Workplace Gender Equality: Which employers made the cut?

Each year the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)  recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has announced the list of 2016 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders, with an impressive 106 Australian employers making the grade.

WGEA Director Libby Lyons said the growing list indicated that the business benefits and competitive advantage gained by addressing gender equality in the workplace were becoming more widely recognised.

“Employers increasingly recognise that equal participation by women and men at all levels of an organisation is good for workplace culture and performance,” said Ms Lyons.
“WGEA data shows there is progress towards gender equality in Australian workplaces, but it is too slow. It is only through more employers taking the initiative to promote gender equality in the workplace that we will see the pace of change pick up. That is why it is so encouraging to see more than 100 organisations meet the very high standard required to receive the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation this year.”

Equality trends

According to the WGEA, there were a number of trends among the 2016 recipients, including:


Equal employment  flexibility for all employees across an organisation
Female leadership  programs to support women into leadership and technical positions
tailored parental leave and return-to-work policies  tailored parental leave and return-to-work policies
Fathers caring leave  supporting men’s caring responsibilities


 workplace equality  

robust analysis and correction of gender pay gaps.


WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality List

The full list of organisations achieving the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation in 2016 is as follows:

Accenture Australia Ltd

AECOM Australia Pty Ltd

Alcoa of Australia Limited


Allianz Australia Services Pty Limited

American Express Australia Limited

AMP Limited ARC@UNSW Limited

Arup Pty Limited


ASX Limited

Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Australian Catholic University

AustralianSuper Pty Ltd

B & McK Services Trust

Baker & McKenzie

Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd

Becton Dickinson Pty Ltd




Caltex Australia Limited Limited

Citigroup Pty Limited

Clayton Utz

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Credit Union Australia Ltd

Curtin University

Deakin University

Deloitte Australia

DLA Piper Australia

Dow Chemical (Australia) Pty. Ltd.

Edith Cowan University


First State Super

GE Australia Pty Ltd

Genworth GHD Services Pty Ltd

Gilbert + Tobin

Griffith University


Henry Davis York

Herbert Smith Freehills

Holding Redlich

HSBC Bank Australia Limited

Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

K&L Gates

King & Wood Mallesons (Australia)

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

KPMG Australia

La Trobe University

Lauriston Girls’ School

Lend Lease Corporation Limited

Little Company of Mary Health Care Limited


McCullough Robertson Lawyers

McKinsey and Company

Medibank Private Limited

Mercedes-Benz Australia

Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd

Mercy Health

Minter Ellison

Mirvac Group

Monash University

National Australia Bank Limited

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Origin Energy Limited

Peoplebank Australia Limited


Philip Morris Limited

PPG Industries Australia Pty Ltd

Publicis Loyalty


Queensland Country Credit Union Limited


SAP Australia Pty Ltd

Shell Australia Pty

St Barbara Limited



Swinburne University of Technology

Tabcorp Holdings Limited

TAL Services Limited

Teachers Health Fund

Teachers Mutual Bank Limited

Telstra Corporation Limited

The Law Society of New South Wales

The University of Newcastle

ThoughtWorks Australia Pty Ltd

Transurban Limited


University of Canberra

University of Southern Queensland

University of Technology Sydney

University of Wollongong

UOW Enterprises

VMware Australia Pty Ltd


Western Sydney University

Westpac Group

YWCA Canberra

“I congratulate all the 2016 citation holders for their commitment and recognition of the strong business case for gender equality,” said Ms Lyons.

“I hope to see continued growth in this community of leading practice employers.”

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