What is WGEA reporting in Australia
What is WGEA reporting in Australia

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What is WGEA reporting in Australia
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02/11/2023
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With increased social pressure to prioritise gender equality in the workplace, several legislative changes have recently been enacted to remove the 19 per cent gender pay gap within the Australian workforce. The gender pay gap demonstrates that gender inequality remains a persistent and complex issue in Australian society, despite record-high women’s workplace participation.

We first saw legislation change with the prohibition of pay secrecy in an attempt to promote gender equality in the workplace. Now we have new legislation legislation requiring the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to report annually on the gender pay gaps of large businesses

What is WGEA reporting?

WGEA reporting in Australia refers to the process of reporting on gender equality in the workplace. WGEA stands for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, which is an Australian government agency responsible for promoting and improving gender equality and workplace diversity. The agency works with organisations to provide guidance, resources, and support for implementing gender equality strategies in the workplace.

Who needs to submit a WGEA report?

Under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, non-public sector organisations with 100+ employees are required to submit a report. This report includes data on various gender equality indicators, such as:

  • the composition of the workforce by gender

The aim of this reporting requirement is to monitor Australia’s progress toward gender equality.

What does the WGEA report aim to achieve?

The WGEA aims to encourage transparency and accountability in addressing gender-related issues in the workplace. This reporting process also enables organisations to benchmark their performance against industry standards and best practices, ultimately promoting greater gender diversity and inclusivity in the Australian labour market.

When does it need to be submitted?

When completing a submission to the Agency your data will be in respect to a regular twelve-month time period. This is known as the reporting period.

The Gender Equality Reporting program is open for submission each year for 2 months from April 1st to May 31st. This is known as the submission period. Therefore you must submit your report and resolve any data quality issues before the deadline.

WGEA reporting requirements?

Each year, organisations in Australia are required to submit a report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). The specific information that needs to be submitted in the report includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Workforce composition: Composition of the workforce by gender, including the number of women and men employed at various organisational levels.
  2. Gender pay gap: Data on the remuneration of employees. This includes information on the gender pay gap within the organisation, must be included in the report.
  3. Policies and strategies: Related to promoting gender equality and diversity in the workplace should be provided.
  4. Flexible work arrangements: Flexible work arrangements within the organisation. This includes flexible hours, telecommuting, and other forms of flexible working options, should be included in the report.
  5. Parental leave: Information on the organisation’s parental leave policies and practices, including the uptake of parental leave by employees of different genders, should be reported.
  6. Equal opportunity initiatives: Details on any initiatives or programs implemented by the organisation to promote equal opportunities for career development and advancement for employees of all genders should be included.

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