The Workplace Gender Equality (Matters in relation to Gender Equality Indicators) Instrument 2013 (No. 1) has been tabled in parliament, establishing the specific reporting matters that will apply under the gender equality indicators in the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
The Indicators are:
• Gender Equality Indicator 1 – gender composition of the workforce.
• Gender Equality Indicator 2 – gender composition of governing bodies of relevant employers.
• Gender Equality Indicator 3 – equal remuneration between women and men.
• Gender Equality Indicator 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.
• Gender Equality Indicator 5 – consultation with employees on issues concerning gender equality in the workplace.
• Gender Equality Indicator 6 – sex-based harassment and discrimination.
Changes that took effect on 1 April 2013 require relevant employers to report on the gender equality indicators, however minimum standards do not yet apply.
From 1 April 2014- 31 March 2015 relevant employers will be required to report on the gender equality indicators and comply with minimum standards which will be released in the next two years.
Further information about these reporting requirements can be found at www.wgea.gov.au.