Gender

The business benefits for achieving gender equity in the workplace are well documented by both research organisations, government and by leading practice employers. In this section, you will find the following resources to help you manage this important diversity dimension.

DCA Research

Let’s Share the Care

Image from report cover with mini seesaw with piles of coins and blocks with female and male symbols on each end.  The female end has a bigger weight and is therefore down while the male block is elevated due to the lighter weight.

DCA's Let’s Share the Care at Home and Work report, timed to coincide with Mother’s Day on 12 May 2019, is a call to action to end the gender pay gap by enabling women and men in Australian families to ‘share the care’ more equitably.

Myth Busting Sexual Harassment at Work

Myth busting sexual harassment at work

Using evidence to debunk myths and assumptions around sexual harassment in the workplace.

Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling

Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling: Future proofing your business in the 21st century

DCA's latest report explores why so few culturally diverse females reach top leadership positions in Australia and what organisations can do to better recognise the skill and ambition of culturally diverse female talent.

Engaging men on gender equality

There is heightened interest in engaging men in the gender equality process. Drawing on the latest evidence and experience, this landmark report offers a set of recommendations for how organisations can engage men effectively to achieve gender equality at work.

Inclusion@Work Index

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce

The DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 is a landmark study, providing the first-ever national benchmarks for Australian workplaces in regards to the age, cultural background, disability status, gender, Indigenous background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity of workers.

Capitalising on Culture and Gender in ASX leadership

Capitalising on culture and gender in leadership report cover image (decorative purposes)

In this landmark research, Diversity Council Australia and Deakin University, with the financial support of CPA Australia, tracked the extent of cultural diversity among women in leadership in ASX companies from 2004 to 2015.

WordsAtWork - Building inclusion through the power of language

Words at Work report image

DCA has developed a new Words At Work campaign for workplaces to show how inclusive language can improve workplace culture and drive productivity.

The Economics of the Gender Pay Gap

KPMG report cover

Recent public debate reveals widespread lack of community understanding about pay equity – what it is, why it exists, and what can be done to address it – as well as a tendency to minimise or explain away the gender pay gap in Australia through reference to ‘women’s choices.’

Older Women Matter

DCA research has found that older women (defined as 45 years plus) represent a sizeable and growing segment of the labour force but Australian organisations are failing to fully harness their skills and talents.

Men Get Flexible!

Although not new, men and flexibility is currently a ‘hot’ topic driven by the increasing number of dual-earner families, intensified fathering expectations and growing recognition that flexible work can generate positive outcomes for men, women, families and organisations.

Other Research

From Girls to Men: social attitudes to gender equality in Australia

50/50 By 2030 Foundation, From Girls to Men: social attitudes to gender equality in Australia

A recent study by the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation has explored the generational attitudes of men and women to issues of gender equality and empowerment.

Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behavior

In an online video game, lower-skilled male players are more hostile towards female players due to a female threat in a male-dominated social hierarchy.

The Unintended Consequences of Maternity Leaves: How Agency Interventions Mitigate the Negative Effects of Longer Legislated Maternity Leaves

New mums who keep in touch with their workplace while on maternity leave are more hireable and less likely to experience unconscious bias, research shows.

Algorithmic Bias? An Empirical Study into Apparent Gender-Based Discrimination in the Display of STEM Career Ads

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Despite explicit intentions to be gender neutral, a Facebook ad for STEM careers was shown more often to men than women, potentially due to economic forces and competition among advertisers

Mckinsey (2017) Delivering through diversity

This report from McKinsey research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organizations can craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.

Intersectionality Matters: Guide to engaging immigrant and refugee communities to prevent violence against women

The Intersectionality Matters Guide aims to help people and organisations develop violence prevention approaches, strategies and activities in a way that meaningfully engages immigrant and refugee communities.

The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle (OECD, 2017)

Countries need to do much more to close gender gaps worldwide, according to a new OECD report.

Case Studies

Indigenous women making their mark as tradies

A national Indigenous recruitment service is successfully placing Aboriginal women into a typically male-dominated workforce through an intensive traineeship.

WPP AUNZ has announced a target of 50:50 gender distribution in senior leadership roles across the company by 2021.

WPP AUNZ has announced a target of 50:50 gender distribution in senior leadership roles across the company by 2021.

ARTC recruitment of women into male-dominated jobs

The recruitment drive was deliberately aimed at getting women into non-traditional roles such as signal installers, and was part of the company's effort to improve diversity and capability by drawing from a wider pool of candidates.

Medibank's FamilyFlex policy (parental leave)

All eligible prospective parents are able to take 14 weeks of paid leave within the first 24 months of their child's life.

Flexible parental leave at Deloitte

From March 2019, Deloitte Australia is offering 18 weeks paid leave to all new parents that can be taken over three years, broken up in a range of flexible ways to suit each family’s unique needs.

Gender equity at Woolworths

As part of their 2020 corporate strategy, Woolworths is placing focus on increasing female leadership and removing salary wage gaps.

Challenging mindsets – Flexibility at Woolworths

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Woolworths' innovative approach to flexibility to reduce turnover for female staff.

QinetiQ boosts paid parental leave conditions

QinetiQ boosts paid parental leave conditions and scraps qualifying period for primary care-givers.

News

Is it time for Australia to embrace a Bill of Rights to enshrine equality for all?

Media releases

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG delivers Diversity Council Australia’s third Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity and Inclusion, sponsored by Telstra.

This Mother’s Day, let’s ‘share the care’ to close the gender pay gap

Media releases

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, DCA is calling for government and business to do more to address the gendered impact of caring responsibilities to close the gender pay gap.

International Women’s Day 2019 - Top myths on sexual harassment and how to debunk them

News articles

This International Women’s Day, DCA is calling on employers to stand up for safety and respect at work and stamp out sexual harassment.

Perspectives

What would be good for mothers is closing the pay gap faster

Happy Mothers' Day Opinion piece by Lisa Annese with imagery from the Share the Care report cover
Opinion pieces

Mother’s Day is an apt time to recognise mothering. But the load of mothering doesn’t just happen on one day every year. It’s ongoing. And we need to look at what that means for women’s lives and careers, says DCA CEO, Lisa Annese.

Let’s hear it from the boys

Blog

Addressing attitudes to gender equality from millennial men.

Workplace sexual harassment affects women in varied and complex ways

Opinion pieces

Despite #MeToo, sexual harassment is still everywhere. And it has devestating effects ...

Coming events

Sponsored by KPMG
20 Jun 2019

At this Gender Equality Network, we will look at how workplaces can respond to and help prevent domestic violence.

22 Jul 2019

How effective are D&I initiatives in achieving change? Find out at the launch of Change At Work.

Sponsored by KPMG
12 Nov 2019

At DCA’s upcoming Gender Equality Network, we will hear from the Australian Human Rights Commission on the findings of its inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

Webcasts from past events

27 Mar 2019

At this Gender Equality Network event, we explored social attitudes to gender in Australia.

Hosted by Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd
Sponsored by KPMG
28 Feb 2019

At this Gender Equality Network, we heard the latest on what's leading practice in parental leave.