Workplace gender equality reporting public consultation

On 25 February 2015, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Employment, announced changes to workplace gender equality reporting requirements.

The changes will take effect in the 2015–16 reporting year.

After streamlining, employers will no longer have to report on:

  • CEO remuneration
  • remuneration of casual managers 
  • components of total remuneration
  • numbers of job applications and interviews, and
  • requests and approvals for extended parental leave.

Further detail about the changes can be found in the Media Release.

No changes will be made to reporting requirements for the 2014–15 reporting year. Reports for the 2014–15 reporting year should be lodged with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency  between 1 April and 31 May 2015.

Consultation Process

The Government has completed consultations on reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

A summary of the findings from the consultations and public submissions are available.

The purpose of the consultation was to identify opportunities to streamline reporting requirements to ensure gender reporting drives results in the workplace, and represents value for effort. While the findings from the consultation process are being considered, the Government has made a commitment that workplace gender equality reporting will remain in place.

Working Group on non-manager occupational categories

Following the consultation process, a Working Group on non-manager occupational categories was established to explore and provide advice on options to improve workplace gender equality reporting in the non-manager occupational categories, while ensuring that employers gain an increased understanding of gender data without bearing increased costs.

The Working Group has now concluded and its final advice to Government has been accepted by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment. The Working Group Terms of Reference are available.

The key recommendation from the Working Group, agreed by all members, is that a Standard Business Reporting pilot is developed and tested by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and the Department of Employment, in collaboration with the Australian Business Register, within the Australian Taxation Office.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is considering a range of possible options and will develop the pilot to test Standard Business Reporting or similar technology to automate gender reporting.

The Working Group members included:

  • Ms Elizabeth Broderick
  • Ms Helen Conway
  • Ms Kate Carnell AO
  • Ms Claire Braund
  • Ms Diane Smith-Gander
  • Ms Ged Kearney
  • Ms Alison Aggarwal