Reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has yielded a world-leading dataset that paints the most comprehensive picture of gender equality in workplaces Australia has ever seen. Non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees report to the Agency under six gender equality indicators (GEIs), generating a standardised performance assessment that enables comparisons across industries and organisation sizes.
By analysing this dataset, the WGEA has been able to benchmark both the representation of women in the leadership pipeline and across occupational categories, and the pay gap that exists within industries, management levels and occupational categories. Through this the WGEA can also better understand the practices Australian employers have in place to improve their gender equality performance. Used to its full potential, this data will be a game-changer.
What gets measured gets managed. Business, policy-makers and the broader community now have the data to improve understanding of gender equality and put in place measures to address inequities including the longstanding under-representation of women in management and the low representation of men in traditional female-dominated roles and industries.