21 April 2016
Gender Reporting Obligations
In accordance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, employers with more than 100 employees are required to submit a report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) between 1 April and 31 May each year, relating to the preceding 12-month period. The report requires answering questions on six “gender equality indicators” –
- Gender composition of the workforce
- Gender composition of governing bodies
- Equal remuneration between men and women
- Availability and utility of employment terms, terms conditions and practices relating to flexible working arrangements supporting employees with family or caring responsibilities
- Consultation with employees on issues concerning gendering equality in the workplace
- Sex-based harassment and discrimination
Failure to comply can lead to a ‘naming and shaming” list published on the WGEA website and a report to the Minister and potentially some ineligibility under Commonwealth and State procurement conditions.
Introduction of new Long Service Leave arrangements
On 7 April The Territory Government introduced a Bill into the Legislative Assembly designed to expand the coverage of the Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Act 2009 to two additional industries – the Aged Care sector, and the Waste Management industry. The Portable Schemes Act already covers employers in the Building and Construction industry, the Contract Cleaning industry, the Community Sector and the Security industry. Despite representations from the Chamber and employers who will be adversely affected by the changes, the ACT Government appears intent on passing the Bill into law during the May sittings of the Legislative Assembly, with the new arrangements taking effect from 1 July 2016.
CBC Members can obtain further information on Workplace Relations and other conditions of employment by calling the Chamber’s Workplace Relations Hotline on 1300 277 881