Workplace gender equality legislation soon

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Workplace gender equality legislation soon

The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 has been passed in the House of Representatives and is expected to pass in the Senate soon.

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The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 has been passed in the House of Representatives and is expected to pass in the Senate soon.

The Bill changes equal employment opportunity reporting requirements for some employers. It will also introduce new gender equality indicators and minimum standards.
 
In 2011 the Federal Government announced changes to the current Cth Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999.
 
Once the Bill is passed, the current Act will become the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012

EOWA to be renamed
 
Helen Conway, director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) said the proposed legislation will promote equal remuneration between women and men. The changes will also encourage organisations to allow men, as well as women, to work flexibly to meet family and caring responsibilities.

‘We need to lift the participation rate of women in the workforce by removing existing disincentives. Our national productivity and competitiveness depends on it. In our workplaces, it is time we stopped paying lip service to gender equality and actually did something about it,’ Ms Conway said.

The legislation will see EOWA renamed the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, reflecting a shift in focus from equal opportunity for women to equality between the genders.

‘The proposed amendments are the result of an extensive review and consultation process with stakeholders including employers, business groups, employee organisations and women's groups. The Agency looks forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to achieve better gender equality outcomes for women and men,’ Ms Conway said.
 
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