Government announce women friendly organisations

The Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) has released a list of organisations recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women.

In order to be recognised as an EOWA Employer of Choice for women, employers are required to implement female and family friendly work policies including:

  • A minimum of 6 weeks paid maternity leave after 12 months of service
  • Option for female managers to work part-time
  • Ensuring the percentage of female managers is the same or greater than 28 percent or the industry average
  • Ensuring a pay equity analysis has been undertaken and any gap identified is less than their industry average.

According to acting director of EOWA, Mairi Steele, such organisations lead the way to gender equality by “showing a real commitment to creating fair workplaces and to achieving genuine results for working women.”

Companies such as ANZ and Westaff are now promoting family friendly practises in the workplace through ANZ’s Global Diversity Scorecard, which includes stretch targets for female representation at divisional and group levels; and Westaff grandparent’s leave, recognising the motivations of an ageing workforce.

For a complete list of the EOCFW organisations please the EOWA Government website

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