Each year CHOICE participates in an audit by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) that measures our diversity performance.
Some key findings from the 2020–21 report were:
- Two-thirds of the CHOICE Board were female
- The gender composition of CHOICE's workforce was 53.2% female and 46.8% male.
- 50% of our Key Management Personnel were female.
- Of the staff members ranked as "professional", 55% were female.
- 47% of our management were women.
- 50% of all manager promotions went to women.
- 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.
Our report is available in three sections:
What actions did we take from last year's report?
We implemented the following key actions from last year's report:
- Conducted a review of remuneration across similar roles and resolved discrepancies.
- Implemented Flexibility Agreements within teams to incorporate flexible working ideas into everyday activities.
- Measured diversity of staff and experience of inclusion in the workplace through an internal employee experience survey, which will form a benchmark against which we will track the success of our initiatives over time.
- Rolled out new training for all staff on bullying, discrimination and harassment and established a new anonymous reporting mechanism.
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.