The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is an Australian Government statutory agency created to support the implementation of the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012). The Agency is responsible for promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Under the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012), all Australian non-public organisations that employ 100 or more employees are required to submit an annual report which includes a workplace profile and a reporting questionnaire. The report must be submitted via the WGEA online portal between the 1st April and the 31st May each year.
Each year over 12,000 Australian organisations are required to report with the data being collated against the six Gender Equality Indicators (GEI) below.
- GEI 1 - gender composition of the workforce
- GEI 2 - gender composition of governing bodies of relevant employers
- GEI 3 - equal remuneration between women and men
- GEI 4 - availability and utility of employment terms, conditions and practices relating to flexible working arrangements for employees and to working arrangements supporting employees with family or caring responsibilities
- GEI 5 - consultation with employees on issues concerning gender equality in the workplace
- GEI 6 - any other matters specified by the Minister: gender-based harassment and discrimination
To comply with the Act, employers required to report must:
- Lodge a report containing required information, on time
- Comply with the notification and access requirements
- Meet minimum standards or, if a minimum standard is not met, make improvements against it by the end of two further reporting periods
- Have the report signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
- If asked, give the Agency information for reviewing compliance
- Do not give false or misleading information in a report, or when providing information as requested by the Agency for reviewing compliance with the Act.
Consequences on non-compliance
The Agency may name a non-compliant employer in a report to the Minister or by electronic or other means. Non-compliant employers may not be eligible to tender for contracts under the Commonwealth and some state procurement frameworks and may not be eligible for some Commonwealth grants or other financial assistance.
What are your notification and access requirements under the Act?
Under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, employers must:
- Inform its employees and members or shareholders that it has lodged its report with the Agency and advise how the report may be accessed
- Provide access to the report to employees and members or shareholders
- Inform employee organisations with members in its workplace that the report has been lodged
- Inform its employees and those employee organisations with members in its workplace of the opportunity to comment on the report to the employer or the Agency
Where can I access support for my WGEA reporting?
With WGEA reports to be lodged by 31 May 2019, time is running out for employers to submit their data. WGEA reporting can often be a daunting and time intensive process for employers, however this need not be the case. The performHR team can help navigate the complexities of WGEA requirements, and have put together a free checklist to help employers streamline their reporting processes.
If you need support to submit your WGEA report in 2019, start the conversation. Our team of experts offer a no fuss approach to all things WGEA.
Information provided by https://www.wgea.gov.au/about-legislation