Each year CHOICE participates in an audit by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) that measures our diversity performance.
Some key findings from the 2021–22 report were:
- 60% of the CHOICE Board were female
- The gender composition of CHOICE's non management workforce was 53.5% female and 46.5% male
- 42.9% Key Management Personnel were female
- Of the staff members ranked as "professional", 53.8% were female
- 41.5% of our management were female
- 100% of all promotions went to females (manager and non-manager)
- CHOICE provides staff with eight of the nine key flexible work practices to support gender equality suggested by the WGEA, which highlights how well we support our employees.
Our report is available in 3 sections
What actions did we take from last year's report?
Key actions implemented from last year's report were:
- Workforce Planning workshop held for the executive team, focusing on people capabilities and talent management.
- Remuneration & Benefits Policy revised (including acknowledgment of pay equity reviews).
- Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination training included in our onboarding process for all new staff, including an Induction video outlining our approach to Respect in the Workplace.
- Engaged an external consultant to develop a comprehensive Domestic and Family Violence framework.
- Paid Parental Leave policy updated so it is more accessible and inclusive.
- Developed our Our Future Ways of Working initiative (including office re-design and hybrid working principles).
What is the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)?
WGEA is an Australian Government statutory agency, established because of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces who employ 100 or more employees, working collaboratively with employers advising on practical tools and education to help them improve their gender performance.
Visit the WGEA website to learn more.
Why do we undertake an annual WGEA audit?
Under the Act, as an employer of over 100 employees we are required to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency annually on a set of standardised reporting matters under six gender equality indicators.
We find this audit a useful way for us to understand where we sit on a national scale and identify where we can continue to improve. We use insights from our WGEA reports to support our work on equality at CHOICE.
How can you provide feedback?
If you wish to provide comments about the findings or the report in general to CHOICE management, please email the People and Culture team on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd prefer to make comments to WGEA directly, you can complete the WGEA's comments submission form.
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