Each year CHOICE participates in an audit by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) that measures our diversity performance.
Some of the key findings from the 2017–18 audit:
- 66% of the CHOICE Board are women.
- The gender composition of CHOICE's workforce is 55.2% women and 44.8% men.
- Of the staff members ranked as "professional", 55% are women.
- 47.5% of our management are women.
- 68% of all employees promoted to manager roles are women.
- 57.5% of all appointments (including promotions) are women.
- We had an increase in men who took primary carer's leave.
- All people who took parental leave returned to work.
- CHOICE provides staff with eight of the nine key flexible work practices to support gender equality queried by the WGEA, which highlights how well we support our employees.
Read the full report.
What actions did we take from last year's report?
The key actions implemented April 2017–March 2018 were:
- offering learning and development to employees on parental leave
- a pay equity audit, to identify and act upon salary gaps in relation to like-for-like roles across the organisation
- increasing female representation in decision-making roles
- reviewing our flexibility guidelines, which is now ready to launch to staff
- piloting a Talent and Succession plan, to be launched in 2018/19.
What is the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)?
WGEA is an Australian Government statutory agency which was founded as a result of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (WGEA).
The Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces who employ 100 or more employees, working collaboratively with employers providing advice, 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're 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 an incredibly useful way for us to understand where we sit on a national scale, and identify where we can continue to improve.