Coming soon: new gender equality reporting

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The Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have expressed concern over the federal government’s proposed gender equality reporting requirements.

As it stands, from next year businesses with 100 or more employees must report on issues such as the number of men and women at different levels in their organisation. In addition, whether male and female workers are being paid equally will be closely monitored.

Indicators companies could be expected to report on include:

  • Profile of women and men in the workplace 
  • Data on recruitment, exits and retention of employees by gender 
  • Job classifications by gender 
  • Gender data for key management personnel 
  • Gender data – distance from CEO 
  • Gender composition of governing bodies 
  • Base pay by gender 
  • Performance pay by gender 
  • Occupations by gender 
  • Promotion of part‐time workers by gender 

Submissions to the review board officially closed yesterday, and businesswoman Carol Schwartz has been appointed to lead government consultations with businesses over the new reporting requirements. Schwartz has said different sized businesses will put forward different views about how to avoid “onerous red tape”. She added that while workplaces with fewer than 100 employees will be exempt from the new reporting requirements, she expects to receive feedback on whether different rules should apply to remaining businesses based on their size.

Australian Industry Group CEO, Innes Willox, called for the measures to be simple, and said the data must also be easy to collect. “'The consultation process needs to account for the fact that a company with 100 employees will have very different information systems to a company with 10,000 employees,” Willox said.

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  • sfberglund on 31/01/2013 8:00:57 AM

    For your readers' interest, there is a relevant Australian Standard available...

    AS 5376-2012
    Gender-inclusive job evaluation and grading

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