WGEA 2018-19 Gender Equality Scorecard
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA, the Agency) is an Australian Government statutory agency responsible for promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces in accordance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Act). Its vision is for women and men to be equally represented, valued and rewarded in the workplace.
Under the Act, non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees must submit a report annually based on six gender equality indicators:
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: sex-based harassment and discrimination.
Over four million employees, which accounts for more than 40% of Australia’s total labour force, are covered in the latest WGEA scorecard. The dataset is based on 4,841 reports submitted from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
Based on WGEA’s 2018-19 reporting data, gender gap in Australia has decreased, but only by 0.5 percentage points. While Australia’s female labour force participation has improved over the years, men still earn more than their female counterparts, on average, by 20.8%. Change is happening in some areas, but efforts to measure and promote gender equality must continue.
- On average, men in Australia earn A$25,679 more than women
- Only 17.1% of CEOs in Australia are female
- Female representation on boards increased by only 1.0 percentage points to 26.8%
- The percentage of employers with policies or strategies on domestic or family violence has hiked up 13 points to 60.2%
- More women are getting promoted—39.4% of all managers, with 43.8% of manager appointments in 2018-2019, going to women
- Employers have become more supportive of flexible work
- Over 75% of employers have a gender equality strategy
- Close to 50% of employers now offer primary carer’s leave
- Progress update
- Gender pay gap
- Employer action on gender equity
- Workforce composition
This report was originally published on the WGEA website.