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

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 change 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.

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

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

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

Woolworths logo

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

In 2018, be the change you want to see

News articles

Read DCA's first eNews for 2018 including our latest blog on key issues that will define 2018

Book your new 2018 Knowledge Programs now

News articles

We are excited to announce two new Knowledge Programs designed for diversity and HR practitioners as well as business leaders and line managers.

Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling: Disrupting ‘double jeopardy’ to unlock the talents of culturally diverse women

News articles

Following interviews with culturally diverse women about their experiences in the workplace, DCA and The University of Sydney Business School have identified key barriers to progress for these women and prepared a number of recommendations for organisations to better harness these talents.

Perspectives

Australia should consider Iceland's strategy to overcome the gender pay gap

Opinion pieces

Taking Iceland’s lead and introducing penalties for failing to recognise one of the most stubborn problems in our workforce could speed up progress.

Beware the female Doctor Who dares to challenge the status quo.

Blog

BBC's announcement of a female Dr Who has ruffled feathers but as DCA CEO Lisa Annese explains, this is indicative of the discomfort that those who benefit from maintaining the status quo feel when women take on roles traditionally held by men.

A new approach is needed to engage men on gender equality

Lisa Annese's photo
Blog

It’s not enough for men to say they care about gender equality. They have to be committed to making personal change – not just in their professional lives but also in their private lives.

Coming events

28 Feb 2018

DCA’s Gender Equality Network, is open exclusively to DCA members and is designed to explore leading practice on gender diversity programs and assist members in their preparations to meet reporting requirements on gender.

22 Mar 2018

In partnership with the University of Sydney, Google, Aurecon, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Deloitte, DCA is delighted to update members on the practical implications for HR practitioners in future proofing your business in the 21st Century.

29 May 2018

DCA’s Gender Equality Network, is open exclusively to DCA members and is designed to explore leading practice on gender diversity programs and assist members in their preparations to meet reporting requirements on gender.

16 Aug 2018

DCA’s Gender Equality Network, is open exclusively to DCA members and is designed to explore leading practice on gender diversity programs and assist members in their preparations to meet reporting requirements on gender.

05 Dec 2018

DCA’s Gender Equality Network, is open exclusively to DCA members and is designed to explore leading practice on gender diversity programs and assist members in their preparations to meet reporting requirements on gender.

Webcasts from past events

Sponsored by Clayton Utz
07 Dec 2017

At DCA’s next Gender Equality Network we will discuss the findings of Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) new report, ‘What’s working to drive gender diversity in leadership’.

Sponsored by Suncorp
22 Nov 2017

What are the experiences of Australian workers when it comes to inclusion? Diversity Council Australia and Suncorp have joined forces to generate a national index which maps and tracks inclusion in Australian workplaces.