NFAW is a member of the Coalition for Working Women (CWW) formed in early 2014 to address issues impacting the capacity of women to participate equally in the Australian economy. Its particular focus is ensuring that the Government does not scale back the gender reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
The WGE Act was introduced to strengthen the capacity of the Government to collect and report meaningful gendered workforce statistics to improve workplace equity and female participation in the workforce, in particular in management and leadership roles. The macro level workforce indicators currently generated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are not sufficient as they show trends not specifics, have little relevance to individual employers and do not drive change – which is clear from the lack of real progress to date.
The CWW has made a submission to the Department of Employment’s formal consultation on workplace gender equality reporting requirements. As the consultation appears to be seeking responses primarily from employers and employees the CWW believes it is important to have represented the views of women’s and industry organisations on a policy that has long-term implications for the Australian economy.
What can you do?
- Promote the submission within your networks and via social media
- If you have more than 100 employees in your company check to see if a submission has been made (http://employment.gov.au/news/consultation-workplace-gender-equality-act-2012-reporting-requirements-has-commenced) and what it includes.
- Be aware of how your industry compares – look at the workforce statistics being generated on the WGEA website at: https://www.wgea.gov.au/learn/research-and-resources
The CWW comprises the following organisations:
- Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Australian Local Government Women’s Association
- BPW (Business and Professional Women) Australia
- Financial Services Institute of Australasia
- Local Government Managers Australia
- National Council of Women of Australia
- National Foundation for Australian Women
- Women on Boards
- Women’s Electoral Lobby
- The Work and Family Policy Roundtable (UniSA)
- YWCA Australia