Women in the workplace
Having a diverse workplace that welcomes both men and women brings a range of benefits to your business.
Advantages of having a gender balance in your workplace
Does your business respect and value the diversity brought by both women and men?
Research suggests that these kinds of businesses are better able to attract and keep high performers, as they like to work for businesses that they view as fair.
It also makes good business sense to ensure women are represented in the workplace because:
- women tend to be more highly educated than men. Statistics show 20% more women aged 25 to 34 hold bachelor degrees compared to men.
- women can help your business understand how to appeal to female customers. This is important as women are reported to control or influence 72% of household spending in Australia.
- gender equality can reduce expenses. A fair workplace encourages employees to stay with a business. Replacing an employee can cost 75% or more of their annual wage.
Preparing your workplace
It’s a great idea to offer flexible working arrangements to all employees, to ensure they can meet their personal or family commitments and be productive and happy in the workplace.
For women who are caring for young children, are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, a flexible workplace is extremely attractive. It's a good way to encourage your skilled employees to stay with your business.
For tips on managing a flexible workplace, read:
Support for employers
As an employer, you can access a range of government tools and program to help you diversify your workforce and employ more women, for example:
- Paid Parental Leave Scheme gives eligible working parents up to 18 weeks of government funded Parental Leave Pay at the National Minimum Wage. This can help you to keep your staff in the workforce when they become parents.
- Women in male-dominated industries: A toolkit gives suggestions and examples of how you can encourage more women to work in male-dominated industries.
It’s unlawful to disadvantage employees and job seekers in any way because of their:
- sex or marital status
- pregnancy or plans to become pregnant
- family responsibilities.
To make sure you have a discrimination-free workplace, and you understand your rights and responsibilities as an employer, check out:
- the Sex discrimination fact sheet for employers on the Australian Human Rights Commission website
- our equal opportunity and diversity page.