

"It is important to get the balance right between getting meaningful information from employers that can help drive results in the workplace, and making sure it's not a burden for businesses to provide it."

Senator Abetz said employers with 100 employees or more would continue to be required to report annually against gender equality indicators.

"We particularly want to hear the views of employers who have recently reported to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency using the online system for the first time," he said.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash said the Government was committed to supporting gender equality and diversity in Australian workplaces.

"Evidence shows that in addition to the clear economic benefits of gender equality, organisations that have a diverse workforce attract and retain high performers," Senator Cash said.

"It is important to ensure these reporting and compliance measures are collecting data that is effective, rather than just more data without consideration of whether it will achieve any real results."

Public submissions, including an option for employers to complete a short survey, are now open and will close at 5pm, 31 July.

For more information and to submit a submission visit this PS News link.

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