Reframing the Regulation of Equal Employment Opportunity: The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
Australian Journal of Labour Law, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 102-111, 2012
12 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2013
Date Written: June 26, 2012
This paper analyses the changes introduced by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth) (WGE Act). This Act is the third major revision of a legislative scheme that began its life as the Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity For Women) Act 1986 (Cth). The WGE Act retains the essential framework of the original legislation, requiring large employers to lodge annual reports outlining the organisation’s progress against equality objectives. At the same time, the WGE Act contains many elements that represent a substantial departure from the current system. This legislative note examines three key areas of change: an expanded coverage that includes men; the reporting of outcomes rather than processes; and amendments to the compliance framework.
Keywords: gender equality, workplace discrimination, Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
JEL Classification: K31, J71
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