Workplace Gender Equality Act

Australia Current 2012

The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act) replaced the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999. The new, strengthened legislation aims to improve and promote equality for both women and men in the workplace.
The principle objects of the Act are to:
-promote and improve gender equality (including equal remuneration between women and men) in employment and in the workplace
-support employers to remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce, in recognition of the disadvantaged position of women in relation to employment matters
-promote, amongst employers, the elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender in relation to employment matters (including in relation to family and caring responsibilities)
-foster workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning gender equality in employment and in the workplace
-improve the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of gender equality in employment and in the workplace.
The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 requires non-public sector employers with 100 or more staff (relevant employers) to submit a report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency between 1 April and 31 May each year for the preceding 12 month period (1 April – 31 March reporting period).

Scope

Social

Industry sectors covered by the instrument

All/none specified

Organizations covered by the instrument

All organizations except those in the public sector

Issuer type

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Type of instrument

Legislation

Mandatory or voluntary

Mandatory

The geographical scope

National/federal

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