Gender

In this section you will find information about key definitions and the state of play for gender diversity in Australia, the business case for gender diversity and inclusion, some leading practices for creating gender diverse and inclusive workplaces, case studies, and additional resources and reading on gender equity.

DCA Research

She's Price(d)less - 2022 update report

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She’s Price(d)less is the fourth in a series of reports that uses econometric modelling applied to data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to unpack the factors that contribute to the gender pay gap.

Gari Yala (Speak the Truth) Gendered Insights

A gendered look at the Gari Yala dataset.

[email protected] Index: Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce

Mapping the state of flex in the Australian workforce

A special edition report of DCA’s [email protected] Index 2021-2022 titled Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce highlights a positive link between flexible work and workplace inclusion and shows that the stigma around care, gender and flexible work continues.

D&I 101 - Collecting Diversity Data

D&I 101: Conducting a Diversity Survey - with speech bubble for different diversity dimensions including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islnder Peoples, Carers, Disbility, Age, Multicultural including Religion & Gender/LGBTIQ+

DCA's Guide to Conducting a Diversity Survey - How to ask your employees about their diversity.

In 2020, Do We Still Really Need Workplace Gender Equality?

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It’s been over 100 years since the first IWD and we’ve come a long way in creating gender equality – but we still have a long way to go. In 2020, gender inequalities continue to limit the ability of both men and women to be respected and to contribute at work and at home.

She's Price(d)less - 2019 update report

She's Priced Less: The economics of the gender pay gap. Logos for KPMG, Diversity Council Australia and Workplace Gender Equality Agency

She’s Price(d)less is the third in a series of reports that uses econometric modelling applied to data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to unpack the factors that contribute to the gender pay gap.

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.

[email protected] Index 2017-2018

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce. Sponsored by Suncorp

The DCA-Suncorp [email protected] 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

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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.

Case Studies

Creating a nation-leading and inclusive parental leave policy at Smartgroup

Case Study

Smartgroup Corporation on how they constructed their nation-leading and inclusive parental leave policy.

Settlement Services International: promoting gender and sexual diversity inclusion with employees and clients

Case Study

How SSI approached the nuanced differences that can arise with an intersectional approach to Diversity and Inclusion. 

Effectively engaging bystanders on sexism and sexual harassment at Aurecon

Case Study

How did Aurecon effectively engage bystanders on sexism and sexual harassment? Read the case study.

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

Case Study

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

Indigenous women making their mark as tradies

Case Study

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

News

DCA Submission in response to the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Improvements for Families and Gender Equality) Bill 2022

Media releases

Diversity Council Australia has long advocated for improvements in parental leave provisions in Australia. We welcome the recently tabled changes and commend the government for acting.

DCA welcomes passing of reforms for gender equality at work

Media releases

DCA has welcomed the passing of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill.

Respect At Work - Welcome Reform.

Media releases

Perspectives

DCA's response to the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Improvements for Families and Gender Equality) Bill 2022

Australian Senate
Submissions

DCA has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs in response to the Inquiry into the provisions of the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Improvements for Families and Gender Equality) Bill 2022.

Success Works: partner to provide an opportunity for women leaving prison.

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Success Works Partners believes that Alice, and others facing similar barriers, should not have her future determined by her past. We believe that Alice should be given the same employment opportunities others enjoy.

What is so great about the Annual Diversity Debate?

What is so great about the Annual Diversity Debate
Blog

Members, guests and debaters all love the #DCADebate, here's 10 reasons why you should come along to see what it is all about!

Coming events

27 Apr 2023

Our Gender Equality Network will investigate how employers can comply with their 'positive duty' obligation to prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment in the wake of the landmark [email protected] report and the new legislation to preventing sexual harassment at work.

12 Jul 2023

In the lead up to International Non-Binary People's Day on 14 July, this D&I Insights Program will examine how workplaces can be more inclusive of non-binary employees.

05 Oct 2023

At this Gender Equality Network, we will look at the latest research on domestic and family violence and abuse and how workplaces can play a role in addressing the problem.

Webcasts from past events

13 Jul 2022

KPMG, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and DCA are delighted to invite you to a special event to launch the fourth in our important series of research reports on the gender pay gap.

24 Nov 2021

Statistics show that women experience some mental health conditions at higher rates than men, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD and self-harm. In contrast, men are more likely to suicide. And trans and gender diverse people can experience very high levels of psychological distress and are significantly more likely to attempt suicide.