AFEI Employers Adviser Article


Reminder: Workplace Gender Equality Reporting for the 2014-15

and 2015-16 reporting periods

Published: 23 April 2015


Over the past year the Department of Employment undertook a series of consultations with employers to assess their views on gender equity reporting requirements. Clearly, changes are needed with 79 per cent of those consulted expressing their dissatisfaction. Current reporting requirements are considered too difficult and do not represent value for effort.

Employers reported to the Federal Government that it can take them up to eight weeks to complete the report with costs ranging from $2,000 to just above $30,000. Most had difficulty in collecting the data as their HR and payroll systems are not set up to do this and had problems aligning the data into the very specific format required by the Agency. Significantly, employers doubt that the current reporting framework will produce the workplace gender equality outcomes sought by the Agency.

Most employers said they would have difficulty in meeting additional reporting requirements due to be implemented from 1 April 2015. These findings replicate AFEI member views which we earlier put to the Federal Government.

The Government, having considered the findings from the consultation process, has announced that reporting requirements for the 2014-15 reporting period, which are due to be lodged with the Agency between 1 April and 31 May 2015, are unchanged.  Employers with 100 or more employees have to report on the same indicators as last year.

For the 2015-16 reporting period, employers will have to give the Agency new information on:

  • appointments, promotions and resignations for managers and non-managers
  • the proportion of employees that ceased employment following parental leave for managers and non-managers.

This is a disappointing outcome particularly given that employers made it very clear to the Federal Government that the reporting regime is a time consuming and costly regulatory burden.

The only improvement for employers is that they will not be required to provide data on the additional reporting requirements introduced by the previous Federal Government which were to commence in the 2015-16 reporting period.

For details of the new reporting requirements, see AFEI Circular 06/2015. 

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