Gender diversity in the workplace

Having a diverse workplace that welcomes all genders 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.

Gender equality can reduce expenses. A fairer workplace encourages employees to stay with a business.

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 people caring for young children, women who 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.
  • Read more about Supporting Working Parents on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Sex discrimination

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:

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