Reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for the 2013-2014 reporting year will commence from 1 April 2014 to 31 May 2014 for all non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees.

The data collected from the reporting will generate valuable insight to assist employers put in place gender equality strategies.

Reporting to the Agency will cover a standardised format focusing on gender outcomes, covering areas such as workforce composition, pay and flexible work arrangements. In return, the Agency will provide feedback to each of these employers in the form of a confidential, customised benchmark report on their gender performance.

This benchmark report will enable employers to compare their gender performance to their peers, identify areas for improvement and track the effectiveness of their gender equality strategies over time.

This data is unique in that no similar benchmarking data is available to employers in Australia.
Further, it will provide employers with the evidence base to pinpoint their efforts to improve gender equality in their workplaces.

“I am pleased the Agency is able to be able to offer such a valuable assessment tool to our reporting organisations,” said Workplace Gender Equality Agency director Helen Conway.

Importantly, employers will be able to customise the benchmark reports they receive by specifying the groups with whom they wish to be compared.

“We recognise that different industries face different challenges when it comes to gender equality, and larger organisations often have more resources. That’s why we think it’s so important we enable employers to compare themselves to similar organisations through the customisable benchmark report” said Ms Conway.

In addition to indicative customised benchmark reports for employers, aggregated benchmark data will be publicly available through a new online interactive data centre on the Agency’s website.

Data relating to the first full year of reporting under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 is scheduled to be available via the data centre in late 2014.