Commenting on the release today of the government Workplace Gender Equity Agency Australia’s gender equality scorecard, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Deputy Director of Workplace Relations, Alana Matheson, said:
“It’s encouraging there’s been a big jump in action by employers on gender equality. There’s still more to do but momentum is building.
“We need to support more women in occupying higher-paying leadership positions and positions on boards if we are to further narrow the gender pay gap.
“Everyone benefits through a more productive workforce and broader talent pool if women are supported in reaching their full career potential, particularly given their high levels of educational attainment.
“It’s important employer efforts run parallel with a broader social discussion that challenges stereotypes and effects cultural change so women and their partners can make considered choices about the way they balance work and personal priorities.
“For example, if more partners share carers’ responsibilities this will assist in empowering women to pursue career aspirations and progress to higher-paying roles.
“There is a clear business case for gender equality. We encourage organisations to explore potential benefits that a diverse workforce can deliver.”