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

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

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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

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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

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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

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.

IWD 2019 - Top myths on sexual harassment and how to debunk them

Media releases

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

DCA members dominate WGEA EOCGE citation 2018-2019

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News articles

Over 80 DCA member organisation feature in the 2018-2019 Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders list.

Perspectives

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 ...

#YouToo? Sexual harassment and gender inequality after #MeToo

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Podcasts

Journalist Tracey Spicer and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins discuss: how can we finally end the scourge of sexual harassment – and rebuild the structures that have supported it?

Webcasts from past events

27 Mar 2019

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

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28 Feb 2019

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